Turkish animal rights activist meet the Prime Minister for stringent
animal cruelty laws
2 March 2011
On February 23rd Turkish animal
rights activists met with the prime minister to urge the government to pass
stringent laws against animal abuse, increase the quality of shelter
services and prohibit dolphin aquariums in Turkey.
meeting between animal rights activists, the Istanbul mayor and the Turkish
Prime Minister, activists asked for support for the passing of a bill which
is proposed by the Istanbul Bar Association's Animal Rights Commission, also
backed by a number of government deputies. The bill seeks to place animal
abuse under the Turkish Penal Code and make crimes against animals
punishable with jail sentences of at least three years.
also introduces sanctions that will ban a person convicted of animal abuse
from employment in jobs around children, such as schools or school
cafeterias, hospitals and other medical facilities.
meeting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to support the bill ...