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Turkey passes new animal rights law: acknowledging animals as living beings rather than commodities

2021-08-14
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Turkey passes new animal rights law.

Acknowledging animals as living beings rather than commodities, the new Turkish legislation substantially increases the punishment for those who inflict harm, torture or death on animals. The individual found guilty of such crimes will face a prison sentence from six months to four years, while caregivers found intentionally abandoning their animal companions are subject to a fine of up to the equivalent of US$230. 

Additionally, police will be allowed to form animal protection squads to respond to incidents of abuse as well as cock- and dog-fighting. In 2019, the Turkish parliament formed an Animal Rights Legislative Commission that has helped to develop the updated law. Turkey is a Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion recipient, and a laureate of five Shining World Leadership Awards for Compassion and Shining World Leadership Awards for Protection and Good Governance. 

We applaud your ruling, Turkey. May life-protecting measures be adopted and − most importantly − implemented across the world, so that our human race can finally be called humane, in Allah’s approval. 

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