Applaud Turkey for Improving Animal Welfare Laws


Target: Justice and Development Party Deputy Selçuk Özdağ

Goal: Thank the Turkish government for instituting measures against animal cruelty

Turkey has taken a momentous step for animal welfare: From now on, anyone who owns or sells pets must have a certificate that proves they are able to properly care for the animal and meet all of its basic needs. The Turkish government has also furthered the cause of animal cruelty laws, and has introduced legislation to address the environmental impact of pets as well as the welfare of animals used in experiments.

Huge numbers of stray dogs and cats roam Turkish cities, but they are often treated as communal pets, protected from the elements and given food and shelter on doorsteps. Others, however, don’t fare as well—dogs are considered unclean in many Muslim countries—and Turkey has lacked comprehensive welfare laws to protect these animals from harm.

The new laws ban the sale of all animals except birds and fish from pet stores, and those found guilty of torture and abuse or neglect of animals will receive jail time. Unfortunately, animal fighting has not yet been addressed by the Turkish government. Even so, the revision of welfare laws will help countless animals and crack down on neglect and abuse.

These are the first crucial steps toward wide-spread welfare regulations for animals, and they have opened the door to discussions for future steps. Sign the petition below to thank the Turkish government for taking a stand against animal abuse.


Dear Deputy Selçuk Özdağ,

Thank you for making significant changes in Turkey’s animal welfare laws. Under new legislation, animal abuse will finally be punishable by prison time, and pet owners will have to prove themselves capable of providing for their animals. An obligation to take an animal to the veterinarian has also been introduced, and experimental work on animals will be restricted as well. Until this point, Turkey has lacked comprehensive animal cruelty laws, and this legislation will hopefully open the way for continued action.

I am grateful that the Turkish government has taken such strong action to protect animals, and I urge the government to continue to fight for animal rights and far-reaching reforms that would also address animal fights and other cruelty. These are just the first steps to protecting the lives of animals in Turkey, but they are admirable and worthy of commendation.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Thank you so much for your compassion to animals.

  2. wepeople ,in other countries dont know what is happening unless we are told or shown such as what is happening to these animals so the more videos that are posted the better chance we have to get petitions signed

  3. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you!

  4. Very good news !!! I am happy thank you so much

  5. Alice Cheang says:

    So proud of you Turkey! Btw, there is no “unclean” animal in the world, only “unclean” human minds. Animals are the greatest thing that ever happened on earth and thank you for watching over their welfare.

  6. I recently viewed a Facebook post about 2 guys that are probably envoled in dog fighting. This post was a video and pictures of them cutting off a dogs ears. I find this diplorable. I am very happy to see Turkey taking steps to care for their animals but i feel they also must take action against people that mistreat animals. Please I am begging for someone to save this dog and any other animals in these men’s possession.

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