International News: Turkey Celebrates World Animal Day by Seeking Tougher Animal Protection LawPosted by Stephanie Ulmer, Guest Blogger on October 22nd, 2010
Turkish animal rights activists are seeking to criminalize the abuse of animals after collecting a record number of signatures for a petition campaign. HürriyetDailyNews.com reports that the petition campaign collected 250,000 signatures in just 55 days, a huge number in a very short time for such a petition drive. The signatures were collected by the non-governmental organization, Animal Rights Platform, and were presented to the Justice Ministry’s General Directorate for Law early on October 4th.
The campaign, which started August 15th, seeks to have animal abuse reclassified as a criminal offense rather than a misdemeanor. Under the current Turkish law, Animal Law No. 5199, which falls under the Law on Misdemeanors, “a person who abuses or rapes a stray animal receives a fine of 300 liras,” but the case is not investigated as a judicial case.