Strengthen Punishments for Animal Abusers


Target: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey

Goal: Implement harsher punishments against animal abusers

A man who sodomized a dog almost got off without criminal charges due to lax laws in Turkey. Bystanders reported the man to police after he was seen in a bank lobby holding the dog by the neck while sexually abusing it, and police were able to get the man to admit to the crime after showing him security footage of the act.

Since the cruelty, torture, or killing of animals is only a misdemeanor in Turkey, the man almost got off with a slap on the wrist before an animal advocacy group hired a lawyer for the dog’s owner, who was able to impose criminal charges against the offender another way. Since pets are considered property in Turkey, the owner was able to lay charges of property destruction, and the state laid charges of immodest behavior.

With dogs being considered property in Turkey, there is little to protect stray or wild animals from the same kind of abuse and torture. Most of the time, animal abusers get away with a fine and no record of their crimes, no matter how brutal. Even repeat offenders or those who commit particularly heinous crimes often get off with no more than a very mild reprimand.

It is ridiculous that while the government considers cruelty against animals to be a crime, the punishment is so minimal, allowing crimes to go almost unpunished except in the most publicized cases. Sign the petition below to demand that Turkey implement harsher punishments for animal welfare abuses in order to protect stray and wild animals.


Dear President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

A man who sexually abused a dog in a public bank lobby almost managed to get away with nothing but a fine. Animal rights groups were able to hire a lawyer to help the owner file charges of destruction of property and indecent behavior, but only because the dog in question was not a stray.

Most of the time, abusers of stray and wild animals get off with a small fine and no criminal record. Even the abusers of family-owned pets often get off if their cases are not as highly publicized as the one above.

Though the government considers animal abuses a crime, the punishment is so minimal that it is almost insignificant. We, the undersigned, ask that harsher punishments are implemented against animal abusers in Turkey.


[Your Name Here]

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