Turkey drafts law giving 10 years in jail for animal cruelty

Turkey has prepared a draft law recommending a prison sentence of up to 10-and-a-half years for cruelty to animals, news website Diken said.

The Ministry of Justice sent a 48-page draft to justice commissions across Turkey last week and asked for their opinions within 30 days.

The amendments made in the Animal Protection Law include sentences of between four months and three years in jail for those found guilty of killing and torturing either pet animals or stray animals with or without a reason, the newspaper said.

If more than one animal is harmed, the penalty will be increased by half plus six months to four-and-a-half years, it said.

“Up to three years to seven years imprisonment will be given to those found guilty of killing endangered animal species. If the crime is committed against more than one animal, the penalty will be increased by half and it will be four-and-a-half years to 10-and-a-half years,” the draft law said.

People who have forced animals to fight will be given between two months and two years in jail, according to the draft.