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Animal law

Animal law

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  • Feb 7, 2021

Animal law

Article 1- The purpose of this Law; To ensure the comfortable lives of animals and their good and appropriate treatment, to ensure that animals are protected in the best way against pain, suffering and suffering and to prevent all kinds of victimization.


Article 2- This Law covers the regulations to be made in line with the purpose article, the measures to be taken, the coordination to be provided, the supervision, restriction and obligations and the penal provisions to be imposed.


Article 3- Of the terms used in this Law;

a) Habitat: The place where an animal or animal community naturally lives,

b) Ethology: The branch of science that studies the innate and unique behaviors of an animal species,

c) Ecosystem: The biological, physical and chemical system in which living things maintain their relationships among themselves and with their non-living environment in an orderly manner,

d) Species: Populations that can mate with each other and produce fertile offspring capable of reproduction,

e) Pets: Animals that have been cultured and trained by humans,

f) Unattended animal: Pets that do not have a place to shelter or are located outside the boundaries of the home and land of their owner or guardian and are not under the control or direct control of any owner or guardian,

g) Debilitated animal: Passenger and cargo animals that have lost their physical ability to work due to various reasons such as aging, mutilation, injury and illness, except for contagious and epidemic animal diseases,

h) Wild animal: Vertebrate and invertebrate animals that live freely in nature, which are not domesticated and not cultured,

ı) Domestic and ornamental animal: Any animal whose care and responsibility is undertaken by its owners, which are kept or intended to be kept or intended to be kept for private pleasure and companionship, especially at home, in workplaces or lands,


j) Controlled animal: Registered house and ornamental animals that are owned by a person, institution, institution or legal entity, whose care, vaccinations, periodic health checks are carried out,

k) Animal shelter: A facility where animals will be rehabilitated,

l) Experiment: The use of any animal for experimental or other scientific purposes that will cause pain, suffering, sadness or long-term damage,

m) Experimental animal: The animal used or to be used in the experiment,

n) Slaughter animal: Animals slaughtered for food purposes,

o) Ministry: Ministry of Environment and Forestry,



Article 4- The basic principles regarding the protection and comfortable living of animals are as follows:

a) All animals are born equal and have the right to live within the framework of the provisions of this Law.

b) Pets have the freedom to live in conditions specific to their species. The lives of stray animals, as well as owned animals, should be supported.

c) Necessary precautions should be taken for the protection, care, care and keeping of animals away from maltreatment.

d) It is essential to encourage natural and legal persons who care for or want to care for orphaned and incapacitated animals, without pursuing any material gain or benefit, only with humanitarian and conscientious responsibilities, and to ensure coordination within this scope.

e) It is essential to protect the species under threat of extinction and their habitats.

f) It is essential that wild animals are not separated from their habitats and an animal living freely in nature is not caught and deprived of freedom.

g) Protection of animals and ensuring their comfortable life; The hygiene, health and safety of humans and other animals should also be taken into account.

h) It is essential that animals are cared for, fed, housed and transported under conditions specific to their species.

ı) Those who transport and transport animals should carry them in suitable conditions and conditions, feed and care during transportation.

j) It is essential that local governments, in cooperation with voluntary organizations, establish animal shelters and hospitals for the protection of abandoned and incapacitated animals, provide their care and treatment, and conduct training activities.

k) In order to prevent uncontrolled reproduction, it is essential that cats and dogs fed and housed in communal living areas are neutered by their owners. However, those who want to breed their animals are obliged to register and / or distribute the babies to be born by the municipality.


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