News of atrocities committed against animals is increasing day by day. Animals poisoned, beaten and raped on the streets make our conscience ache. But are the laws against these atrocities sufficient?

Amendments to the Law on the Protection of Animals have introduced prison sentences for those who torture animals. While this is an important development, the shortcomings in implementation and the lack of deterrence are worrying.

According to the law, those who torture animals can be imprisoned from 4 months to 3 years. However, it is seen that these penalties are not deterrent and there are many difficulties in implementation.

Is the Punishment Sufficient?

The sentences given to those who torture animals are usually postponed or converted into money. This encourages the criminals and increases their recurrence. In addition, the crime of animal cruelty is conditional on "willful commission". This can lead to impunity if the perpetrator's intent cannot be proven.

Deficiencies in the Law

There are also some important shortcomings in the Animal Protection Law. For example, although animal fighting is prohibited, this prohibition is not effectively enforced.In addition, there are not enough efforts to reduce the number of animals used in experiments and to develop alternative methods to these experiments.What can be done?In the fight against animal torture, laws need to be deterrent and effectively enforced.It is also important to raise public awareness on animal welfare and to emphasize education.

The Role of Civil Society Organizations

The role of non-governmental organizations in animal protection is also very important. These organizations can monitor the implementation of laws and work for legal regulations when necessary. They can also carry out education and awareness-raising activities to prevent violence against animals.