“I threw myself to the wolves, only to learn of the tenderness in their howl, and the loyalty in their blood.”
Monk seals, turtles, moon jellyfish, whales, dolphins, porpoises.
Pheasants, grebes, shearwaters, petrels, cormorants, pelicans, storks, ospreys, eagles, falcons, owls, chaffinches.
Red deer, brown bears, wild boars, lynxes, wolves, mountain goats, water buffalos, squirrels.
Lizards, tortoises, chameleons, agamas, mosquitoes, butterflies, vipers, grass snakes, black snakes.
Stray dogs and cats can be found in the streets. Stray dog problems are often dealt with by killing or poisoning them. Pets are sold in Turkish markets and displayed in small cages.
Mules and donkeys are used by the locals to transport loads. Horse-drawn carriages are used for transportation.
A public holiday, Kurban Bayramı, is the holiday of sacrifice. It involves slaughtering of animals (typically goats) in households.
Animals in municipal shelters are not given enough medical care and food. Hence, even if they are in shelters, they still suffer due to miserable conditions.
Animals commonly hunted are wild boars, bezoars, roe bucks, red stags and birds such as pheasants and partridges.
Turkish animal protection law now forbids animal fights. However organized dog fights do occur away away from the public eye.
We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.