Turkey's Ministry of Forestry and Water drafted a law that would send city dogs to "wildlife parks" on city outskirts. This would mean dogs would be placed in an environment where they would be required to fend for themselves to find food. Dogs could get so desperate and hungry that they may attack one another. The law was set aside after heavy opposition from animal rights organizations and activists.
Istanbul-based animal rights lawyer Ahmet Senpolat said, “The draft law does not address the problem at the core: animal smuggling and illegal pet shops. Animal smugglers only face a fine of a few hundred euros at worst, they continue to bring expensive pure-bred puppies and sell them to pet stores. People often buy the puppies from pet stores, and abandon them when they become too tough to handle.”