Previous case for the answer to the question ‘who stays the cats when the couples separate’

The 30th Civil Court of First Instance in Istanbul received an expert report on how the psychology of cats would be affected when deciding in the case of separated lovers and cats they adopted while they were together.

Cingöz and Piraye. Photo: AA

According to filing information cited by AA, the couple, who lived together for some time, adopted the cats they named Piraye in 2013 and Cingöz, who was blind in 2015, but the couple’s relationship ended. in 2016.

After their separation, the male plaintiff, who was a real estate agent, filed a lawsuit demanding that the cats be returned to him. In his motion, CO said he left the cats with his ex-girlfriend until he found a new home and settled down, and continued to see them even when the defendant didn’t. was not at home during this time.

The Piraye social responsibility project ‘4 walls 1 location‘, and that a portion of the advisory fees obtained from each portfolio sale under the project, the food needs of animals awaiting adoption in shelters are covered.I have the cats now” He said he had the answer. The plaintiff demanded from the court that the cats be returned to him.

During the trial, the 30th Civil Court of First Instance in Istanbul asked the veterinary expert to prepare a report on the current living conditions of the cats, whether they could live independently from each other and how their psychology would be affected if they were separated.

The expert examined the cats at home

While preparing his report, the expert examined the cats in the woman’s house. Stating that all the needs of cats are met in the current habitat and their health is good, the expert said that frequently changing the habitats of animals will create stress, Piraye can get used to the change of environment in little time, but it will be difficult for Cingöz to get used to it because he is blind.

The court dismissed the lawsuit filed by the male plaintiff following the trial. In the reasoned decision, it was pointed out that, according to the Animal Welfare Act, animals have the right to life, nutrition, care and not to be subjected to mistreatment,Animals are alive and have basic needs such as food, drink and shelter. Although not everything is known about the spiritual abilities of animals, it is said that they are at least sentient and feel pain and joy just like humans.” he said.

According to information on file, the decision stated that Piraye and Cingöz were jointly owned by the parties, and in this case the cats were jointly owned by the parties until the parties separated.

The applicant did not provide financial support for the care of the male cats

It was stated that after the parties separated their homes, the defendant woman took care of the cats and covered her expenses. The decision stated that the male plaintiff, who maintained that he had temporarily left the cats behind and would take them back after reinstating their order, had failed to provide the necessary financial support for the care of the cats. cats during this period.

In this case, it was admitted that the defendant had acquired the right of ownership over Piraye and Cingöz.

“Series of precedents”

The defendant’s lawyer, Oğuzhan Bostanoğlu, assessed the decision as follows: “Although the case in question is subject to the provisions of the furniture issue, it is a good decision for Cingöz and Piraye to stay with the client, because of international conventions and the conscientious discretion of the judge and the fact that the case is being treated as a custody case.Even though the cats are co-owned, the fact that the plaintiff does not share in any of the cats’ expenses and does not care for the cats for many years after the adoption means that he renounced his right of ownership. On the contrary, the client, on the contrary, protected and watched over the cats like his children, as evidenced by the expert report, and alone assumed all the costs. The decision is likely to create a precedent for animals that married or loving couples have together.

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