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UAE bans private ownership of wild animals

05 January 2017

UAE has banned the private ownership of wild animals, according to latest report. 

In October, in one such outing with five tigers on a beach near the iconic Burj Al-Arab hotel in Dubai, went viral on social media, while others have been filmed driving around with lions.

Now, the new law bans dealing in ownership of all types of wild and domesticated, but dangerous animals, report English dailies.

Such animals are allowed to be kept only in zoos, wildlife parks, circuses, breading and research centres, the newspaper said.

Now, as per law, anyone who take a Leopard, Cheetah or any other kind of exotic animal out in public will face a jail term of nearly six months, and fine upto Dh.500,000, it said.

According to an Arabic daily, use of wild animals to ‘terrorise’ others will attract a jail term or a fine up to Dh.700,000.  The legislation also imposes new restrictions on traditional pets.

Dog owners, however, are required to obtain permits and keep the animals on leashes in public. Those who fail to obtain the licenses face fines of up to Dh.100,000.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries

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