Cheetahs, tigers and lions banned as pets in the UAE - News Summed Up

Cheetahs, tigers and lions banned as pets in the UAE


Story highlights Citizens who own an exotic pet will now face fines and jail sentencesCheetahs, tigers and lions are considered a status symbol across the region(CNN) Cheetahs, tigers and lions have infamously become a status symbol in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE). But now wealthy citizens taming such wild animals to keep as pets face a $136,000 (700,000 Dirham) fine or jail. After years of pressure from animal welfare groups, the Gulf country has passed a law banning the private ownership and trade of wild and dangerous animals. Ronel Barcellos, manager of the Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center, told CNN: "The UAE has come a long way ... I am happy to see that the law has been passed, but steps need to be taken to ensure that it is implemented properly."


Source: CNN January 11, 2017 01:04 UTC


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