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."
January 11, 2017 01:04 UTC