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New law bans ownership of wild animals in the UAE



New laws on pet ownership have just been confirmed, making ownership of wild animals illegal. But it’s also now an offence to take your dog off a leash in public places and doing so could result in a fine of up to AED100,000. Here’s what you need to know…

If you just bought yourself a nice villa with a garden in Jumeirah 3 with the view to adding a tiger to the family, it’s time to rethink your plans. A new federal law regulating the possession, trade and breeding of dangerous animals has been issued by the UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Penalties range from AED10,000 to AED700,000 for breaches of the law which have really been brought in to deter anyone from keeping pets including cheetahs and lions.

This isn’t the first time that ownership of wild animals has been discussed. Four lions, a lioness, three pythons, and two crocodiles have been removed from homes in Sharjah by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA), it was reported in October.

According to reports, the new law bans dealing in and ownership of “all types of wild and domesticated but dangerous animals”. It stipulates that such animals can only be kept at zoos, wildlife parks, circuses, breeding and research centres.

But the new law also imposes some restrictions on traditional pets.  If you have a dog you will need a license, vaccines against all dangerous diseases and you also must always keep it on a leash when in public. The fine for breaching this law ranges from AED10,000 to AED100,000, so make sure you know the rules before getting a pet. Owners have until June to get the necessary licenses in place.

If you’re considering adding a new friend to the family… may we recommend that you get a goldfish?

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