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UAE dog owners to require special licence



Many see owning a pet as a rite of passage – marriage, home, pet, baby. Or at least that’s what it looks like on Instagram. But many charities warn that a pet is a huge commitment, that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The UAE is taking steps to control the well-being of animals (as well as communities in general) by introducing pet licencing, according to Khaleej Times. The draft law by the Federal National Council will cover all domestic pets, which means the likes of family dogs as well as any exotic animals.

According to the newspaper, those who don’t have a proper licence and vaccinations against diseases could receive a fine of between AED10,000 and AED200,000 – this fine extends to anyone who sells or breeds animals without a licence.

There are no reports as to when this law will be introduced, however, The National state that owners will have six months to buy the licence and vaccinations.

The new law also looks to protect the community from other people’s pets, putting responsibility for training and controlling an animal firmly with its owner. If anyone is injured by an animal the owner could face jail time and/or a fine, and if someone is killed the owner could face manslaughter charges.

As well as typical domestic animals, the law bans the possession of wild animals for private owners. It also looks at regulating the trade of those which are viewed as predatory or dangerous.

Dr Thani Alzeyoudi, Minister of Environment and Climate Change told The National that they are preparing to take in owners from animals keen to comply with the new law: “We started last week working on this while coordinating with local parties to see what capacities we have to accommodate the number of wild animals that will be handed over.”

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