Dubai bans sale and purchase of wild animals from July

Dubai bans sale and purchase of wild animals from July
Published: 16 April 2017 - 6 a.m.

Dubai will ban the sale and purchase of wild animals from July 2018.

Dubai Municipality reported that the selling and buying of predatory animals and birds, such as lions, cheetahs, panthers, tigers and leopards, as well as hyenas, crocodiles, wild dogs, reptiles, eagles and vultures, will be outlawed in Dubai from July, according to Federal Law No. 22 of 2016.

The ban has been put in place to protect people, said Zuhoor Al Sabbagh, director of public health services department at Dubai Municipality.

As per the new rule, all predators should be registered at the municipality.

The list also includes zebras, African wild asses, kiangs, giraffes, rhinoceroses, bears, weasels, aardvarks, mongooses, pronghorns, as well as wild birds such as ostriches, eagles and vultures, gulls, penguins, cassowaries, and marsupials, xenarthrans, bats, snakes, lizards, scorpions, and spiders, a WAM report said.

In early January, UAE had passed a law banning the private ownership of wild animals.

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