UAE FNC’s new law to ban ownership of exotic animals
Individuals are banned to own wild and other domesticated but dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, apes and monkeys, as well as pit bulls, mastiffs and Japanese Tosa dogs, says a draft law passed on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi by the Federal National Council. It also warns that pet owners who fail to control their pet dogs in public places will face tough penalties including one month jail term.
The law requires a final approval from President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan before it takes effect. Once enforced, the new law gives owners of exotic wild animals six months to adjust their legal status by handing over these animals to authorities. The new law notes that most wild animals cannot be reared as pets since they are vulnerable to unpredictable behavioural changes that could go out of control. The draft law includes tough penalties for offenders of up to life imprisonment and/or a AED 1 million fine.
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