UAE officials say they're tired of animals running wild in the streets

captive cheetah

Imagine finding a hungry cheetah in your backyard…

Or baboons roaming the street where you live…

A tiger in the car next to you at a light..

A chimpanzee on the beach..

These are just a few examples of animals, once in private hands, running wild in cities in United Arab Emirates. It’s become such a problem that the authorities are readying to take an action and end the wildlife trade.

There is a need to draft a tough law to prevent public from keeping dangerous wild animals in their homes. Incidents involving these animals have been increased in the UAE and importation of dangerous wild animals permits should not be issued for the public anymore.

On April 17, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, chaired the Ministerial Council for Services meeting in Abu Dhabi city and ordered clear instructions to start working on a law that regulates and possession of dangerous wild animals in the United Arab of Emirates.

The Council has given directives to the Ministry of Environment to draft necessary laws to prevent this practice. WAM reported.

Last year the city of Ajman issued local order No. 54 which bans keeping wild animals, un-domesticated animals and reptiles in houses and under current legislation a fine of US$ 2700 for those who will not follow the new local law.

IFAW Middle East North Africa office fights wildlife trade by educating and raising awareness, publishing kids’ books and organizing wildlife law enforcement training. On April 24, IFAW participated in Al-Ain HCT Green Week to educate hundreds of students about the harm of keeping exotic animals in their houses and promote animal welfare and conversation policies.

IFAW also has been running a public awareness campaign called Think Twice calling on residents of the United Arab Emirates to reject the notion of owning these magnificent but dangerous wild animals

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