UAE Outlaws Keeping Wild Animals as Pets

Last edited 4th January 2017

UAE Outlaws Keeping Wild Animals as Pets

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has outlawed the keeping of wild animals, like lions or tigers, as pets.

For some in the oil-rich Gulf State, owning the likes of a cheetah is a status symbol, but they now risk jail or a fine.

Big cats have been pictured being taken on walks in social media postings.

Past pictures featured lions in the back of cars, and a video emerged in October showing five tigers on a beach in Dubai. Unsurprisingly, officials are concerned about the dangers posed by freely-roaming animals.

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