2 August 2016

FNC discusses draft law on banning exotic animal ownership

Abu Dhabi: The Federal National Council on Tuesday discussed a draft law which would stop individuals from owning wild and other domesticated but

dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, apes and monkeys, as well as pit bulls, mastiffs and Japanese tosa dogs. The law is designed to stop people from unlicensed dealing and ownership of all types of wild and other domesticated but dangerous animals, according to the draft law, which requires to be finally approved by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan before it takes effect. Fact Box description starts here Fact Box description ends here

The draft law includes penalties for offenders of up to life imprisonment and/or a Dh1 million fine. Fact Box description starts here Fact Box description ends here

Those who use an animal to attack people and the assault causes death will face life imprisonment. In the event the attack causes a disability, a prison term of up to seven years will be imposed. If other minor injuries are inflicted, a prison term of not more than a year and a fine of up to Dh10,000 will be given, according to the new bill. Fact Box description starts here Fact Box description ends here

Under the new law, those who use animals to terrorise people will face a jail term and/or a range of fines from Dh10,000 to Dh400,000.

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In addition to banning the unlicensed ownership of these wild and other dangerous animals, the law also outlines stricter records of wild or dangerous domesticated or undomesticated animals. It also calls for all kinds of imported animals to be registered and carry official certificates issued by UAE vets.