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Dubai Authorities Enforce Law on ‘Regulating Possession of Dangerous Animals’

Dubai Authorities Enforce Law on ‘Regulating Possession of Dangerous Animals’

Wednesday, 16 June, 2021 - 07:15
Dubai Marina Beach in the Gulf emirate. Dubai authorities said Tuesday a joint task force was cracking down on the illegal possession of dangerous animals as owning exotic wildlife remains popular in some circles. (AFP)

The Dubai Police General Command and the Dubai Municipality have unveiled a joint task force to implement Federal Law No. 22 of 2016 regulating the possession of dangerous animals.

The task force formation is aimed at maintaining a happy and sustainable city that embraces a healthy and safe environment free of animal transmitted diseases.

The Dubai Police and Municipality indicated that the joint work team has responded to many cases of violations during the past weeks, after receiving several complaints from the public.

They also called on the public to report violators who possess dangerous and wild animals and to hand them over to the Veterinary Services Department at the earliest.

The law prohibits every natural or legal person from owning, possessing, trading or breeding dangerous animals, state news agency WAM reported.

It also states that violators will be sentenced to imprisonment between one and six months and fined between AED10,000 and AED500,000 or to either of the said two penalties.

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