Dubai to ban trade in dangerous animals from July

Selling and buying predatory and dangerous animals and birds will be outlawed in Dubai from July under new laws, it has been announced.

The ban will cover animals including lions, cheetahs, panthers, tigers and leopards, as well as hyenas, crocodiles, wild dogs, predatory reptiles, eagles and vultures, Dubai Municipality said.

State news agency WAM said the ban aims to protect people's lives from dangerous animals, quoting Zuhoor Al Sabbagh, director of Public Health Services Department at Dubai Municipality.

Under the new ruling, all predators should be registered at the Municipality, she was quoted as saying.

The list also includes zebras, African wild asses, kiangs, giraffes, rhinoceroses, bears, weasels, aardvarks, mongooses, pronghorns, as well as wild birds such as ostriches, eagles and vultures, gulls, penguins, cassowaries, and marsupials, xenarthrans, bats, snakes, lizards, scorpions, and spiders.

Domesticated cats, dogs, rats, cows, sheep, camels, llamas, alpacas and other non-dangerous animals are not included in the ban, WAM added. 

In early January, the UAE passed a law banning the private ownership and trade of wild and dangerous animals.

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