Animal welfare laws in UAE

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Having a pet is a wonderful opportunity to find unrequited love. There is just something about owning a pet that can bring out the best, or worst, in people. Taking care of an animal is a huge responsibility and it is up to the pet owner to ensure that their animal is receiving quality medical care, food, water, and attention. When these situations are not being met then animal cruelty is the result.

We hear and see many cases where animals are not receiving the help and care that they so desperately need. It is our job as the owners or guardians to protect the animals from abuse and not to leave them neglected or roaming around on the streets as stray animals. In this article we will discuss have a role in protecting animal rights, it is the duty of lawyers from law firms in UAE to safeguard the rights of animals.

Animal welfare law

What are some of the laws that govern animal cruelty in UAE?

UAE government issued stringent laws against animal cruelty to people who own animals as pets or livestock.Under Federal Law 18, individuals who are found guilty of abusing or illegal hunting, buying or selling of animals face a fine of Dh200, 000 and a one-year prison term. However, these legal provisions need to be made even tougher and most times a proper case is not filed against injured animals.

There is the new draft law passed by the Federal National Council recently which offers hope as it includes life imprisonment and/or a Dh1 million fine. In fact, the first ever National Conference on Animal Welfare was held late last year in Dubai and it is first also for the region. It discussed a new national strategy on animal welfare in the making.

These are, undoubtedly, effective ways to combat the issue, but there are other, equally important, measures that must be stepped up. Animal welfare awareness campaigns, social discourses on the need to treat animals humanely must be concurrent with the force of the law by voluntary organizations. the more people change their attitudes towards animals in a positive way, the better is the social outcome.