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Pet owners would face punishment for abandoning animals, after the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) introduced new regulations about pet abandonment.

Pet owners’ full responsibility for the animal

New regulations about animal welfare have come into force today. Pet owners have to assume full responsibility for the animal(s), depending on the owner for health, nutrition and shelter. Plus, maintaining records of their daily routine, genetic lineage and productivity are necessary. Frequent visits to the vet are highly recommended for keeping them healthy.

Abandoning pets now illegal

Giving up pet ownership has a process. If a pet owner no longer wishes to take responsibility for the animal(s), they’re required to hand them over to relevant authorities. Whereas, inability to provide the animal(s) with adequate nutrition, rest and shelter are punishable by law, considering it “animal cruelty.”

Pets not allowed for performances or against their nature

Under the new regulations, pet owners will be seen as violating the law for involving their animal(s) in pranks, entertainment performances and staged fights. Other violations include promoting drugs and steroids, using electroshock devices on them, transportation and health standards.

New regulations in line with global animal welfare standards

Saif Mohammed Al Shara from Sustainable Communities Sector says the newly imposed laws were created with a “legislative framework for animal protection and biodiversity preservation” to ensure the UAE’s animal welfare standards fall in line with global standards. He said, “Our role at MOCCAE is to develop a legislative framework for animal protection and biodiversity preservation. The executive regulations for Federal Law No. 16 of 2007 on animal welfare and its amendments in Federal Law No. 18 of 2016 are in line with global animal welfare standards.”

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