22; originally passed in June as draft legislation) prohibits the personal ownership of a long list of dangerous wild animals, including big cats, hyenas, primates, bears, bats, wolves, zebras, giraffe, hippos, ostriches, vultures, crocodiles, snakes, spiders, scorpions and many others.
This is a fabulous gift for animals, people and the environment in the new year.
We strongly encourage other governments - not only in the Arabian Peninsula but around the world - to adopt similar legislation to prevent wild animal suffering and to protect people from dangerous encounters with such wild animals.
Since IFAW established its office in the UAE in late 2007, it has been clear that the ownership of exotic dangerous pets is a problem in the Arabian Peninsula.
IFAW has long spoken out against the ownership of wild animals through the education of school students, educating them about the drawbacks of keeping wild animals as pets from different points of view.