Lion and tiger cubs rescued from Sharjah

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Animal protection officers seized a white lion cub and two tiger cubs that were being illegally sold in the UAE.

Officers from the Environment and Protected Areas Authority raided a house in Sharjah after a tip-off.

Two monkeys were also discovered in the raid.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chair of the Environment and Natural Reserves Authority, explained that the process of confiscating dangerous and predatory animals could take two to three months, as some of the complaints that arrived were malicious.

New legislation introduced in March 2019 banned people from keeping dangerous or exotic animals.

The UAE Cabinet added details to laws passed in 2016, which rule that the only places allowed to own wild animals are zoos, animal parks, scientific research centres and other institutions licensed by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

Cases of animal cruelty can be reported online at a new Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) website.

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