Owner claims he didn’t fit stun device to animal
A man convicted of placing an electronic shock device on the back of his camel to force it to race faster is fighting his jail sentence.
The Omani national fitted the device to the 18month-old animal as he prepared it to participate in a race in the UAE earlier this year. He was caught before the event started.
The device was located between the robot jockey used in racing and the animal.
The camel owner was convicted of animal abuse.
Prosecutors said the man intentionally used the remote- By Ismail Sebugwaawo controlled device. Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance jailed him for six weeks and ordered the camel be taken from him. The Omani has now challenged the sentence. Yesterday at Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal, he admitted to placing the device but claimed he had no idea of the effect it had, nor that it was banned. He offered no further explanation as to who suggested he use the device. “I had placed the electronic device on the camel but I had no idea it had an effect on the animal,” said the man.
“I am asking for forgiveness and be spared from jail.”
The trial was adjourned until next month. This is not the first time owners have used such devices.
In 2012, Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced an Emirati, an Omani and a Bangladeshi to three months in prison after being found guilty of animal abuse.
The trio had planned to win a race by shocking Sawlajan 12 into moving faster.
However, the cheats were the ones left shocked when their runner came second and the plot was uncovered by officials.
A fourth defendant, the Emirati owner, was acquitted of the charges.