Owner claims he didn’t fit stun de­vice to an­i­mal

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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.

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