Calls for tougher laws after cat is found mutilated
The law needs to be tougher on people found guilty of torturing animals in Dubai.
Lawyer Rashid Tahlak (inset) said the new penalty of Dhs5,000 fine for torturing a pet is not going harsh enough.
Tahlak said: “Anyone who tortures or abuses a pet in the UAE can be fined a maximum of Dhs5,000.
“But if we want to stop people from such behaviour then we need imprisonment too.
“It’s easy for people to pay such a fine and they can still torture or kill a pet. It’s not enough punishment.”
He claimed that if a person tortured an animal and didn’t feel guilty then they might harm humans in the future.
“A pet has a soul just like humans and if a person thinks it’s easy to torture a cat then it’s easy for them to torture a human,” he said.
“When you look in the history or the childhood of many people with a criminal record, you will see they used to torture cats or dogs in the past.
“If a person feels that it’s fine to abuse or torture a cat then he can easily harm humans.”
Tahlak believes that punishing offenders with a jail sentence will act as an effective deterrent.
“I think the punishment must include imprisonment for at least three months or anyone who is caught abusing or torturing a pet must spend three days in police custody,” he said.
Last month, the fine for abusing or torturing an animal was increased from Dhs1,000 to Dhs5,000.
Last week, a Dubai vet told of their anger after a kitten was brought to the clinic with its tail and ears cut off in what the vet said was “the worst case of abuse I have seen”.
7DAYS also highlighted how failing to provide adequate care for exotic pets could lead to fines of between Dhs200,000 – Dhs500,000.
TORTURED: There was outrage when we reported how a cat’s ears were cut off