Calls for tougher laws af­ter cat is found mu­ti­lated

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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.

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