Don’t Buy That Tiger! Dubai Aims To Control Illegal Pets Trade

Since the time of the Ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians, affluent Middle Easterners had a thing for domesticating wild animals as pets. This trend continued into modern times but times are different as many species like the Barbary Lion and other wildcats that roamed the deserts were hunted to extinction decades ago.

Crazy videos of lion and tiger owners awkwardly handling their pets have gone viral in recent years with some making a TikTok careers out of this dangerous hobby.

Via Green Prophet

The impact of this hobby/status symbol is having a deep impact on wildlife conservation and the UAE government is stepping up.

As the UAE is set to host the COP 28 environmental conference, the authorities are doing their best to track down the financial infringements that support this illegal industry that is worth billions worldwide.


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