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‘Binned’ dead cheetah highlights animal abuse in the Gulf


By Susanna Larue

In a region where owning exotic wildlife offers you social applause and praise, questions surrounding the rights of animals have started to be raised.

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According to Qatari law, those caught selling or owning an exotic, illegally traded animal face up to six months imprisonment and fines ranging from QAR 1,000 to QAR 10,000. Despite the repercussions, trading of animals has yet to cease, with multiple reports confirming the ongoing sale of exotic species in the country. On some occasions, cheetahs have even been seen out in public, according to veterinary clinics that have dealt with such cases.

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