Oman bans animal exploitation in entertainment shows

Dubai: Oman has banned exploiting animals for entertainment, and violators will be slapped with a jail term of up to one month and a fine of 500 riyals, local media reported.

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The new move is based on Royal Decree No. 21 for 2017, which governs the protection of animals from such practices. According to Article 13 of the decree, anyone who exploits animals for entertainment shows will be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding one month, or a fine of up to 500 riyals, or both.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources has listed the regulations of the animal welfare law to immediately put these protection measures into force.

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“The decision includes all practices that may harm animals, such as organising cock fights or bullfights, or injecting camels with dangerous substances,” local media quoted an official at the ministry.

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This decision was issued in coordination with other Gulf states because events such as camel races are often organised alongside other Gulf countries.

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Penalties will be imposed on owners who expose animals to any sort of neglect, including malnutrition and a lack of adequate rest, acts of cruelty, such as hitting the animal on the head, cutting its ligaments, or hurting them with electric shocks while preparing them for slaughter.

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Those who overwork their animals or use them in races without adequate consideration for their health and age will also be subjected to penalties.

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