Cape Town - The United Arab Emirates is on the verge of banning the ownership of wild animals.
SA People reports, wild animals are being forced to stay at a number of private zoos and having their natural surroundings changed to family gardens, leashes and collars.
Recent reports from the UAE reveal the country intends to ban possessions of wild animals by individuals. Civilians who disobey this rule will face up to three years in prison or be fined Dh30 000.
The Federal National council (FNC) will also ban importing wild animals (unless it is authorised by establishments) the report states.
In line with the 'pro-conservation' movement, Emirates Airlines banned the 'trophies' of hunting - like elephants, rhinos and trophy animals from all of its aircraft.
Citizens are now banned from trading wild animals and must have an official record for non-pet animals to ensure owners are able to care for them properly and not mistreat them.
The UAE notes that the wild animals may not be brought up as pets as one cannot accurately predict the behavioural changes of the animal.
It seems some wild animal owners will have a hard time parting with their animals - if the situation ever had to arise. Take a look at these animal and human relationships, something many of us are not used to...