Stray animals to be put to sleep

RAS AL KHAIMAH — As part of a large-scale drive for environmental protection and beautification of the emirate, municipal authorities here have decided not only to catch all stray animals, but also put them to sleep immediately.

By Sadiq A. Salam

Published: Sun 19 Jun 2005, 10:54 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:03 PM

The civic body earlier used to warn people who owned herds of sheep, goat, cows and camels not to allow their animals to stray on the roads, and imposed hefty fines on habitual offenders. People coming in to RAK from other emirates frequently used to encounter these herds making their way at their own pace. “We will no longer be lenient towards any activity which mars the image of the city or pose any kind of health and safety hazards,” Abdullah Ali Saeed Al Naqbi, Secretary-General of RAK Municipal Council, told Khaleej Times.

Stating that some residents allow their domestic animals to graze on the streets and other public places of the emirate, he said the civic body had received several complaints from residents that these animals endanger their lives and cause great environmental damage. The traffic authorities too attributed the movement of animals to a number of road accidents. “The new policy is applicable to main residential areas like Old City, Al Nakheel, Khuzam Al Zait, Al Rems, Al Jazeerah Al Hamrah, Shaam, Al Jeer, besides the main street,” he said, adding that RAK Municipality had earlier ordered removal of animal enclosures from residential areas.

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