Dubai cracks down on illegal online pet traders
Dubai Municipality says it has received many complaints about websites and social networking platforms
Dubai Municipality said on Wednesday that it is cracking down on websites and social networking sites involved in the illegal online trade of pets.
The Veterinary Services Section of Dubai Municipality's Public Health Services Department has already contacted owners of the sites - many of which use Dubai in their name - and informed them of their violations.
However, so far the websites have continued to operate despite warnings of harsh punishments, said Mohammed Yousuf Al Hammadi, acting head of the Veterinary Services Section.
He said the next stage will be to send the list of all these violating sites to the Legal Affairs Department of the Municipality which will also be sent to Dubai Police Cybercrime Department to close them down.
He added that the Section has recently received many complaints from the public regarding the behaviour of these violators.
"Since they do not have any commercial licences for their work, the Section cannot issue fines to them and chase them legally without them obtaining commercial licences legally," he added.
Al Hammadi said that most of the offending sites take the name of Dubai as a means of promoting their activities "because they know that Dubai has a good reputation globally".
"Most of these people do not have landline phone numbers, so they just put their mobile numbers on these sites and use statements that all their profits go to animal welfare organisations and they do not work for profit but want to save animals only, but it is the opposite," said Al Hammadi.
He also appealed to the public to immediately report any website that carries out veterinary activities without licence such as selling pets, selling animal food, transporting animals, offering day-to-day care of pets or providing centres for accommodating pets.