Nadeeb Qatar posted a video on its Twitter account showing a camel who was killed when some removal work was going on in a farm that had violated the law. As per the discussion of the men in the video, it is believed that a tractor that was working on the farm hit the camel and dragged it for a distance.
The incident was reported to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) who set up an investigation team to investigate the matter, as animal cruelty is a punishable offence here in Qatar.
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🚨 | فيديو 🎥 | وزارة البلدية والبيئة تشكّل لجنة تحقيق بشأن "واقعة إصابة إحدى الإبل 🐪 أثناء تنفيذ أعمال الإزالة للمخالفات بإحدى العزب، بعد تداول الواقعة عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي، وأكدت أن هذا العمل غير مقصود ولا يمكن السماح به مطلقًا"@albaladiya— نديب قطر (@NadeebQa) January 13, 2021
Did you know in Qatar, beating up a stray or pet dog or cat can result in one being sent to jail for at least two months or a fine of QR 1,000 or both, according to a prominent lawyer Yusul Al-Zaman in The Qatar Peninsula? And, the prison term is a minimum of three years or a penalty of QR 2,000 or both for those found guilty of killing domestic animals, including honeybees, dogs and cats.
The punishment is more severe (three-year jail term or a fine of QR 5,000 or both) for killing animals that humans can ride like camels and donkeys, Al Zaman, said citing articles 393, 394 and 395 of the Criminal Penal Code No. 11 of 2004.
The aim of CITES is to ensure that the international trade of wild animals or plants does not threaten their survival. As a signatory, Qatar prohibits the import of wild animals, even if someone provides CITES papers. The MME and the Ministry of Interior, warn that the import of wild animals will warrant penalties that include jail terms.
The MME appeals to owners of animals to not throw their dead animals, but to dispose of them properly by throwing them in special containers.
It is our responsibility to stop animal abuse and cruelty, and to spread awareness about looking after them. The law is there, but maybe more needs to be done to enforce it. Perhaps the authorities can tighten the laws further and put a better monitoring and reporting mechanism in place, so people think twice before they neglect, abuse or abandon a pet/animal.
This is not the first time we have seen abuse of this sort, but we do hope it's the last. Animals are living and breathing creatures and deserve to be treated with kindness. Let's all put our hands together and fight this animal abuse.
This is a developing story and we will bring you more updates as we get them.
Abuse and cruelty towards animals are considered illegal in Qatar. If anyone does see any form of animal abuse or cruelty you can report it on this number +974 234 0888.
Source: Nadeeb Qatar
Cover image credit: Nadeeb Qatar
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