At what price lions and tigers are traded among Saudis?

Having wild animals, such as lions and tigers, as pets are in-fashion these days among Saudis. They keep them at their homes or in a private enclosure. But what is this trend?

The animal lovers who have housed these animals say that nothing is wrong with having such animals as pets at home. But aren’t they aware of the hazards of keeping such animals as pets?

These animals are costly. A lion cub would not cost less than SR40,000! A tiger cub can be purchased at a price of SR60,000. The Saudis are lavishly spending money on purchasing these wild animals.

Having such a pet requires money; money for hiring a specially trained care-taker, money for cage and enclosure, vaccination and medication, diet and food.

The thing that is most astonishing is that Saudis are trading these wild animals on social media. There is a number of tweets by owners willing to sell off their wild pet animals. But wait for a second, Saudi law does not permit the trade of such animals by individuals.

Only government has the authority to do so! Saudi wildlife authority can permit one to purchase and raise wild animals on their own but the open trade on social media just depicts that the law is being violated.

Our authorities shall hunch down those who are using a social media platform to trade these animals. It is certainly illegal. We need to realize that this is a dangerous trend that needs to be stopped from spreading!

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.