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. More and more Saudis are keeping wild animals as pets. They keep them at their homes or in a private enclosure. But what is this trend?

Are we running short of domestic animals that we need to have wild animals as pets? Why are we following such a dangerous trend? What is wrong with us? The animal lovers who have housed these animals say that nothing is wrong in having such animals as pets at home. They love them and they can keep them. But aren’t they aware of the hazards of keeping such animals as pets?[irp]

The first thing that I need to make clear is that lions and tigers are not petted animals, they are wild animals. You cannot keep them in your homes or in an enclosure. These animals are to be left in the wildlife. They look good in jungles and in zoos, not at homes!

Secondly, can’t we see the hazards of having such animals as pets in and near residential areas? These animals pose a security threat to others. Having such animals near or in a residential area is mighty dangerous. These animals can escape iron bars, high walls, and security. Those who keep such animals as pets are putting lives of others at a great risk.

We have to bear it in our minds that these animals cannot be domesticated. They can be domesticated after efforts of centuries which means it is merely impossible. These animals can become wild any moment. Even the experts find it difficult to handle them in certain cases.


There are cases, where these animals attacked their caretakers. The experts have been made victims of their attacks as well.  And then you say it is safe to raise these animals at homes? According to a research, the diseases these animals possess remain there even after vaccinating them. These diseases are dangerous for human beings.

These animals are costly. A lion cub would not cost one 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 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 law is being violated. We need to stop the trend.

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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