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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ANIMAL WELFARE

Yas Island to host Abu Dhabi Pet Festival

Posted on 30/01/2017

Yas Island, the UAE's premier entertainment destination, is set to host the third annual ‘Abu Dhabi Pet Festival' at du Arena on 3rd February 2017 from 2pm to 10pm. Promising animal and pet lovers a fun day packed with family-friendly outdoor activities, the free-to-attend festival will celebrate pets with a variety of entertaining competitions and demonstrations. The festival will also look to raise awareness about animal welfare, health and training, as well as the numerous pet products and ...  >>MORE

MoCCAE announces enforcement of new federal law regulating possession of dangerous animals

Posted on 09/01/2017

In line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the MoCCAE has announced the enforcement of the new Federal Law No. 22 of 2016 to regulate the possession of dangerous animals. The law aims to stop individuals from owning, trading and breeding a variety of dangerous, wild and exotic animals, while protecting the public's safety and health. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and ...  >>MORE

Animal welfare official urges more humane treatment of animals

Posted on 14/11/2016

The Chairman of the Emirates Animal Welfare Society is urging the general public to treat animals humanely and promote positive behaviour in their dealings with them. Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi is also encouraging members of society to get involved in animal protection volunteer work, saying that it is important that public awareness is raised on the role that animals play in maintaining an ecological balance. Dr. Al Nuaimi made these remarks during the opening of the first Animal ...  >>MORE

UAE organises first national conference on animal welfare

Posted on 03/11/2016

The first National Conference on Animal Welfare in the UAE and the region opened here on Wednesday where participants will discuss ways to arrive at a common understanding of the existing challenges and work on promoting co-operation between concerned authorities to move towards better animal welfare. "The conference is expected to come up with clear national laws to tackle current challenges in the UAE in the field of implementing globally accepted animal welfare principles," said Dr. Al ...  >>MORE

Emirates Animal Welfare Society organises awareness campaigns on animal welfare issues

Posted on 20/01/2016

Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Emirates Animal Welfare Society, reviewed the schedule of the awareness campaigns that will be launched by the society throughout the year, during the society's first meeting of 2016. The campaigns will target the largest segment of the public and advocates of animal welfare. Dr. Al Nuaimi confirmed that that awareness campaigns for this year will be held in collaboration with several public and private entities, who will play a substantial ...  >>MORE

Dubai takes the lead in dog population management

Posted on 16/11/2015

A delegation from Dubai Municipality Veterinary Services Section has showcased their successful Humane Dog Population Management Programme in Romania to help the city of Brasov to adopt an effective dog management programme. Dubai Municipality was especially invited to present their case study as the city has successfully implemented all the components of the humane dog population management programme as per the norms of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition. This was ...  >>MORE

'Walk of Hearts' Abu Dhabi event to save stray cats

Posted on 11/10/2015

There are many who have been helping out stray cats to survive the cruel mentality of people, but for the first time in Abu Dhabi, a group of volunteers have organised a public event to feed and raise awareness about the strays. Fund and Feed Network Abu Dhabi, with the help of Middle East Animal Foundation and Al Bakri Pet Food Trading, organised 'Walk of Hearts' event recently to highlight why is it important for all communities to help their neighbourhood kitties. The walking event held ...  >>MORE

Emirati's dream of luxury hotel for pets becomes a reality

Posted on 21/08/2015

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it," simple, yet powerful words once said by the late Nelson Mandela. In the UAE, courage has become the central force, which seems to be taking Emirati men and women by storm, allowing them to achieve their goals and dreams in the epic, yet inspirational world of young entrepreneurs. Striving for passion, rather than profit is something that most, if not all entrepreneurs aim for. Key elements that hold them together are the vision, ...  >>MORE

UAE Ministry of Environment to spread awareness on illegal trafficking of ivory

Posted on 30/07/2015

In line with the efforts to achieve its vision and ensure a sustainable living environment, the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water will commence an educational awareness campaign titled ‘Illegal Trading of Ivory' from August 2 to 13 at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The drive organised in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Customs and the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW), aims to educate the travellers about illegal trafficking of ivory and make them aware about the legal ...  >>MORE

Veterinary Laboratory of ADFCA becomes first globally accredited lab to detect Corona virus in camels

Posted on 28/07/2015

The Veterinary Laboratory of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has obtained accreditation in examinations detecting corona virus in camels by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to become the first laboratory globally accredited for detecting Corona virus according to ISO 17025. Dr. Salama Suhail Al Muhairi, Director of Veterinary Laboratories Department of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority said that the ADFCA's labs always strives to develop diagnostic tests for the ...  >>MORE

Animal rescue takes priority

Posted on 25/07/2015

A global animal welfare group says it is working with officials across the UAE to strengthen rescue strategies when wild and domestic animals find themselves in harm's way. From abandoned pets left behind by absentee expats to beach strandings by wild marine mammals, the International Fund for Animal Welare (IFAW) said it is working under the vestiges of its animal rescue programme with officials to take a more coordinated approach to saving animals in dire need of assistance. Under the ...  >>MORE

General Assembly of Emirates Society for Animal Welfare appoints new board

Posted on 16/05/2015

The Emirates Society for Animal Welfare convened its ordinary general assembly meeting at its Emirates Park Zoo headquarters located in Al Bahia, Abu Dhabi. The meeting was attended by the representative of the Public Utility Associations Department, at the Ministry of Social Affairs. After achieving quorum, the Society's members discussed the administrative and financial report and re-elected the Board of Directors for a second term, chaired by Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, so as to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi’s Bahya Sanctuary rescues all sorts of animals

Posted on 09/01/2015

Three years ago, Bahya Sanctuary was just a regular farm with a few plants and palm trees. Now it has several animal enclosures and hosts more than 70 cats, about 10 dogs, five donkeys, two ponies and three desert hedgehogs. The environment is animal-friendly with wide-open areas allowing the animals to roam free. Gogem Artug, from Turkey, came up with the idea to create an animal sanctuary. After rescuing several animals from a construction site near Emirates Palace, she was able to convince ...  >>MORE

EPAA: Tuesday is the deadline for delivery of dangerous predators in implementation of Sharjah Ruler's Order

Posted on 23/12/2014

The Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority, EPAA, has assigned tomorrow (Tuesday) as the deadline for the delivery of dangerous predatory animals in implementation of the administrative order of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, prohibiting the possession of dangerous predators in the Emirate of Sharjah. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of Sharjah Environment and Natural Reserves Authority, said that Sheikh Sultan's ...  >>MORE

Sultan bans possession of dangerous, predator animals in Emirate of Sharjah

Posted on 24/11/2014

H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued an administrative order prohibiting possession of dangerous predators in the Emirate of Sharjah. According to the Article 1 of the resolution No. 15 of 2014, the natural and legal persons are prohibited to possess dangerous predator animals at homes or farms in the Emirate of Sharjah, whatever the purpose of the acquisition is. The provisions of the Article 1 of this resolution exclude the ...  >>MORE

Social media campaign #enforcelaw16 aimed at preventing abused animals

Posted on 17/11/2014

Animal enthusiasts have launched a social media campaign against animal abuse. The campaign began after a dog was found in the streets near the Corniche with his tail cut off. Animal Action – Abu Dhabi, a group of volunteers on Facebook who try to provide homes to animals, received a call about the dog, later named Kleidi. They took the dog to see a veterinarian and an emergency surgery was performed. However, the dog died a few days later because of blood poisoning. Sarah Bartlett, a ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Environment signs MoU with Emirates Park Zoo, EAWS

Posted on 15/09/2014

The Ministry of Environment and Water has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Emirates Park Zoo and the Emirates Animal Welfare Society. This step aims to develop cooperation in the area of animal welfare, enhance public awareness of the importance of protecting animals and their rights, and preserve public health and the safety of our environment. The MoU was signed by Saif Mohammed Al-Shara', Assistant Under-Secretary for Agricultural and Livestock Affairs on behalf of the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality joins hands with WSPA for training on animal protection

Posted on 28/04/2014

The veterinary services section of the Public Health Services Department at Dubai Municipality held its first meeting of the year with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). The meeting came as part of the implementation of an agreement concluded between the two parties which aims to rehabilitate and develop technical personnel and increase their knowledge, skills and abilities to improve the quality of professional workmanship. The meeting was headed by Hashim Al Awadi, ...  >>MORE

Birds and Pets Market soon to open its doors to public

Posted on 03/03/2014

Dubai Municipality, in order to combat the illegal trade of dogs and birds in Dubai, will shortly open the doors of its pet market that will implement strict regulations where only authorised cats, dogs and birds will be on offer. "The Birds and Pets Market will be opened in the next few months. The project was initially expected to open last November but was delayed due to logistical reasons, and the project is now right back on track," Obaid Ebrahim, Head of Market Section at Dubai ...  >>MORE

Dh54.1m pet hotel to come up in Dubai by March

Posted on 19/12/2013

Dubai Municipality to open a luxury hotel for pets , and a larger Birds and Pets Market attached to it by March 2014 Come summer, and pet owners in Dubai can go on vacation with peace of mind leaving their four-legged friends in the comfort of an air-conditioned hotel. The Dubai Municipality on Wednesday announced that the first of its kind luxury hotel for pets in the emirate, and a larger Birds and Pets Market attached to it, will be opened by March 2014. Director General of the Dubai ...  >>MORE

ADFCA gives green light for building world-class veterinary facilities

Posted on 01/10/2013

The Board of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) yesterday approved a project for building world-class veterinary clinics and laboratories to cater for the health being of the emirate's growing animal wealth.. At first, the project will feature construction of Al Wathba veterinary clinic and laboratory at par with international standards. Qatara and Medinat Zayed veterinary clinics will be rebuilt. The board, in its the third regular meeting of the year under the chairmanship of H.H. ...  >>MORE

Emirates Society for Animal Welfare Convenes General Assembly

Posted on 16/06/2013

The Emirates Society for Animal Welfare held its ordinary general assembly meeting, at its Emirates Park Zoo headquarters located in Al Shahama, Abu Dhabi. The meeting was attended by the representative of the Public Utility Associations Department, at the Ministry of Social Affairs. After quorum was achieved, the current Board of Directors' mandate was extended; so as to continue the tasks entrusted to its members for the next four years. Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital shortlisted for international Middle East Responsible Tourism Award

Posted on 21/03/2013

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) has been shortlisted for the 20th World Travel Awards' (WTA) Middle East's Responsible Tourism Award category as one of three best responsible tourism entities in the Middle East. The voting is now open to the public and ends on April 4, 2013, and if ADFH wins this regional award, it will make the final shortlist of nominees in the World' category. ADFH, which was established by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) in 1999, is today the largest falcon ...  >>MORE

UAE charity raises funds to fly stray Salukis to Canada

Posted on 21/03/2013

The Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre will host a fund-raiser at Al Hamra Mall tomorrow to fly three dogs to Canada. The centre in December sent three others to the Arabian Saluki Centre of Canada, where homes were quickly found for the strays. Salukis are rare and prized in Canada, but often unwanted in the UAE if not purebred. "We want to raise money again to get some more dogs over," said Jenna Blanchette, the shelter's office manager. "One at least already has a home waiting and a few ...  >>MORE

Nation-wide animal health drive launched

Posted on 17/03/2013

The Ministry of Environment and Water launched a nation-wide initiative on immunization, treatment, guidance and labelling livestock as part of its strategy to raise food security and bio-security and provide better, high quality services to livestock breeders. The Minister, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, told the media that the initiative was rolled out in line with the Ministry's policy to maintain the rates of growth in animal population and further partnership with stakeholders. He stressed ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Festival for Domesticated Animals kicks off on Friday at Yas Island

Posted on 14/03/2013

The Abu Dhabi Festival for Domesticated Animals, will be organised by the National Animal Care Programme (Rifq) in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Police's General Headquarters, at Yas Island. The event, which is first of its kind, comes within the efforts of Abu Dhabi government to enlighten the community and support the voluntary work. Six government agencies and 40 exhibitors are taking part in the event. Waleed Mubarak Al Shakeeli, director general of the National Animal Care Programme (Rifq) ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi animal shelter rehomes many more pets

Posted on 03/02/2013

Animal welfare has improved "tremendously" in the emirate since Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter opened its doors to unwanted pets, says its director and senior vet, Dr Margit Gabriele Muller. And the number of people coming forward to adopt homeless animals rose by more than 40 per cent in 2012, compared with the 324 adoptions in the shelter's first year of operation in 2011. A total of 462 animals in need - the vast majority dogs and cats - were re-homed through the shelter last year and demand for ...  >>MORE

UAE adopts the World Animal Health Information System

Posted on 10/10/2012

The Ministry of Environment and Water, in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), has implemented the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), an internet-based computer system that processes data on animal diseases in real-time and then informs the international community. OIE Members use WAHIS to notify the OIE of relevant animal disease information. The system consists in two components: an early warning system to inform the international community, by ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs and the International Fund for Animal Welfare sign MoU

Posted on 21/05/2012

Dubai Customs inked Sunday, a cooperative agreement with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) aiming at joint coordination between the two sides over a number of fields particularly in the area of customs training on combat of smuggling endangered fauna and flora, exchange of information and expertise and benefiting from the facilities and capabilities available to IFAW. The signature of this agreement came as part of Dubai Customs` awareness campaign about endangered species ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs launches an awareness campaign about endangered animals

Posted on 16/05/2012

As part of its efforts in maintaining environment and in response to implementing the "Green Customs" initiative which was proclaimed in 2003 by United Nations Environment Program and to implementing the Convention on combating trade with endangered species of wild of Fauna and Flora (CITES) which UAE joined in 1990, Dubai Customs, yesterday at Mirdif City Centre launched an awareness campaign to educate the public about the endangered animals with aim to combat illegal trade of environment ...  >>MORE

Veterinary hospital first in region to offer MRI scans

Posted on 25/04/2012

The newly opened Zabeel Veterinary Hospital will be the first in the Middle East to provide MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) services that will help diagnose a range of medical conditions in its patients. During the official inauguration yesterday, Dr Abdullah Al Mutery, project manager of the hospital and director of Dubai Equine Hospital, told Gulf News, "Our focus is to provide unique services through state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques — whether it is X-rays or ultrasound ...  >>MORE

Customs officers ready to fight animal smugglers

Posted on 26/03/2012

Life is about to become tougher for smugglers wanting to bring endangered animals into the country, as the number of customs inspectors trained to catch them will soon be greatly increased. Dubai Customs officers have for some time been receiving specialised training from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw), and about 100 inspectors have completed the course. But an agreement to increase the programme is about to be signed, leading to another 1,000 officers being trained by the ...  >>MORE

Stray Animal Welfare Conference opens in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 24/10/2011

The Stray Animal Welfare Conference hosted yesterday by Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter, managed and organised by Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital brings the reputed World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) from UK on board. WSPA is affiliated to the United Nations and Council of Europe and includes over 1,000 animal welfare groups in 159 countries. This makes them to the largest animal welfare federation in the world. The conference and workshop is supported by The Centre of Waste Management Abu ...  >>MORE

A campsite, a dart and some Oryx

Posted on 12/10/2011

Animal lovers will have the chance to turn conservationists for a week and gather valuable data on three rare species at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The new eco-tourism initiative at the reserve will allow visitors to spend the week at a campsite there. During their stay the visitors will study the Arabian Oryx, Gordon's wildcat and the houbara bustard. One of their tasks will involve assisting with the sedation of Oryx with tranquilliser darts to fit radio collars that will then ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah welfare centre a welcome relief for stray animals

Posted on 13/09/2011

Almost every person in Ras Al Khaimah sees at least one stray cat or dog once a day. And if you leave them on the streets, a healthy pair of feline and their offspring can multiply to 360,000 in just six years — that's seven kittens per hour roaming the streets. The Ras Al Khaimah (RAK AWC) Animal Welfare Centre heads out everyday on reports of stray animals that pose danger to motorists. At least 15 animals are caught on a weekly basis. RAK AWC is funded by the government of Ras al Khaimah. ...  >>MORE

Injured cheetah rescued from Abu Dhabi street

Posted on 30/05/2011

A nine-month-old cheetah was found chasing a rooster as it roamed the streets of Karama in Abu Dhabi Sunday morning. However, its injury and poor medical condition were slowing it down, according to residents. One of the residents who saw the cheetah with a thick chain around its neck, immediately contacted the Abu Dhabi Police and an animal activist, Raghad Auttabashi. Raghad is the founder and a volunteer of the Al Rahma Animal Welfare and Rescue Society (which has so far rescued hundreds ...  >>MORE

New facility for animals opening soon in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/05/2011

Animal lovers and concerned residents in Abu Dhabi will breathe a sigh of relief as a new five-building extension of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital animal shelter opens next month, promising a comfortable place to stay and a chance of a new life to hundreds of stray animals. The shelter is intended to bring about a change in the way people in the emirate find pets, and will become the first stop for interested families and individuals who are looking to adopt a dog or cat, said Dr Margit ...  >>MORE

Animal welfare a priority in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 21/03/2011

More animal shelters, an adoption programme for feral cats and dogs and plans for a new animal welfare law were among sweeping new measures discussed yesterday at the first UAE Animal Welfare Conference. The conference, at the female campus of UAE University (UAEU), gathered representatives from The Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi (CWM), the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi and UAEU's agricultural and law faculties, students and members of the public. In early January the Executive ...  >>MORE

ADFCA stresses on strict compliance with rules governing vet medicines

Posted on 24/02/2011

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has called upon veterinary pharmacies in the emirate to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations pertaining to the preservation, sale, transportation and safe disposal of veterinary medicine. The warning comes in the wake of the newly issued regulations and in view of the environmental and public health consequences of handling these medicines in improper manner. Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA, ...  >>MORE

Drive to immunise livestock continues

Posted on 10/01/2011

The Ministry of Environment and Water is continuing its campaign to immunise animals and livestock against contagious diseases. The campaign is within the framework of protecting, developing and preserving livestock in the country. In December 2010, the ministry carried out a campaign to immunise 153,390 animals. The total number of animals immunised against diseases during the second half of 2010 was 622,046 animals, which consisted of goats, cows and sheep. The campaign, which is ...  >>MORE

At UAE Pet Lovers, a woman on a mission

Posted on 04/10/2010

In the middle of an important meeting, Afra al Dhaheri pauses and asks: "Do you hear that?" It was the sound of a kitten in distress just outside the building. She later rescued it and bottle fed it back to health. Fittingly, she had been meeting to go over details of a loan from Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Fund for the development of a "pet hotel" that, besides its boarding and grooming facilities, would shelter strays and abandoned animals. "I couldn't just sit back and allow the abuse and ...  >>MORE

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Yas Island to host Abu Dhabi Pet Festival


MoCCAE announces enforcement of new federal law regulating possession of dangerous animals


Animal welfare official urges more humane treatment of animals


UAE organises first national conference on animal welfare


Emirates Animal Welfare Society organises awareness campaigns on animal welfare issues


Dubai takes the lead in dog population management


'Walk of Hearts' Abu Dhabi event to save stray cats


Emirati's dream of luxury hotel for pets becomes a reality


UAE Ministry of Environment to spread awareness on illegal trafficking of ivory


Veterinary Laboratory of ADFCA becomes first globally accredited lab to detect Corona virus in camels


Animal rescue takes priority


General Assembly of Emirates Society for Animal Welfare appoints new board


Abu Dhabi’s Bahya Sanctuary rescues all sorts of animals


EPAA: Tuesday is the deadline for delivery of dangerous predators in implementation of Sharjah Ruler's Order


Sultan bans possession of dangerous, predator animals in Emirate of Sharjah


Social media campaign #enforcelaw16 aimed at preventing abused animals


Ministry of Environment signs MoU with Emirates Park Zoo, EAWS


Dubai Municipality joins hands with WSPA for training on animal protection


Birds and Pets Market soon to open its doors to public


Dh54.1m pet hotel to come up in Dubai by March


ADFCA gives green light for building world-class veterinary facilities


Emirates Society for Animal Welfare Convenes General Assembly


Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital shortlisted for international Middle East Responsible Tourism Award


UAE charity raises funds to fly stray Salukis to Canada


Nation-wide animal health drive launched


Abu Dhabi Festival for Domesticated Animals kicks off on Friday at Yas Island


Abu Dhabi animal shelter rehomes many more pets


UAE adopts the World Animal Health Information System


Dubai Customs and the International Fund for Animal Welfare sign MoU


Dubai Customs launches an awareness campaign about endangered animals


Veterinary hospital first in region to offer MRI scans


Customs officers ready to fight animal smugglers


Stray Animal Welfare Conference opens in Abu Dhabi


A campsite, a dart and some Oryx


Ras Al Khaimah welfare centre a welcome relief for stray animals


Injured cheetah rescued from Abu Dhabi street


New facility for animals opening soon in Abu Dhabi


Animal welfare a priority in Abu Dhabi


ADFCA stresses on strict compliance with rules governing vet medicines


Drive to immunise livestock continues


At UAE Pet Lovers, a woman on a mission