The Gulf state just outlawed ownership of wild animals as pets.
The new law that was signed last month will ban the trade and ownership of wild or exotic pets for any entity other than zoos, wildlife parks, circuses and breeding or research centers, the Gulf News reported on Tuesday. Anyone found violating the legislation could face jail time and fines up to $136,000.
Several high-profile social media accounts have gone viral in recent years that show Emiratis posing and playing with various wild animals, often big cats. The accounts have hundreds of thousands of followers and often feature threatened species posing on top of luxury cars.