Keeping dangerous animals at home as pets is more severe an offence than having unlicenced arms.

Mohsin Thiyab Al Suwaidi, a lawyer who told the Al Sharq that anyone keeping wild animals as pets is violating Qatari law and can be punished for it.

His comments follow a rise in the number of complaints among nationals that their neighbors are keeping lions, tigers and other dangerous animals as pets in their homes.

The Peninsula translates:

Complainants have expressed fear that even if these dangerous predators are kept securely caged inside residential compounds a typical stench hangs in the air in the entire area all the time which poses a severe health hazard.

And who knows how securely these animals are kept or caged by their so-called lovers. The beasts could break free and escape and seriously threaten people’s lives. “I don’t think people having such dangerous domesticated animals are equipped properly to take care of them. Most of these pets actually live in neglect,” said a complainant.

Have you spotted any predatory animals around town lately?

Thoughts?

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