The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has imposed financial penalties on violators of the GCC Animal Welfare Act and Livestock Law in five regions of the Kingdom. The penalties were fines of more than SR500 thousand.
Dr. Ali Al-Duwairj, Director General of the Department of Veterinary Health and Control, pointed out the violations included unlicensed veterinary facilities, unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine, sale of sick animals, animal cruelty against cats, use of Botox for camels' lips in the Saudi Arabia’s annual camel beauty contest, and the sale of milk on the side of the road which may harm consumers. Adding that such violations were detected in different regions of the Kingdom; Mecca, Medina, Riyadh, Hail and the eastern region.
Al-Duwairj stressed that the ministry will not hesitate to impose penalties on any person convicted for animal cruelty or violation of the said laws, calling on all animal breeders and veterinary establishments to comply with such laws and regulations, and all individuals to immediately report violations by calling the toll-free number at 8002470000.