KSA adopts animal welfare guidelines

Updated 25 July 2013
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KSA adopts animal welfare guidelines

Saudi Arabia has developed an animal welfare system of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries in which animal abusers face fines and have their names published in the media.
According to the system, animals must be kept in a safe place, be provided suitable facilities and the necessary living conditions to accommodate them, Al-Hayat daily newspaper said.
The system stipulates that there must be a sufficient number of qualified employees who have the ability, knowledge and professional competence in matters related to animal welfare. Workers must check the conditions of the animal at least once a day.
The violators of the provisions will be fined a minimum of SR50,000, which will be doubled following each incident until the penalty reaches SR200,000. The animal facility could face closure and permanent cancellation of licenses if the offenses are repeated more than four times during the same year.
Punishments shall be published in two local newspapers. One publication should be in the region where the offender resides and at his own expense following a verdict by the Board of Grievances.
A three-member committee to be formed by the Minister of Agriculture will look into violations and will have the right to issue penalties. The penalties, which are normally approved by the minister, could be appealed to the Board of Grievances.
The system spells out guidelines on how to organize public shows or competitions for animals for commercial purposes.


Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

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Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

  • The ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage
  • Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year.
Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa

The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow their citizens to perform Hajj easily.”

Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups.

The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage.

Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry.

In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.