KSA bans 8 practices deemed harmful to animals 

Dehorning of animals, considered an act of cruelty, is among the practices banned in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock photo)
Updated 24 July 2018
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KSA bans 8 practices deemed harmful to animals 

  • The ban is based on the GCC Animal Welfare Act endorsed by Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has banned a series of practices under new animal cruelty laws.

The ban is based on the GCC Animal Welfare Act endorsed by Saudi Arabia, and was approved in Royal Decree No. (M / 44). 

It includes a list of restricted practices that are prohibited except for justified medical reasons. 

And another list of practices that are absolutely prohibited under any circumstances.  

Director General Dr. Ali Al-Duwairj, from the Health and Veterinary Control department, said in statements quoted by the Saudi Press Agency that the banned practices include tail docking, ear cropping, clawing of all animals, debarking, dehorning, and chemical castration.

He also said another list prohibits practices such as coloring and dyeing animals, injecting human cosmetics into animals, especially camels, and giving animals stimulant drugs for growth or for when participating in races.

“The ministry aims through these procedures to prevent any practices that harm animals in accordance to the GCC Animal Welfare Act, and penalties will be applied on violators to ensure the implementation of its provisions,” a ministry statement said.
 


King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

Updated 19 May 2019
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King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

  • Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Islamic Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Islamic Summit.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, King Salman has sent an invitation to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and leaders of other Arab countries to two summits to discuss the recent attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the UAE and on Saudi Arabia's oil pipelines and their repercussions on the region. 

“The attack on ships in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates and the terrorist-backed Iran-backed Houthi militias’ attack on two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom have serious implications for regional and international peace and security and for the supply and stability of world oil markets,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.