Shoura to discuss animal welfare laws

Updated 07 December 2012
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Shoura to discuss animal welfare laws

The Shoura Council will discuss drafts on animal welfare, veterinary professions systems and the penalties related to both. These two laws need to be compatible with those in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.
The council’s committee on housing, water and public services approved the first draft and recommended its completion as adopted by the Supreme Council of the GCC at its 32nd regular session.
In addition, the committee requested the speeding up of issuance and approval of the animal welfare system regulations from the Agricultural Cooperation Committee.
The committee demanded that the regulations should include rules with regard to pets and domesticated birds’ shops, the illegal trafficking of rare animals and endangered species, animal races, as well as promoting awareness on animal welfare and the containment of stray animals to prevent their deterioration.
As for the other draft, the committee demanded that violators of the provisions should be punished with fines of SR 100,000 to SR 400,000, as well as the closure of the facility and the revoking of licenses permanently if the offenses are repeated more than four times during the same year of violation.
On the other hand, the Council will vote on the draft of Prevention of HIV/AIDS system and the rights and duties of patients on Sunday.
The Shoura will also discuss the annual reports of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, the SCAT and the Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization (GSFMO), in addition to a special report submitted by the management committee regarding regulations to control cases of absence or the issue of fleeing tenants with unpaid rents.


Saudi crown prince meets families of servicemen killed in line of duty

Updated 14 November 2018
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Saudi crown prince meets families of servicemen killed in line of duty

  • The prince welcomed the guests and passed on the greetings and appreciation of King Salman to all the families of all those killed

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the first deputy prime minister and minister of defense, has met the families of members of the armed and security forces killed in the line of duty.
At the start of the reception, at the Royal Court on Nov. 13, the prince welcomed the guests and passed on the greetings and appreciation of King Salman to all the families of all those killed and the ruler’s pride in their sacrifices in defense of their religion and homeland. Prince Mohammed said many other families of fallen officers were not present at the gathering but that efforts would be made to meet them all, and that all families of fallen and wounded servicemen are cherished.
“We have assigned departments concerned with the families of the martyrs of the duty, wherever they are, to fulfill their requirements and to communicate with them, and we are in fact” one united family, the crown prince said.
He added that he was pleased to meet the families, and asked God to welcome those who had died, heal the injured, bless the efforts of the armed forces and security forces, and guide them to victory and success.
The families expressed happiness at meeting the crown prince and asked him to convey their greetings and appreciation to King Salman. Prince Mohammed was joined at the reception by other members of the royal family and officials.