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.


Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

Updated 21 August 2018
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Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

JEDDAH: A baby boy was born at a holy site in Saudi Arabia while Muslim pilgrims were performing Hajj rituals on Monday.

A Saudi Press Agency report said a Jordanian woman gave birth to the baby at the Jabal Al-Rahma Hospital in Arafat .

Arafat, about 20 kilometers southeast of Makkah, is where Muslims performing Hajj go to pray on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar for the most important part of the pilgrimage. 

The father named the child "Wadah" after the director of the hospital for his kind care and attention, the report said.

It added that the hospital's medical staff provided medical care for the child and his mother, who are both in good health.