“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I see a living being, I see a friend, I feel a soul”
Dugongs, fin whales, porpoises, dolphins, orcas, turtles.
Flamingos, falcons, warblers, chukars, cranes, buzzards, pigeons, ospreys, sand partridges.
Caracals, hedgehogs, gazelles, bats, golden jackals, sand cats, striped hyenas, oryx, and leopards, camels.
Arabian cat snakes, Arabian horned vipers, Arabian sand boas, geckos, common sandfish, desert monitors, lizards, bees, wasps.
It's quite common to see stray cats on the streets. Pet markets have animals in cages waiting to be sold.
Camels and lambs are kept in the countryside. Camels are often used for transportation, both for people and supplies.
Livestock such as sheep, goats, calves and camels are used as sacrificial animals (the practice is called Qurbani). Some meats from the animal are given to the poor. Due to the demand, some animals are imported. Camel racing is a traditional sport in UAE. The use of camels for transport and other activities is sadly part of heritage of the country.
We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.
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