Bahrain Enforces Import Ban on 17 Predatory Animals and 4 Dog Breeds, Including Pitbulls

Hey, guess what? The Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture just laid down the law on animal imports in Bahrain! They’re hitting the brakes on bringing in 17 species of predatory animals and 4 types of dogs – unless you’ve got a special permission slip for places like zoos, circuses, and research centers.

Hold up, there’s more to this story! It’s called Decision No. 100 for 2023, and it’s been published in the official newspaper. The deal is all about keeping certain dog breeds and other animals out of the country. However, places like zoos and circuses can still get the green light as long as they get the thumbs-up from the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture.

Ready for the details? These are the animals that are a no-go – lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, hyenas, foxes, wolves, crocodiles, baboons, green monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, various spider species, snakes, and more. If they’re not native to the area, they’re on the list too. Even some types of bears got a mention.

And wait for it, Table (B) focuses on the dog breeds that are off-limits. Think Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, Tossa dogs, Presa Canario, Mastiffs, and hybrids involving these breeds – you get the picture.
But there’s a reason behind all this – This move underscores the government’s commitment to safety and the protection of both citizens and the environment, highlighting a comprehensive approach to regulating animal imports and ensuring responsible ownership practices.

Stay safe! 

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