(2009, April 25). Bahrain pounces on trade in wild animals. AFP [online]. Available http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jDmClMBHHekfl85x31ooHFoHaYGA [2009, April 28]
Bahrain ; exotc pet ; illegal wildlife trade ; illegal pet
Bahraini authorities are seeking to tame a roaring trade in wild animals, which are being smuggled in to meet fierce demand for exotic creatures in the tiny Gulf archipelago.
"Our teams have managed to confiscate monkeys, crocodiles, young tigers and various types of snakes of different sizes," Salman Abdulnabi, an official at the ministry of municipalities, told AFP.
The problem reared its head last week when a stray wild cat caused panic by entering a company building in the capital Manama. The cat, a lynx, was later caught.
"We have discovered crocodiles, snakes, wild cats, in total about 30 species of wild animals ... that were smuggled into the country," Abdulnabi said.
"We never imagined there are that many wild animals in Bahrain," he said.
Some farms have acquired so many strange beasts that they have become virtual zoos and schools have started to organise trips, according to a man who rears wild animals.
The passion of Bahrainis for exotic animals is ...