Everyone knows that on the internet you can find anything and everything. At the click of a mouse you can redecorate and refurbish your home, order food, refresh your wardrobe and thanks to a website based in Dubai, you can now buy a lion, a tiger or a cheetah. It is up to you.
Local media revealed on Wednesday that a classified website called “Dubaimoon Souq” offers for sale wild animals such as Lions, Cheetahs and tigers.
Prices range from Dh18,000 (about £3,000) for an adolescent lioness, to Dh45,000 ( about £8,000) for a tiger cub. Needless to say not everyone can afford it.
The manager of the website told local media he has received complaints from the public but “as far as he knew, it was not illegal to advertise animals in this way.”
"If this is not allowed to be sold, we need someone from the municipality or the police to come and tell us this," Abdul Aziz said. "Lots of people call us and say you can't sell this or that, but how are we to know?" he added.
Abdul Rab Al Hamiri, the assistant director of the UAE office of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) told The National: "There's nothing mentioned in the law about advertising, what we deal with is the actual selling and buying of animals."
"We don't advise people to buy any wildlife, whether it's a lion or a parrot. If they have to buy it, then they need to make sure it's been imported legally," he added.
It is worth noting that in most countries, including the UK and the UAE, you are required by law to have a licence to own such animals. You have been warned.