Saudi Arabia fines 28 entities, individuals for abuse of animals, food health violations

Saudi Arabia fines 28 entities, individuals for abuse of animals, food health violations

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) announced on Thursday that it has issued penalties against 28 individuals and entities charged with abuse of animals and food-health violations between the beginning of June and the end of August this year, with fines amounting to SR1.76 million ($470,000).

The majority of fines were for the sale of local animal products that were deemed unsafe for human consumption or for causing intentional injury to animals.

Violations also included the transfer of animals suspected of being infected, unlicensed livestock projects, failing to renew licenses, or carrying out projects without consulting MEWA.

Abdullah Abaalkhail, general manager of public relations at MEWA, told Arab News: “This announcement is part of the ministry’s work in implementing the animal welfare system and controlling violators. The ministry periodically issues a list of violations (in an attempt to raise awareness.”

Anyone found guilty of violating ministry regulations will incur penalties “without hesitation,” Abaalkhalil claimed, and called on the general public to notify the ministry if they knew of any such violations.

“We are asking Saudi citizens to report any violation cases to 800 247 0000,” he said.