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Kuwait MPs call for law to criminalise handling of wild animals

Comes weeks after a Filipino overseas worker killed by a pet lion

Kuwait MPs call for law to criminalise handling of wild animals
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Kuwaiti MPs have called for a ban on the possession, sale, purchase or advertisement of wild animals, Kuwait Times reported.

The proposal of the new bill, which will criminalise the handling of wild animals with a fine of up to by KD20,000 ($68,290) and/or six-month in jail, comes as it was revealed the Philippines has filed a case against the employer of a Filipino overseas worker killed by a pet lion.

Vice President Jejomar Binay said in comments published by Kuwaiti media that lawyer Raul Dado, Consul General of the Philippine Embassy, has filed a complaint for criminal negligence resulting in homicide against Lourdes Abejuela's employer in Kuwait.

The maid died days after being attacked earlier this month by a lion owned by her employer of 15 years.

The new bill has been proposed by MPs Kamel Al-Awadhi, Adnan Abdulsamad, Ahmed Al-Qudhaibi, Ahmed Al-Azmi and Rakan Al-Nisf.