United Arab Emirates

Islam forbids poisoning stray animals: Dar al-Iftaa

Dar al-Iftaa, the government’s principal Islamic legal institution for issuing fatwas (religious edicts), has prohibited the poisoning of stray animals in response to a question on its official website regarding the killing of strays. The religious institution said that poisoning strays is prohibited under Islamic Sharia law. Killing should not become a general behavior by which humans control these animals by extermination and destruction, the website said. Dar al-Iftaa however authorized the killing of stray animals on the condition that they are harmful, and that eliminating them is the only means of preventing harm. When killed, it should be done in a way that does not torture the animal, Dar al-Iftaa added. Dar al-If ...