Keeping Tigers As Pets Can Send You To Jail For 6-Months – Vet Service Boss
Dr. Simon Gbene, the Western Region Director of the Veterinary Service Department, has stated that keeping wild animals such as tigers as pets can result in a six-month sentence.
In an interview, Mr. Simon Gbene stated that keeping such wild animals without a permit is against Ghanaian law.
“Tigers are wild animals and it is very dangerous to keep them as pets. They are capable of killing human beings. Anyone who wants to keep them must secure the needed permit, the person should have the needed training to keep them from causing harm to other persons. It is stated black and white in the laws that anyone who is found keeping tigers and other wild animals without permits can be fined or jailed for six months,” he disclosed.
“If you are living in a community and you see a neighbor keeping tigers or any other wild animals like snakes, lions, etc. in their homes, immediately report them to the police. I will never advise anyone to keep tigers as pets because when they grow, they can be dangerous to even the owner. Tigers can also transmit rabies to humans so it is not advisable to keep them at home,” he stated.