x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Piranhas seized in Dubai pet shop raids

Piranhas might make a ferocious addition to any fish enthusiast's collection, but they are also banned in the UAE.

DUBAI // Piranhas might make a ferocious addition to any fish enthusiast's collection, but they are also banned - and now authorities are determined to stop their sale. In a series of raids yesterday, municipality officials seized Dh2,000-worth of red-bellied piranhas, the most popular species. They warned that shops caught selling the voracious carnivores would be fined. Staff at several pet shops that did not sell piranhas said they were aware of a lucrative market for the fish. Roshel Rivera, of Animal World in Jumeirah, said they attracted one or two queries a week.

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