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As smugglers favor Dubai’s lax smuggling laws, United Arab Emirates customs officers are finding an increased number of trafficked animals on its shores.

Animal welfare defenders say children begging their parents for exotic pets are a key cause of widespread demand across the Gulf region.

So they are now using kids’ books to raise children’s awareness of the problems – because it appears adult behaviour is harder to change.

But for now, Dubai’s financial crisis has delayed plans to build a bigger facility - leaving those rescued animals left to face another long, hot summer.

Al Jazeera’s Dan Nolan reports from Dubai.

Source: Al Jazeera