Rulings for Leopard Trading
Is it permissible to buy a leopard and keep it as a pet?
It is not allowed to buy beasts, unless those that might be used for hunting. Whereas beasts that are impossible to use in hunting, should not be sold, or bought, since there are no apparent benefits that could be taken from it. The scholars stated that the leopard couldn’t be used as a hunter animal and therefore shouldn’t be traded.
An Nawawi, whose method in jurisprudence following the method of Imam Ash Shafi’i, wrote in his book “Al Majmu” 9:286: “Animals that are impossible to get benefits from are not lawful to be traded, for example the beetle, scorpion, snake, insects, rodents, ants, and many other insect and animals that resembles them. The Scholars of Shafi’i said that a little benefits possessed by those animals, due to their typical characters, are not considered as benefit since it is just a small and unimportant one.