Pet Owners In Iran Complain About “Prisons” For Dogs That Walk In Public

Pet owners in Iran are extremely frustrated at the Iranian police’s move to create “prisons” for dogs whose owners walk them in public.

Residents said their dogs are being arrested and put in a detention center for simply being walked out in public places. One pet owner said her dog was detained for 48 hours for “walking in public” and was then released on bail.

Owning pets has been on the increase in Iran, especially among the wealthy. Because of this, Iranian police warned dog owners to not bring their dogs in public last year, but the order was never enforced before.

Now, authorities are cracking down on the “un-Islamic behavior” of having a dog. Many consider owning a dog as “morally depraved” and as a western fad. They feel that owning dogs is threatening the fabric of society.

Dog owners keep a low profile by walking their pets after dark or driving them to the mountains for a walk away from authorities or basijis, the Islamic volunteer force that monitors public modesty.

A woman whose dog was arrested and then bailed told a radio station that the police yelled at her for having a dog. She said that they told her: “We want to get rid of western culture. You live in an Islamic country, it’s not right to have dogs. Are you not Islamic? Why does your family allow you to own a dog? They insulted me, they even told me they hope my dog will die. There was nothing I could do but cry.”

Religious people in Saudi Arabia have even banned the sale of cats and dogs. They enacted the ban because “some youths have been buying them and parading them in public”. Authorities have been encouraged to enforce the ban.

“It is obviously not against our religion or our tradition to have dogs and cats as pets,” Abeer Mishkhas, a columnist for Saudi’s English Arab News, wrote. “I sincerely hope [the authorities] will leave the cats and dogs alone and concentrate on what should be their real business.”

Source: The Scotsman

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20 Responses to “Pet Owners In Iran Complain About “Prisons” For Dogs That Walk In Public”

  1. Carol says:

    What’s saddest is that this will be decried as another example of those cruel, thoughtless, fanatical Muslims - and yet you could substitute the word ‘pit bulls’ for the word ‘dogs’, and this could have happened here in the US or Canada just as easily….

  2. Lynne says:

    Heh, excellent point Carol.

  3. God says:

    Hey, I created dogs and gave them a heart so they could love and my spirit is in every living creature. I also gave humans a heart so they could return that love. I didn’t create religious fanatics though, the world would be a better place without them.

  4. mittens says:

    “pit bulls” are a problem their enthusiasts show no signs of being able to solve on their own. they DO harm people, they’re raised and taunted to viciousness for illegal activities and the shelters are over burdened with the unwanted ones. i do not know the answer to solving the problem but basically people who do not take care of their pets in a manner appropriate to the breed and it’s and other’s safety ( save of course for animals specifically used to guard property) should be restricted from owning them.

    i wondered if itchmo would have at all considered posting this. saudi arabia had a similar crack down on pet dogs a year ago. everything they do the rest of the islamo-nazis do the next day. it’s a cultural bias and an effective way to control people, like the slave like status of women, that is not found in the Koran. slavery by the way is found in the koran and it’s a-ok. people tend to not point out that the american alleged ‘ ally’ does all the same screwed up things as states like iran and has been doing them for sometime. the really fanatical arm of islam we see going insane today hails from saudi arabia, our friend, that stones women to death and won’t let you wear a cross on your neck when you visit the country.

    so now the dogs will be treated on par with women. and all people choose to notice and have sympathy for is the dogs not the outrageous sick oppression of women in particular, homosexuals and nonmuslims.poor doggies.

  5. Courtney says:

    Um… unless this article is talking about owners not being allowed to walk their dogs on leash, we have laws against that in the United States, too. Substitute “allowing dogs to walk in public” for “letting dogs loose off-leash” and “detaining dogs in prisons” for “capturing dogs and holding them in a shelter until the owners are found” and you have daily life here in the United States. This is a biased article that clearly needs some follow-up.

  6. Lynne says:

    Petey on The Little Rascals was a pit bull.

  7. Lynne says:

    Kelly Needham, a writer in Alaska, has a great letter about pit bulls:

  8. Lis says:

    Courtney, yes, if you completely change every important phrase in the article, you can come up with something that sounds like daily life in the US. However, yes, in fact, they are talking about dog owners being prohibited from walking their dogs in public at all, not merely prohibited from allowing them to run loose off-leash. Note the bits about walking their dogs after dark or driving up into the mountains, in order to avoid notice. Note the insults the police directed at the woman who reclaimed her dog from the lockup. This is not just enforcing the leash laws.

    The Koran does genuinely contain some restrictions on dogs, but it does not ban owning dogs or keeping dogs as pets. This is a new idea of the religious police in the more extreme Muslim regimes, like Saudi Arabia and Iran.

  9. janet says:

    Pit Bulls are bred for the reason of guarding/fighting. No matter how well they are trained, they may attack another leashed dog unprovoked. They may be loving companion animals with their human family but could kill your dog if they encounter it even though on a leash with you. This happens. My sight hound is well trained but is bred to chase small furry objects and might disobey me and chase an animal if he chose to. Dogs are hard wired to do what they were bred to do. Every week I read about a pit bull breaking his chain or jumping a fence to attack another dog and or person. Nobody should ever have their dog torn limb from limb while they are taking a walk in the park.

  10. nora says:

    Getting back to the issue that this article is about. WHAT AN IDIOTIC LAW. It has nothing to do with homosexuality or our beloved pit bully breed but for every breed of dog that walks our earth and it has nothing to do with the horrific abuse of the female gender that takes place over there under the disguise of “Religion”. It only brings to light another utterly ridiculous law that these so called “religious” extremists can yet vent their hate and overbearing control on an another loving, feeling being, an animal that is man’s best friend. Anyone who thinks this way has issues much deeper than any fake religious beliefs. These are the creeps who jumped for joy and cheered when our Twin Towers fell with all the people inside or who leaped to their deaths and they were all races and religions, including muslim.

  11. Lynne says:

    It just reinforces my belief that the world would be a much better place without religion. Any religion.

  12. 2CatMom says:

    Lynne: I don’t think its religion per se, but extremism that is the problem. The idea of respecting others is a pretty universal precept of world religions. Unfortunately, many ‘religious’ people (as well as non-religious people) don’t practice what’s been preached.


    Some “Ethic of Reciprocity” passages from the religious texts of various religions and secular beliefs:
    Bahá’í Faith:
    “Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not.” “Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.” Baha’u'llah
    “And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself.” Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
    Brahmanism: “This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you”. Mahabharata, 5:1517 ”
    “…a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?” Samyutta NIkaya v. 353
    Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18
    “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12, King James Version.
    “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31, King James Version.
    “…and don’t do what you hate…”, Gospel of Thomas 6. The Gospel of Thomas is one of about 40 gospels that were widely accepted among early Christians, but which never made it into the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).
    “Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you” Analects 15:23
    “Tse-kung asked, ‘Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?’ Confucius replied, ‘It is the word ’shu’ — reciprocity. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.’” Doctrine of the Mean 13.3
    “Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.” Mencius VII.A.4
    Ancient Egyptian:
    “Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do.” The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, 109 - 110 Translated by R.B. Parkinson. The original dates to 1970 to 1640 BCE and may be the earliest version ever written. 3
    This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517
    “(5) Humanists acknowledge human interdependence, the need for mutual respect and the kinship of all humanity.”
    “(11) Humanists affirm that individual and social problems can only be resolved by means of human reason, intelligent effort, critical thinking joined with compassion and a spirit of empathy for all living beings. ” 4
    “Don’t do things you wouldn’t want to have done to you, British Humanist Society. 3
    Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Number 13 of Imam “Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths.” 5
    “Therefore, neither does he [a sage] cause violence to others nor does he make others do so.” Acarangasutra 5.101-2.
    “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” Lord Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara
    “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated. “Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
    “…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”, Leviticus 19:18
    “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
    “And what you hate, do not do to any one.” Tobit 4:15 6
    Native American Spirituality:
    “Respect for all life is the foundation.” The Great Law of Peace.
    “All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One.” Black Elk
    “Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself.” Pima proverb.
    Roman Pagan Religion: “The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves.”
    “The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form”
    “Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.” Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga
    Compassion-mercy and religion are the support of the entire world”. Japji Sahib
    “Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.” Guru Arjan Devji 259
    “No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my friend.” Guru Arjan Dev : AG 1299
    Sufism: “The basis of Sufism is consideration of the hearts and feelings of others. If you haven’t the will to gladden someone’s heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone’s heart, for on our path, no sin exists but this.” Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order.
    “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien.
    “The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.” Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49
    “The inherent worth and dignity of every person;”
    “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations…. ”
    “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;”
    “We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Unitarian principles. 7,8

    Wicca: “An it harm no one, do what thou wilt” (i.e. do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself). One’s will is to be carefully thought out in advance of action. This is called the Wiccan Rede
    Yoruba: (Nigeria): “One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.”
    “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself”. Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5
    “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.” Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29

  13. shibadiva says:

    There is not an animal that lives on the Earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but forms part of communities like you. Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they all shall be gathered to their Lord in the end. ~~Al-Qur’an 6:38

  14. Lynn says:

    What do you expect from a President who questions that the Holocaust ever happened?

  15. NH says:

    What a weird religion. I feel nothing but pity for them.

  16. Jenny Bark says:

    2CatMom, can I copy your post on Sept. 24,07 at 5:29? I would like to keep it plus give it to some of my friends. I just love it. I won’t copy until I hear it’s ok by you. Thank You.

  17. Jenny Bark says:

    There was a thread on Itchmo a month or 2 ago about turning dogs out or putting them down on one of the Muslim holy days. We had a lot of posts about the Muslim religon & a lot of really good links. I learned a lot I didn’t know. All I can say is I feel really blessed that I wasn’t born a Muslin because as outspoken as I am & as much an animal lover that I am, I would have been stoned to death. Sorry if that upsets some of you but I learned a lot that night. My babies are in our house 365 days a year. My husband & I kiss our babies & will give your babies & all babies all the kisses they want. To me it’s an honor to be kissed by a dog or cat. I don’t wash my hands or change my clothes just because I pet a dog or they brush up against me.

  18. 2CatMom says:

    Jenny Bark - of course you can - because I lifted it from the web site noted prior to the quotes. I knew the Christian and Jewish citations, but a quick search confirmed what I thought was true - no religion based on hating your neighbor or other innocent creatures can last for long.

    Too bad more people don’t really think about what their religion actually values rather than picking some isolated section of text from their scripture to oppress, demean, and persecute other people and other living beings.

    Lynn: I agree with you about our dear Iranian friend. First he says if Iran is attacked by anyone, he’ll bomb Israel. Then today he says, no, no we would never attack anyone. A Danish newspaper prints a cartoon that some Muslims find offensive. He says he’s furious with the Danes and holds an anti-semetic cartoonfest as his counterattack. He’s laughable, but remember so was Hitler when he started out. I have no doubt that if someone like him had a nuclear weapon, he wouldn’t hesitate to use it on Israel or the US. And hey, if a couple of million Muslims got killed as well, I’m sure he would say that they were martyrs for a greater cause.

  19. Lynn says:


    I only know in my heart [and intellectually] that Iranian President cannot be trusted or believed. I know, too, that many Iranians feel as I do, but they are powerless to fight back without grievous repercussions.

    And while I’m never certain which of the Ghandis said it, I fully believe that:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated
    ~ ______ Gandhi

  20. Chuck Rhost says:

    Oh really, Carol?
    Protesting animals that get loose and maul people is the same as arresting someone for walking a dog?

    # Carol says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 10:14 am

    What’s saddest is that this will be decried as another example of those cruel, thoughtless, fanatical Muslims - and yet you could substitute the word ‘pit bulls’ for the word ‘dogs’, and this could have happened here in the US or Canada just as easily….

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