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