Dogs no longer welcomed in Iran

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Even though Iran’s penal code does not estate that owing a dog is illegal, Islamic law deems the pets “impure” animals and forbids citizens from owning one. In the past, dog lovers did whatever they could to own a pet and keep it safe from being impounded by authorities. Many times, this meant paying high fines.

As of last month, dog owners will no longer be able to own a pet. Tehran police officials announced that anyone driving with a dog or walking a dog will be punished, and any dog found on the streets will be picked up by authorities and taken away.

In an interview Dr. Reza Javalchi, president of the Iranian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, gave to FRANCE 24 and published on The Observers, he said that this new decision seems illogical.

“You don’t have to travel far outside of Tehran to realize that there are many veterinarian clinics that treat dogs, as well as many canine breeders,” said Javalchi. The police and the Red Cross also use dogs for some of their work. This new decision seems absurd. The police even hide out near veterinarian clinics to confiscate dogs when they come out!”

According to AFP despite the strong crack down on pet owners, the demand for dogs in local markets has seen an increase in recent years.

The report also stated that in June 2010 Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirzi considered dog companionship “a blind imitation” of Western culture. He warned that family corruption and damages to societal values would arise from owning a pet.

In Iran working dogs such as sheep dogs and guard dogs have always been accepted, but what authorities now frown upon is middle class citizens keeping animals as pets just as many Western dog-loving societies do. Stray animals in Iran suffer from worse animal cruelty ever seen. City workers are allowed to shoot to death stray canines when encountered roaming the streets.

For now, dog owners are scared of losing their loved companions. Pet lovers have taken measures and now walk their dogs at night in secluded areas. They no longer feel safe taking their pets to public spaces in daylight as they once did.

Animal rights activists in Iran are questioning the legality of this latest law enforcement by authorities.


32 thoughts on “Dogs no longer welcomed in Iran”

  1. That is sooo messed up animals where here way longer then the bloody ppls religons!! Seriously we all need to find a faith that does not hurt ppl nor animals!!!!!

  2. Time for people to their to convert to a more peaceful religion that doesn’t hate and mistreat animals and woman.

    • Unfortunately, converting from Islam is an automatic death sentence. I am currently reading a book called Captive in Iran about two young women persecuted, because they are Christians. It’s a fascinating read and I highly recommend it.

    • Hey, WTF? As monstrous as the unnecessary killing of household pets is, what you’re suggesting is even worse. Kill thousands of innocent civilians to kill their government — the same government that’s making their lives hell on a daily basis.

  3. Guess what? This is coming to the US soon. With the infiltration of Muslims and sharia law being implemented in our court systems every day, we will soon be facing the same thing.

  4. This is a terrible thimg but has nothing to do with Muslims or Islam in general, and should not be a reason to spread hate in the world. To do so makes us evil and reprehensible as the extremists laws we are finding so wrong and upsetting. Rise above this and find a constructive way to speak out against this practice. Hate mongering is not the way to go people.! Please stop it. Animal lovers are beytet than this.


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