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. There is nothing in the Koran that says animals should be abused or killed or that dogs are “dirty”. In fact, it states that animals, like people, ought to be treated with respect because, like people, they form communities – which is what the meaning of the word Muslim means – those who form communities. So this ruling is just cruel – it has nothing to do with religion. Yet another example of the abuse and misuse of a deeply entrenched bias in a culture.

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  2. This is has been their nasty secret for years. Years ago, in that country, they poisoned my mother’s dog and killed it. It was all tied to their extremist beliefs. My mother’s family were Christian, and living there temporarily.
    Between this story and China banning ownership of dogs larger than 14″ at the withers, it’s been a tough week for dogs. Can’t you judge a country by how they treat their animals? I guess no early cancer detection, lowered blood pressure, or bomb detection for them. What a shame, they’ll die young from their own ignorance.

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  3. I am a non muslim, but i am very sorry to say that dogs in muslim culture are not to be kept as pets. The only way a muslim is allowed yo keep a dog is to keep it as a guard, but he has to be kept outside. In other words no fundamentalist musalman can keep a dog as a pet. If they wish to keep a pet, cat is an option. Many muslims would just tightly wrap around their loose clothes so that their loosely hanging clothes do not come in contact with a dog that comes near. These are the ones who claim that they regularly pray. This they do out of ignorance, because in their religios i have come accross many muslims who pet a dog. When its time for prayer they just wash their hands, feet and face etc in a way that only a muslim can understand. Well all said, a dog has a very shabby place…and this the only religion to be found which has such strange rules. In other parts of the world animals are treated unfairly, but here its the religion thats making a dog suffer due to its saliva being religiously impure. All said and done, lets ask donald trump for comments

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  4. I am a non muslim, but i am very sorry to say that dogs in muslim culture are not to be kept as pets. The only way a muslim is allowed yo keep a dog is to keep it as a guard, but he has to be kept outside. In other words no fundamentalist musalman can keep a dog as a pet. If they wish to keep a pet, cat is an option. Many muslims would just tightly wrap around their loose clothes so that their loosely hanging clothes do not come in contact with a dog that comes near. These are the ones who claim that they regularly pray. This they do out of ignorance, because in their religios i have come accross many muslims who pet a dog. When its time for prayer they just wash their hands, feet and face etc in a way that only a muslim can understand. Well all said, a dog has a very shabby place…and this the only religion to be found which has such strange rules.
    In other parts of the world animals are treated unfairly, but here its the religion (only islam) thats making a dog suffer due to its saliva being religiously impure accordinh to their muslims belief. Little do they know that the thing they call saliva is perspiration. All said and done, lets ask donald trump for comments

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  5. All the countries in the world have some rules that are not obeyed seriously.what I’ve seen in Iran,was that forbidding people from bringing dogs in the streets is one example of these rules.

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  6. I saw peole who have dog as a pet in their home and also they bring it in the streets.But the thing that bothers some people there,is that they don’t respect others rights.some children or people may be afraid of dogs or not like to be close to them because of thousands reasons,but they don’t pay attention alot

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