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Iran looks at making dog-owning a crime

Lawmakers in Iran have proposed a bill to criminalize dog ownership.

Traditionally frowned upon and grudgingly tolerated by Islamic leaders, having a dog would become a crime if the bill is passed by Parliament, punishable by fines and confiscation of dogs.

According to a Time magazine report, backers of the bill warn that dogs pose health hazards, and their increasing popularity as pets is “a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the West.”

Those caught walking and keeping “impure and dangerous animals” would have their dogs confiscated and face fines of $100 to $500.

What would become of confiscated dogs isn’t spelled out.

Dog ownership has become more popular in Iran with the rise of an urban middle class, and Time reports that “these days, lap dogs rival designer sunglasses as the upper-middle-class Iranian’s accessory of choice.”

A senior Iranian cleric last year decreed dogs are “unclean” and issued a fatwa ordering they not be kept as pets.


Comment from Kat Smith
Time April 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

You know full well that they will kill the dogs confiscated. They don’t hesitate to kill women and children why should they care what happens to the animals? The government is trying to keep Iran a 7th century hell hole.

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

“Fundamentalists”.., regardless of their stripe, ya gotta love ’em. Biggest bunch of intolerant fools on the planet.

Comment from Larry
Time April 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Lolz, I actually like the Iranian people. I like Iranian food, and some of the chicks are just flat-out gorgeous. That said, their government is even stupider and more corrupt than ours (US), and that’s saying A LOT. Dogs? Really? You guys really suck.

Comment from shadee
Time April 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

The country’s goverment is full of shit. The dogs are cleaner than some of the members of the goverment.

Comment from Catherine B
Time April 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

someone needs to find a way to adopt these dogs! someone should intervene and tell them that these dogs should be adopted by other countries instead… animal cruelty is so wrong, and it makes me so sad

Comment from karin aue
Time April 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

to have dogs or pets is not a crime!!! to kill them is a crime! to kill people or animals is a crime! dont tell people how to life!!! if they want pets you should accept that!! we are all FREE!!!!!!!!!

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Did I mention that the little white doggie with the face mask is about the cutest thing since the “Haley-Bear”?
What is wrong with those people?

Comment from Ruth
Time April 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Ignorant bastards!!!