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Saudi dogs: Animal magnetism banned

 Worried that dogs may be helping bring members of the opposite sex together, Saudi Arabia’s Islamic religious police have banned the selling of dogs and cats — and walking them in public — in the capital city of Riyadh.
 Ma’assalama, babe magnets.
 I’m normally not one to criticize an entire culture, but this bothers me on several levels.
 For one, it’s hard to walk a dog in private, and dogs need their walks, and Riyadh is going to have a bunch of very cranky canines on its hands.
 For another, some of us guys – whether our name is “Yasser” or “Doug” – really need all the help we can get.
The prohibition went into effect on Wednesday in the Saudi capital, and authorities said – unlike previous pet bans in Mecca and Jidda, which had little impact – this one will be strictly enforced.
Violators found outside with their pets will have their them confiscated by agents of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the official name of the religious police. The violator will be forced to sign a document vowing not to repeat the act. If he does, he will be “referred to authorities.”
 According to a Fox News story, the commission’s general manager, Othman al-Othman, said the ban was ordered to combat “the rising of phenomenon of men using cats and dogs to make passes at women and pester families” as well as “violating proper behavior in public squares and malls.”
The Saudi-owned Al-Hayat announced the ban in its Wednesday edition. Read more »