Iran Tehran Bans Dog Walking in Public Places
Dogs in Islam are described as impure and the Islamic authorities have been seeking injunctions against dogs. In late January, Iran’s capital city,Tehran, imposed a new ban to further ban dog ownership: dog walking in public places would not be allowed. This dog restriction also extends to car driving. Owners will be fined for driving with dogs in Tehran. The authorities claimed that dogs in public areas would generate anxiety and fear among people.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, dog ownership has been a hot topic in Iran. Apart from cultural consideration, ban on dog ownership is also of political concerns. In Islamist hardliners’ opinion, owning a dog is a pro-Western action.
Bans on dog ownership is not a new phenomenon in Iran actually. Back in 2010, Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance obtained an injunction against advertisements for pets and pet-related products. In 2014, the MPs even tried to pass a law to punish dog owners with flogging if they were caught taking pets out in public areas. This attempt failed, temporarily. This new ban on dog walking and driving with dogs in 2019 is a moderate version of the 2014 one.
Though this new ban in Tehran dog walking has not caused a big stir on social media, lives of dog lovers in Iran are getting really tough.
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