Iran Bans All Dog-related Ads, Walking Dogs in Public  

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Iran Bans Pet Ads and Describes Dogs as "Unclean Animals"
Aug. 27, 2010

Iranian authorities have banned all advertisements for pets, pet food and other pet products, The Telegraph reported.

The Iranian authorities made such a decision after powerful cleric Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi had issued the fatwa and stressed that, in line with the Islamic tradition, dogs are unclean animals.

The ban on pet ads and products appears to have come as to own pets became popular among Iranian people. However, Ayatollah couldn't accept and come to terms with this love for "unclean animals."

Ayatollah Shirazi declared in June that dog owners are "blindly imitating the West" and that their devotion to the animals would result in "evil outcomes."

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Iranian Man Gets 4 Months in Jail, 30 Lashes for Walking His Dog!
Feb. 20, 2008

A 70-year-old Iranian man was arrested and sentenced to four months in jail and 30 lashes for walking his dog, reported Tuesday. Police caught the man on the street with his dog in Shahr Rey, a suburb of Tehran.

Owners of domestic animals are forbidden from taking them on the streets of the city because Islam considers dogs to be impure. An Islamic judge later charged the man for "disturbing the public order," reported.

Despite repeated warnings by the police, dog owners continue to defy authorities by taking their dogs outside their homes. Typical punishment for people caught with dogs outside is a fine or the "detention" of their animals in a pound, reported.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently provoked debate in Iran about dog ownership when he took possession of four guard dogs, bought in Germany for approximately $161,040 each.

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