Apparently, public dog-walking ranks as the #1 problem facing Iran today. The ostensible policy reason for banning dogs according to the police chief is that dogs create “fear and anxiety” among members of the public.
The Rebel And if any Iranian dog owner thinks he can just throw Fido in the back seat and drive past Tehran’s city limits to walk the pooch, well, transporting a dog in a car is now illegal, too. Interestingly, it seems the very same Mullahs aren’t opposed to the existence of guard dogs though. What could possibly explain this double-standard? I guess having a few battalions of German Shepherds and Doberman Pincers on standby in case the populace revolts again.
In central Iran, dog lovers are in an uproar after authorities began confiscating their pet dogs in an apparent crackdown on the “vulgar Western custom” of canine ownership. Iran’s government considers keeping pet dogs un-Islamic.
BehindtheNews One unnamed dog owner in Shahin Shahr in Isfahan province told Iran’s Shahrvand newspaper that officials had shown up suddenly at his house last week. “We were shown a piece of paper indicating they were from the municipal veterinary office. They came in and took away our dogs under the pretext of vaccination,” he said.
The owner was told he could recover the dog after its vaccination, but when he went to the vet’s office there was no record of his case…and no dog there.
“Keeping and caring for dogs is haram (forbidden) according to religious leaders,” Boosaidi told the Fars news agency on June 19. “If we find out that anyone is keeping and caring for dogs and so is promoting vulgar Western culture, we will deal with them firmly.”
Stray dogs in Iran are shot to death in residential streets by city workers, while others are buried alive after being thrown into deeply dug grave-pits. Government workers randomly shoot at helpless dogs, which leave many injured, while howling and whimpering the dogs are buried alive.
Dog owners used to be able to keep their pets safe by regularly paying fines but Tehran police announced police would capture every dog they encountered and kill. The official reason given is said to be religious: Iran’s Islamic law forbids the possession of dogs, considered to be “impure” animals.
Pet dogs being walked on leashes are being ripped from their owners and placed in compounds, the equivalent of dog-jail, where owners are unable to pay and reclaim their dog. The Iranian Society for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals report that about 20 dogs in Pardisan Park in Tehran were arrested as their owners walked them.
If your dog should get loose in Iran, Iranian authorities might just poison him, causing a slow and agonizing death.
In many instances, Iranian officials inject acid into stray dogs causing a slow, agonizing death. The dogs and puppies scream in excruciating pain as their internal organs and tissues are chemically burned with the acid.
In the following video, instead of using a lethal but humane method, Iranian officials choose the least expensive poison – an acid that will corrode the animals’ guts while the dog is still alive, causing him to shriek in agony, such is the horrendous pain he experiences. It takes him several minutes to die.