The Iranian parliament could soon approve the Protection of the Public’s Rights Against Animals bill, which would ban pet ownership.
Police in the Iranian capital, Tehran, recently announced that walking dogs in parks is a crime, and the ban was justified as a way to “protect the safety of the public”.
The pet ownership ban would be subject to a permit issued by a special committee. There could be a minimum fine of around $800 for the “import, purchase and sale, transportation and keeping” of numerous animals ranging from common pets like dogs, cats, and rabbits.
While dogs as pets have been common in Iran’s rural areas, animals are considered impure in Islamic tradition. In addition, dogs have become a symbol of “Westernisation” in the eyes of the new regime.
If the law passes, animals could be extremely vulnerable. Many animal owners will likely not apply for permission to have their pets due to the fear of their application being denied and their pets being taken away. Dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, and more could be banned, leaving animal lovers in Iran heartbroken.
Sign this petition to fight the ban and call for dogs to be allowed to walk in public again in Tehran!
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