New Iranian law could ban owning “dangerous animals”, including crocodiles and … cats

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Many have called the bill recently proposed to Iran’s parliament absurd – 75 Iranian officials want to ban their fellow citizens from owning pets, including cats and dogs. Under the new bill, anyone found to own a pet would be fined heavily and the pet would be confiscated. In response, Iranians have taken to social media to post pictures of their harmless pets.

Many have taken to social media to share photos of their beloved “dangerous animals” to protest the bill, which they fear will pass by Parliament, which currently has a majority of ‘ultra-conservatives in favor of stricter animal ownership laws. . A petition to Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the speaker of parliament, asking him to withdraw the bill has been tabled.

The beak includes dogs and cats as well as crocodiles and snakes. A person found with one of these animals could be fined up to 80 million tomans (or € 2,666), or 30 times the minimum monthly wage in Iran.

Opponents of the project fear that it will only worsen the already problematic animal rights situation in the country. And while the bill has yet to become law, there have already been consequences, with a number of animal shelters reporting that there has been an increase in the number of abandoned animals in recent weeks.

“No one would abandon their children because of a law”In some Muslim-majority countries, pets, especially dogs, are considered dirty or “unclean”. But in other Muslim countries, like Turkey, pets are popular and accepted.

But our Observer says purity isn’t the only reason ultra-conservatives seek to ban cats and dogs. Minou Momeni is a journalist and animal rights activist. She has a dog and a cat.

It wasn’t a sudden decision. Extremists who became MPs in the last election have been preparing legislation like this for years.

About ten years ago, they stationed moral police officers outside veterinary offices and confiscated people’s dogs, leaving them in the deserts around Tehran. But it created quite a scandal so they had to stop. But now we’re starting to hear stories of people having their pets confiscated again here and there.

I think one of the reasons ultraconservatives do this is because they think having a cat or a dog is a way of mimicking life in the West, which they very much despise.

Another factor is that they believe that some people could have cats and dogs as pets instead of having children, thus reducing the birth rate. The government wants to increase the birth rate [Editor’s note: The birth rate in Iran is currently at 1.6 versus 2.02 in Turkey or 1.85 in France].

But I don’t think people are going to give up their pets like that. My animals are like my children. No one would abandon their children because of a law. If they do not listen to us and pass this law, we will find a way around it.

If a police patrol saw me with my dog, they could take him away. company exploded. Food, medicine, vaccines, everything is more expensive.

For example, before, I paid 250.00 tomans [Editor’s note: €8] for a 10 kilogram bag of food for my dog. Now it costs two million tomans [€66] and, more often than not, the food is spoiled. Vaccines are now 15 times more expensive than before – around 600,000 tomans [€20]. The price of sterilizing an animal has also increased – it is now around two million tomans. [Editor’s note: the minimum monthly salary in Iran is 2.65 million toman, roughly €88.5].

This all has to do with the fact that the authorities have already banned imports of products related to pets. Today, pet food produced abroad is imported by smugglers. The animal feed produced here is not of good quality and the animals get sick after eating it.

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– Sª ££ ð £ (@Saeedepk) November 21, 2021 “Introducing the most dangerous animal in the house. If you have a dangerous animal, share it here, ”read this Twitter post. More and more abandoned dogs are arriving at the shelter where I work. People bring them back after finding them in parks or by the side of the road. Irresponsible landlords are afraid of having to pay a massive fine or even go to jail in a few weeks and so they abandon them.

At the same time, we are seeing a growing demand for cats, probably because they don’t need to go out and are easier to hide.

Anyway, it’s already become difficult to walk your dogs in the streets. If a police patrol saw me with my dog, they could take him. So I only take it out early in the morning or late at night. A few weeks ago, a police officer arrested me and told me he was allowed to take my dog. He was nice but he said I might not be so lucky next time.

I would say about six out of ten families I know have a pet. Sometimes even practicing Muslims have a cat or a dog, so this bill will affect a lot of people.

Having a pet was a luxury in Iran, but our Observer says that nowadays many people have pets. She said proof of this was the increase in stores and websites offering pet supplies, as well as vets.

Responding to the protests, one of the parliamentarians behind the bill, Hosseinali Deligani, said in an interview on November 23 that “walking with dogs and cats is harassing people or restricting their freedoms. People could bring cows and sheep to public parks, disrupting public order. With this law, we can avoid that kind of disagreement.

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