Walking dogs or even having a dog in your car has been made illegal in Tehran, Iran's capital city.
Owning a pet is very much a part of western culture. The most popular to have are, of course, cats and dogs. Then there are animals such as hamsters, rats, birds, lizards, fish, and even more uncommon creatures such as ferrets or tarantulas. We form bonds with our pets and a lot of the time they are considered a member of the family.
While we know we are going to offend a lot of cat people with this one, that is especially true of dogs. Our furry canine friends have not earned themselves the moniker of man's best friend for nothing. Dogs have been by our side for centuries, performing jobs and acting as pets. We feed, love, and walk them and in return, we have their unwavering loyalty.
Some countries don't embrace owning dogs as pets quite as much as nations such as the US and UK. In fact, due to Islamic tradition classing dogs as unclean animals, many Middle Eastern countries are not fans of dogs at all. That's why, as reported by The Independent, walking dogs in public places in the Iranian capital of Tehran has recently been made illegal.
Due to the influence of western culture, owning dogs as pets has apparently become popular among the Iranian middle class. However, the passing of this law is going to make caring for a dog extremely difficult. Not only is the walking of dogs in public places now strictly prohibited, but they are also not allowed to be transported in cars. Anyone caught doing so will reportedly be the subject of "serious police action."
Bad times for anyone who owns a dog in Iran's capital right now. This isn't the first law passed by the country that is a clear attempt to stunt the influence of western civilization on the Middle Eastern nation. The word "wine" has been banned, and even dancing is illegal. A group of Iranians who created a spoof video of Happy by Pharell Williams were arrested and given 91 lashes for doing so.