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VIDEO: After dog-walking ban, officials in Iran are now confiscating dogs from owners

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According to a video posted by an Iranian journalist, Masih Alinejad, a young man was brutally beaten by police in Iran simply because he refused to give his dog away. In Iran, it is officially banned to take your dog out for a walk.

Iranian journalist posted a video of the incident on her Twitter account

“This video that I’ve received today made me angry. A young man being beaten up savagely by the police in Iran just because he resisted to give his dog away. His mother is trying to help him but see what happens. According to the laws in Iran, walking a dog in public is a crime.” wrote Masih Alinejad on Twitter.

As part of a long-standing official campaign to discourage dog ownership, Iran’s capital city has banned the public from walking pet dogs, BBC reported in 2019.

In January 2019, Tehran Police Chief Hossein Rahimi said, “We have received permission from the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office and will take measures against people walking dogs in public spaces, such as parks.”

Iranians can’t take their dogs out for a walk in Iran

Masih Alinejad, the Iranian journalist, posted another video on Tuesday that tells a story of a young kid, who is unable to take his dog for a walk due to rules of the Iranian regime.

“I can no longer take my dog out for a walk because the Islamic Republic of Iran’s officials will catch & kill him,” the boy said in a video posted on Twitter.

In 2010, a senior Iranian cleric issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, that dogs were “unclean” and not to be kept as pets, Reuters reported. “Friendship with dogs is a blind imitation of the West,” Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi was quoted as saying in Iranian newspaper Javan Daily at the time. “There are lots of people in the West who love their dogs more than their wives and children.”


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