Saudi Arabia's Pet BanPublished August 12, 2008
According to news reports, Saudi Arabia's Islamic religious police take very seriously the threat of pet-attraction. After all, folks around the world have discovered that furry critters can be babe-magnets. So to keep men and women from taking advantage of the situation, they’ve banned selling d*gs and cats as pets, as well as walking them in public. Previous bans in the cities of Mecca and Jiddah have been largely ignored and failed to stop pet purchases, but last month a new ban went into effect in the capital, Riyadh. Authorities in the city say it will be strictly enforced by the agents of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (the religious police tasked with this job). What would I do if my pets were banned!? The ban was ordered because apparently more and more men used cats and d*gs to make passes at women and pester families! People who violate this ban by being caught outside with their pets will have them confiscated. The ban does not address women, so I suppose it’s okay for women to still own pets. So far, I’ve not learned if they plan to expand the ban beyond the capital. What do you think? Views towards cats and d*gs vary the world over. Cultural differences aside, I’m sorry that poor behavior by some folks has spoiled it for true pet lovers who simply enjoy the companionship of d*gs and cats. And it’s the pets who suffer the most.
- Filed Under: News & Blogs