Saudi Arabia bans pet-walking
At least the strict religious police didn’t ban pets entirely! According to the Al-Hayat newspaper, the Muttawa (aka Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, aka religious police) have banned selling pet cats and dogs and walking them in public places in the country’s capital Riyadh to preserve public morals. Othman al-Othman, head of the Muttawa in Riyadh, said that the ban was being enforced because men use pets to flirt with women and to “disturb families.” LOL! What a strange way to flirt!
According to Islamic beliefs, a Muslim loses credit for one good deed each day he keeps a dog unless it is used for hunting, protection or to assist shepherds. However, the ban surprised many Muslims as the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have loved cats. Also, though conservative Muslims see dogs as “dirty animals,” having a pedigree animal has become fashionable in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.