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Public Dog Walking is Banned in Tehran, Iran

Updated On 30 Jan, 2019 Published On

Tehran officials, the capital city of Iran, have banned dog walking in public spaces in order to discourage dog ownership.

Tehran Police Chief Hossein Rahimi told Young Journalists Club that dogs were "creating fear and anxiety" among the people in the city.

The police chief told the outlet, "We have received permission from the Tehran Prosecutor's Office, and will take measures against people walking dogs in public spaces, such as parks".

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Hossein added that it's now "forbidden" to drive dogs in cars in Tehran, saying, "If this is observed, serious police action will be taken against the car-owners in question".

Iran has no animal cruelty laws. Around 30 lawmakers drafted a bill in 2014 in which they stated that they would sentence Iranians walking their dogs to 74 lashes and would make a fine of $3,000 if citizens would not follow the law.

The draft bill read, "Anyone who walks or plays with animals such as dogs or monkeys in public places will damage Islamic culture, as well as the hygiene and peace of others, especially women and children".

The dogs dispute arises from a culture war from the 1979's Iranian Revolution.

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