Saudi religious police ban pet cats and dogs

Saudi religious police ban pet cats and dogs

Saudi Arabia’s religious police have banned selling cats and dogs or exercising them in public in the Saudi capital, because of men using them as a means of making passes at women, an official said.

Othman al-Othman, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Riyadh, known as the Muttawa, told the Saudi edition of al-Hayat daily the commission has started enforcing an old religious edict.
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The reason behind reinforcing the edict now was a rising fashion among some men using pets in public “to make passes on women and disturb families,” he said, without giving more details.

Othman said that the commission has instructed its offices in the capital to tell pet shops “to stop selling cats and dogs”.

The 5000-strong religious police oversees the adherence to Wahabism – a strict version of Sunni Islam, which also forces women to cover from head to toe when in public, and bans them from driving.

– Source: Saudi religious police ban pet cats and dogs, AFP, via the Sydney Morning Herald, July 31, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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