Monday, July 11, 2016

Saudi Morality Police Arrest Dog Show Organizers


Saudi Arabia has arrested two men for organizing a dog show in Jeddah.  From The Foreign Desk:
Saudi Arabia forbids the ownership of dogs as pets, viewing the animal as ‘unclean’ and a product of ‘decadent Western culture.’ Similarly, most Muslim scholars view dogs as ritually ‘impure.’

In some regions of the country, the ‘Mutaween’ or morality police usually tasked with ensuring women adhere to the strict Saudi dress code and keep unrelated men and women separated in public also keep watch and clamp down on pet-dog owners.

In 2008, Riyadh’s governor banned the sale of cats and dogs in an effort to keep men and women apart, after authorities claimed flirtatious young men were using their pets as magnets to lure girls in public places such as malls.

2 comments:

Rafael A. Salam said...

Hello.

A note about the "impurity" of dogs as the "Muslims.

According to the Qur'an and Sunnah, ie with the Islamic teaching, the dog, just like any other creature, it is not unclean.

Dogs are allowed when used to work as guard, hunting, herding, etc. In this case it is widely pemitido have dogs. But how about having pet dogs, is frowned upon, as all animals must live free. We must interfere with the possible minimum the natural life of anismais.

This is the Islamic teaching, which should always be separated from any state decisions.

I'm sorry for my english.

Joe Mama said...

"...authorities claimed flirtatious young men were using their pets as magnets to lure girls in public places such as malls."

A young man will get more attention at the beach walking a puppy than he will pulling into the parking lot with a new Corvette.

Some things transcend culture. I wonder if caring for a pet, especially a young one, is a marker for "fitness to be a parent."