Under the proposed law anyone who owns a dog will be fined up to $500. What happens next to the dogs is unclear. If passed, the police and military take away the dogs. However this is already occuring. Police are taking them. Many Iranians contacted international animal rights on facebook to say its happening now, even before the law has passed.
In the past Iranian animal lovers have said the ideas are preposterous and is not part of Islam criminal codes. As more and more young, educated, upwardly mobile young Iranians start owning dogs (i.e. appearing just like the wild Western people) the old religious leaders do not like it. By stopping people having dogs, they will take back some of their control.
Iranians hate it when stray dogs are culled. They don't like harsh officials or the way they operate.
Iran is part of UN. What about UN Millenium Development Goals of education, fairness, good governance. Singapore children have Animal Awareness now as part of MDGs.
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