Iran: Having pets may soon put you in jail

  • By Ali Hamedani
  • BBC World Service

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New legislation could have dramatic consequences for pet ownership in Iran.

“He looks at me with his beautiful innocent eyes. He asks me to take him for a walk, but I dare not. We will be arrested.”

Mahsa, a dog owner from Tehran, refers to a new wave of arrests of pet owners and the seizure of their animals in the city.

Police in the Iranian capital recently announced that walking dogs in city parks was a “crime”.

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