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Iranian government’s new bill to ban pet cats sparks mockery and outrage

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Iranian government's proposed law to ban pet cats has sparked outrage

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the main points

  • The proposed law is called “Protection of the rights of the public against animals.”
  • Already 75 hard-line lawmakers have signed off
  • If the bill becomes law, people in Iran could be banned from keeping cats and dogs as pets

Cats are among the most popular pets in the world and arguably the most searched keyword on the internet.

As pets, they are as popular as dogs because they are very easy to keep and care for. But if you are in Iran, owning a cat as a pet can get you in legal trouble because the government there has passed legislation to ban most domestic cats.

Needless to say, the proposed law did not satisfy the public but rather sparked outrage.

Dubbed “Protecting the Rights of the Public Against Animals,” the law was proposed by as many as 75 lawmakers (MPs) and introduced in November.

Surprisingly enough, the proposed law is not just for cats.

The bill, which is said to be aimed at protecting the country from the influence of “unclean” animals, aims to ban the “importing, raising or assisting in the raising, breeding, buying, selling, transporting, driving, walking, and staying at home of wild, exotic and harmful animals.” and dangerous” France Press agency Transfer.

Other than cats, the bill would likely affect other animals such as snakes, turtles, lizards, mice, dogs and rabbits, all of which are raised as pets by many families around the world.

The proposed law also describes people living in Iran with animals as a “devastating social problem”. If passed, it would potentially prevent citizens from owning, raising, and transporting animals such as rabbits, dogs, and cats.

A quarter of parliament members are believed to have signed off on the text of the proposed law which also claims that animals can “gradually change the Iranian and Islamic way of life”.

While the law has yet to be passed, it has already been met with a backlash from animal lovers in Iran.

It was reported that the proposed law came due to cases of several people being attacked by stray dogs in the country.

If the bill ever becomes law, violators could face a fine equivalent to 10-30 times the “minimum monthly work wage” plus confiscation of the animal.

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