That’s it, my planned vacation with my dog Molly to Tehran is off. Iranian legislators have moved to ban dogs from both public places and private apartments. Muslim are taught that dogs are unclean and the Iranian legislators insist that dogs are not just an affront to Islam but ” a blind imitation of vulgar Western culture.”
Despite the Islamic aversion to dogs, some wealthy families have been seen with canines on the streets and parks.
The bill refers to the practice as “walking dangerous, unhealthy or unclean animals such as dogs” and orders that such “animal[s] will be confiscated.”
All of my plans are not in disarray. I had developed the first Barka for my female dog to walk the streets of Tehran with me — visiting such sites as the Martyr’s Fountain at Beheshte Zahra that runs with water colored red to look like real blood.