May 16, 2017

"Risking 60 Lashes, Iranian Runs for Office So He Can Walk a Dog."

The NYT reports.
[Payam Mohebi, the city’s star veterinarian], who is running for one of the 21 seats on Tehran’s City Council, is shown on the posters posing with a stray dog. In most countries, that would hardly turn a head. But in Iran, where the ruling clerics consider dogs impure, taking one for a walk risks the arrest of the owner and the seizure, and possible extermination, of the animal.

The doctor says he knows about all that, but is willing to take the risk. “I’m doing this so that one seat in the City Council will be for the animals,” he said. “They live with us, we love them, they have rights too.”...

In 2002, he started Tehran’s first pet hospital at a time when few people there had dogs and cats... “People said I was crazy, but I saw change coming.... Iranians wanted pets.”... 
3 years ago, Parliament increased the penalty for owning a dog to $2,500 and 60 lashes — plus death for the dog.
“We have one million pets in this city — what are they thinking?” Dr. Mohebi said. “There is a massive gap between our politicians and us.”

If he is elected, Dr. Mohebi said, there will be no more killings. “We should have special parks for dogs instead, like we have special women-only parks for women who want to go running without their Islamic scarves,” he said.

29 comments:

Drago said...

Have they blamed Trump yet?

Kevin said...

How does he know the dog identifies as a dog?

traditionalguy said...

Tehran's dogs need to be of the barkless breeds.

Obviously this guy is not an Arab doofus but a Persian. Ghingiss's tribe liked horses and dogs around the camp.

Sebastian said...

Wait till you hear what the clerics think about them Yankee dogs.

Lyle Smith said...

Special parks for only women... yep, dogs have to have their park too. Funniest thing I've read today.

madAsHell said...

We should have special parks for dogs instead, like we have special women-only parks for women who want to go running without their Islamic scarves

Women without scarves, dogs without leashes!! Can the end be near?

mockturtle said...

“There is a massive gap between our politicians and us.”

I can relate.

traditionalguy said...

Please.
No dissing women in the comments.Women deserve special parks because they are loyal to their Master and exercise is good for them.

Cacimbo Cacimbo said...

" Funniest thing I've read today." It would be funny if it wasn't so horrible. As a female I am very very very grateful to have been born in the USA. Sadly todays college students are trying to replicate women only parks with their demands for so called "safe" spaces.

tim maguire said...

Iran could and should be the most progressive, western-facing society in the Muslim world. And might be if Obama hadn't abandoned democracy there.

Fernandinande said...

Someone here (thanks!) got me started on The DiploMad with this post:

Shaking Hand: A Memory of Pakistan
"After reading my story about the dead monkey, an old colleague emailed me a nasty picture of two Pakistani boys beating a small puppy to death on a roadside."

The Godfather said...

@Cacimbo Cacimbo: Right on!

n.n said...

The fragile alliance between left-wing Muslims, humanitarian pornographers, and female chauvinists. In their war on native nationalists, male males, female females, Americans, and babies, too, something has to break.

Bad Lieutenant said...

3 years ago, Parliament increased the penalty for owning a dog to $2,500 and 60 lashes — plus death for the dog.

OK, can we nuke them now?

St. George said...

It's pretty much the same in Saudi Arabia.

I took a job there years ago, arriving late at night. My boss, a Christian Lebanese man, drove me to my hotel. On the way, while traversing various side streets he tried to hit a dog or two with his car.

I did not stay long in Saudi Arabia.

JohnAnnArbor said...

How do they feel about cats?

buck said...

“We should have special parks for dogs instead, like we have special women-only parks for women who want to go running without their Islamic scarves...”

Mike drop. Nothing more need be said. Talk to me about misogyny, hillary.

rhhardin said...

Headscarves for the dogs. There's your solution.

Steven said...

Ah, yes, those "ruling clerics" of unspecified religion who "consider" dogs unclean.

MayBee said...

I used to live around the corner from the Iranian embassy. And I used to take great pleasure in wearing a sleeveless t-shirt, letting my hair hang long, and walking my dog past it.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Speaking of alternative history - what if the Arabs had failed to conquer the Sasanian Empire in the 7th Century C.E.?

For Zoroastrians dogs are benificient creatures, whereas cats are creatures of the evil deity Angra Mainyu.

That, and Iran would today not be infested with ayatollahs.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Iran could and should be the most progressive, western-facing society in the Muslim world. And might be if Obama hadn't abandoned democracy there.

...or if the US had left Mosaddegh alone in 1951.

John Cunningham said...

Yet another example of why Islam is a demonic death cult which needs to be exterminated.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

How do they feel about cats?

Islam is fine with cats. Cats good, dogs bad. With Zoroastrianism, the reverse.

Another nugget: When Cambyses II, son of Cyrus, invaded Egyptin 525 BCE, his infantry nailed cats to their shields. This tactic confounded the Egyptians, to whom cats are sacred.

David Begley said...

Another reason to hate Iran.

Clyde said...

Man's best friend, except in Muslim countries. Tells us all we need to know about them. Those who mistreat or, even worse, eat dogs, are the bottom of the barrel.

David said...

"If he is elected, Dr. Mohebi said, there will be no more killings. "

Of dogs maybe. People still at risk.

David said...

"Man's best friend, except in Muslim countries."

It is estimated that there are about 200,000 stray dogs in istanbul. The dogs are fed and given affection. If it's unusually cold, people find blankets for them.

Muslims are mysterious.

The worst treatment of dogs I have ever seen was in Africa.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...


...or if the US had left Mosaddegh alone in 1951.
5/16/17, 7:39 PM


Oh shit, you're one of those?