Middle East

‘My cat is not dangerous’: Iran’s lawmakers seek to forbid having pets

16:28, 12 December 2021
‘My cat is not dangerous’: Iran’s lawmakers seek to forbid having pets Photo: Rouzbeh Fouladi/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

75 members of parliament signed the bill as they find domestic animals to be a “major social problem”.

A quarter of Iranian MPs have recently signed a bill aiming at banning the country’s population from keeping pets, local media report. The project, called “Support for the rights of the population concerning harmful and dangerous animals”, presumes that many citizens having pets represents a destructive social issue.

The lawmakers warn that the practice gradually changes the Iranian and Islamic lifestyle in general and replaces human and familial relations by emotional relations with animals.

The bill implies the prohibition of “raising, breeding, assisting in the breeding, buying or selling, transporting, driving, and keeping in the home wild, exotic, harmful and dangerous animals, including crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards, mice, cats, rabbits, and dogs, regarded as an impure animal like a pig.

Those who will potentially decide to keep animals will face a risk of paying a fine making from 10 to 30 times the minimum wage, which is currently slightly below $100 per month, as well as the confiscation of the pet.

The proposition has raised a wave of indignation and mockery in the press and among Iranian citizens. Many people have said that they consider keeping pets as a cultural phenomenon and warn that the law will trigger chaos, corruption, and mass disobedience if passed.

Though many lawmakers signed the project, they do not fully agree with it. Chief of the Parliament Judicial Commission Moussa Ghazanfar Abadi said that he supported the bill in general but disagreed with certain clauses.

Iran has recently re-engaged in nuclear deal discussions with major international powers and announced that it suggested two drafts of the agreement which will lift economic sanctions from the country in exchange for limiting its nuclear development.