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Man's best friend may not be welcome in Iran
A stray dog sits at the Vafa animal shelter.Behrouz Mehri / AFP - Getty Images
By Jonathan Woods
Canine lovers in Iran are facing a motion presented by lawmakers to ban the public appearance of dogs. The conservative-dominated Parliament is pushing this due to dogs' "uncleanness" and the desire to combat "a blind imitation of vulgar Western culture."
If the motion becomes law, offenders will face a fine of five million rials (around $472 USD) and will have to get rid of their beloved canine in 10 days or their pet will be confiscated with a fate to be determined.