Muslim Hate of Pet Animals
Taxi driver who refused to take guide dog is fined
25 January 2017
Abandi Kassim turned away Charles Bloch, 22, and his dog in Leicester in July 2016.
The driver apologised outside Leicester Magistrates' Court and claimed he was "confused" at the time.
Mr Bloch said he hoped the fine would send a message to others that disability laws must be respected.
He had booked the minicab for himself and his assistance dog, Carlo,
and his girlfriend filmed Kassim saying he would not take them with the
dog because of his religion.
Mr Bloch, who is registered blind, explained the law but Kassim drove away.
Kassim, 44, of Fountains Avenue, Leicester, pleaded guilty to refusing
to convey a guide dog, an offence under the Equality Act 2010, and was
fined £340 plus £200 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.
Magistrates told him taxi drivers had a duty to know the law.
Kassim said: "I was confused because I was scared of the dog and at the
time I did not know the difference between the guide dog and the normal
"It was a mistake, it was a lack of training, I think there should be a
course about dogs. I know about them now and would take them now."
Mr Bloch said: "I know a lot of people with assistance dogs worry about
this happening so hopefully this shows them the law is on their side.
"It also shows that if they have a problem, there is something they can do about it."
This is the second time Mr Bloch has taken action against a taxi firm, with him bringing a similar case in November.
ADT Taxis, which employed Mr Kassim, said the driver had been dismissed as soon as they became aware of the incident.
Guide dogs and the law
Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for a private hire vehicle
to refuse to take a disabled person because they have an assistance
dog, nor can they charge more.
Anyone found guilty of an offence under the act is liable to a fine.
Assistance dogs are defined as dogs trained to guide someone who is
blind, deaf, epileptic or suffers a condition which affects mobility.
Drivers can apply to a licensing authority for exemption from carrying assistance dogs, but only on medical grounds.
Source: UK Government
bans sale of pet cats, dogs
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Authorities in the Saudi city of Mecca have banned the sale of pet cats and dogs
at the request of religious police.
commission for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice made the request
after many young Saudis had gone outdoors with their pet dogs violating the
kingdom's culture and traditions, the Arab News reported on Thursday.
Authorities in the city of Jeddah have also begun enforcing the decision, the
commission complained that Saudi youths, apparently influenced by Western
culture, were bringing their pets into public places, allegedly causing distress
to families with young children.
Municipality had received a letter from the Mecca governorate banning the sale
of pet dogs and cats in the city, the report added.
Islam considers dogs unclean
and Muslim traditional families do not keep them as pets. But there is no
mention of cats.
bans sale of dogs, cats in capital
By DONNA ABU-NASR
August 1, 2008
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) —
Every single man knows: Walking a dog in the park is a sure babe magnet. Saudi
Arabia's Islamic religious police, in their zeal to keep the sexes apart, want
to make sure the technique doesn't catch on here.
The solution: Ban selling
dogs and cats as pets, as well as walking them in public.
The prohibition went into
effect Wednesday in the capital, Riyadh, and authorities in the city say they
will strictly enforce it — unlike previous bans in the cities of Mecca and
Jiddah, which have been ignored and failed to stop pet sales.
Violators found outside with
their pets will have their beloved poodles and other furry companions
confiscated by agents of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the
Prevention of Vice, the official name of the religious police, tasked with
enforcing Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic code.
The commission's general
manager, Othman al-Othman, said the ban was ordered because of what he called
"the rising of phenomenon of men using cats and dogs to make passes at women and
pester families" as well as "violating proper behavior in public squares and
"If a man is caught with a
pet, the pet will be immediately confiscated and the man will be forced to sign
a document pledging not to repeat the act," al-Othman told the Al-Hayat
newspaper. "If he does, he will be referred to authorities." The ban does not
The Saudi-owned Al-Hayat
announced the ban in its Wednesday edition, saying it was ordered by the acting
governor of Riyadh province, Prince Sattam, based on an edit from the Council of
Senior Islamic Scholars and several religious police reports of pet owners
harassing women and families.
Commission authorities often
do not formally announce to the public new rules that they intend to implement.
Officials from the commission and Riyadh city government could not be reached
for comment Thursday, which is a weekend day in Saudi Arabia. The
English-language Arab News reported on the ban Thursday.
So far, the prohibition did
not appear to have any effect in Riyadh. It's extremely rare, anyway, to see
anyone in the capital walking a dog — much less carrying a cat in public —
despite the authorities' claims of flirtatious young men luring girls with their
pets in malls.
Salesmen at a couple of
Riyadh pet stores said Thursday they did not receive any orders from the
commission banning the sale of pets. Cats and dogs were still on display.
"I didn't hear of the ban,"
said Yasser al-Abdullah, a 28-year-old Saudi nurse, who was at one pet store
with his 3-month-old collie, Joe.
Al-Abdullah, who also owns an
8-month-old Labrador, said a couple of Western friends had been told to get off
the streets by the religious police for walking their dogs.
"I won't allow the commission
to take my dogs from me," he said.
The religious police prowl
streets and malls throughout the kingdom, ensuring unmarried men and women do
not mix, confronting women they feel are not properly covered or urging men to
go to prayers.
They also often make attempts
to plug the few holes in the strict gender segregation that innovations bring.
In 2004, for example, they tried to ban cameras on cell phones, fearing that men
and women would exchange pictures of each other — though the prohibition was
There was no word whether
commission authorities intend to expand the dog and cat ban beyond the capital.
The prohibition may be more
of an attempt to curb the owning of pets, which conservative Saudis view as a
sign of corrupting Western influence, like the fast food, shorts, jeans and pop
music that have become more common in the kingdom.
Although it has never been
common to own pets in the Arab world, it's becoming increasingly fashionable
among the upper class in Saudi Arabia and other countries such as Egypt.
In Islamic tradition, dogs
are shunned as unclean and dangerous, though they are kept for hunting and
guarding. In large cities around the Middle East, stray dogs are considered
The ban on cats is more
puzzling, since there's no similar disdain for them in Islamic tradition.
One of the Prophet Muhammad's
closest companions was given the name Abu Huraira, Arabic for "the father of the
kitten," because he always carried a kitten with him and a number of traditional
stories of the prophet show Muhammad encouraging people to treat cats well.
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