Muslim Hate of Pet Animals

Taxi driver who refused to take guide dog is fined

25 January 2017

BBC

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 dog.


"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



Mecca bans sale of pet cats, dogs

DPA
Thursday, August 24, 2006

DUBAI: Authorities in the Saudi city of Mecca have banned the sale of pet cats and dogs at the request of religious police.

The 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 report said.


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.


The Jeddah 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.


Saudi Arabia 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 malls."


"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 address women.


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 quickly revoked.


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 pests.


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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