The Islamic Republic of Iran has had a complicated relationship with the idea of household pets for years but now officials are debating whether to ban the ownership of dogs and cats altogether as the animals are considered “impure” in religious sectors of society.

“Animals cause a gradual change in the Iranian and Islamic way of life and substitute love and sentimental ties between people for that of animals,” the draft law submitted to parliament read. EFE

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