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Aussie Dave Solves: The Saudi Ban on Cats and Dogs

Problem: Saudi men are using pets to flirt with women and to “disturb families,” resulting in a Saudi ban on the selling of cats and dogs and walking them in public places, thus depriving people of pet companionship.

Saudi Arabia’s religious police have banned selling pet cats and dogs and walking them in public places in the country’s capital Riyadh to preserve public morals, the Al-Hayat newspaper said Thursday.

The religious police, known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, or the Muttawa, is charged with enforcing Saudi Arabia’s strict Islamic code. Its members usually ensure that unmarried men and women do not socialize, women are properly covered and men attend prayers.

Though conservative Muslims see dogs as “dirty animals,” having a pedigree animal has become fashionable in the kingdom, where social life is ruled by the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.

Othman al-Othman, head of the Muttawa in Riyadh, told the Saudi edition of al-Hayat daily that the ban was being enforced because men use pets to flirt with women and to “disturb families.”

Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, acting governor of Riyadh province, issued the decree following a recommendation previously issued by the country’s council of distinguished Islamic scholars.

Solution: Lift the ban on cats and dogs, as well as the ban on women driving. More women on the roads means less women walking. And less women walking means less women who can be hit on by horny Saudi men with pets.

Don’t thank me, I’m a giver.

Previously on Israellycool: Aussie Dave Solves: The Gaza Terrorist and Weapons Smuggling Problem

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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