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  • Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly passe

    CRAZY!!


    The reason why men aren't allowed to walk dogs or take cats out on a stroll in Riyadh as of Wednesday is because they aren't allowed to buy pets there any more. A hamster, maybe. A goldfish, probably, but not a dog or a cat. If a person has a pet already, the person can keep the pet, just not take it outside. As of Wednesday, the ban went into effect.

    According to this AP article, some men, it seems, were using their furry friends as a way to get up close and personal with women and bother families--a big no no in Saudi Arabia. The sexes are to be separate from each other. Dogs and cats are ice breakers for bridging the divide.

    As bans go, this one sounds a bit loosey goosey since as of the writing of the article, people didn't know about the ban, including a pet shop owner. The other detail the article pointed out is that it's not often that people walk dogs in Riyadh anyway and when do people really walk cats?

    From what the people who were interviewed said, it doesn't sound as if people are planning to follow the ban, just like what happened when there was a ban on cell phones with cameras back in 2004. The fear there was that people of the opposite sex would use the cameras to take pictures of each other. People didn't go along with that ban so it was dropped.

    If you are planning on heading to Saudi Arabia, I'd leave the pooch or kitty at home unless you don't mind them having a stay under the care of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the name for the religious police who are doing the pet confiscating.

    One thought about this ban is that it's really to control pet ownership which is seen as a Western influence. Dog ownership has not been part of Saudi culture until more recently. Cats, though, have, so it is unclear why they are being picked on.
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    Re: Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly p

    Men shouldn't be allowed to have bascarts in United States grocery stores either.
    Last edited by tastebud; 08-11-2008, 11:41 PM.

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      Re: Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly p

      Originally posted by tastebud View Post
      Men shouldn't be allowed to have bascarts in United States grocery stores either.
      Umm Ok what is a Bascart?

      Huffle
      God grant me the serenity to accept the yarn I cannot return... courage to change the yarn I can... and the reciept to know the difference.

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        Re: Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly p

        Basket/cart

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          Re: Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly p

          Ha ha ha... Babe cracks up when I walk ahead of him in the grocery w/ my hand held out behind me... until I just give in to the fear and stop so he can pull ahead of me. Having your heel run over in a grocery IS grounds for murder.
          "What fresh hell is this?" Dorothy Parker

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            Re: Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly p

            I watched a neighbor one time try to take his cat for a walk on a leash and it was the funniest thing I'd ever seen. More like a cat drag, than a walk.

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              Re: Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly p

              Originally posted by JennyS View Post
              I watched a neighbor one time try to take his cat for a walk on a leash and it was the funniest thing I'd ever seen. More like a cat drag, than a walk.
              LOLOL!!!!!! I seen a guy walk-drag one 5 feet and went back in the house....lol
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