A report from Spain this week claims two Islamic groups based in Lérida, a city in the north-eastern region of Catalonia where 29,000 Muslims now make up around 20% of the population, demanded that local officials regulate all dogs in public spaces so as not to “offend Muslims”.
Muslims leaders demanded that dogs be banned from all forms of public transportation including all city buses as well as from all areas frequented by Muslim immigrants.
Muslims said the presence of dogs violates their religious freedoms and their right to live according to Islamic principles.
After the municipality refused to give in to Muslim demands, the city experienced a wave of dog poisonings. Local media reported dozens of canine pets were poisoned in Lérida’s working class neighbourhoods of Cappont and La Bordeta.
These districts are heavily populated by Muslim immigrants and the poisoning of dogs has continued unabated.
This follows dog-related controversies in other European countries.
In Holland, Muslims who live in The Hague and who now make up more than 12% of that city’s population of 500,000, have campaigned to rid the city of all dogs. Muslims view dogs as offensive and unclean.
“A ban on them would be a sure vote-getter”, one Muslim spokesman said.
“Keeping dogs as pets is tantamount to animal abuse”, he claimed, and called for the possession of dogs to be declared a criminal offence.
Well, I reckon dogs are more intelligent, better company and certainly better behaved than most Muslims.