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A Country Has Banned Dog Walking Due To 'Fear And Anxiety'

Dogs are 'creating fear and anxiety' among the public, so Iran has banned dog walking in public places in its capital city altogether.

The prosecutor's office has given the ban the tick of approval in a bid to discourage dog ownership in the Middle Eastern nation.

Tehran Police Chief Hossein Rahimi said driving with a dog in the car is now also illegal.

"It is forbidden to drive dogs around in cars and, if this is observed, serious police action will be taken against the car-owners in question," he told the Young Journalists Club, as translated by the BBC. 

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It's not yet known what 'police action' means but, in 2014, there was a push to have Iranian dog walkers lashed 74 times and fined up to $3000. The draft bill was signed by more than 30 lawmakers.

Keeping pet dogs in the home has become increasingly popular in Iran, especially among the country's middle class, despite dogs being considered 'unclean' under Islamic tradition.

This new crackdown has caused a ripple on social media, but locals have remained relatively quiet on the issue.

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It seems to be the opposite story in Italy, where dogs frequent public spaces.

Dog lovers in the city of Turin cop fines of more than $800 if they don't walk their pets three times a day.

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It's also illegal to turn a pet into a 'ridiculously fluffy toy', according to local media.

Also, a quick fact, while we're talking about Italy, keeping a goldfish in a bowl is frowned upon in Rome because it's considered cruel.

Apparently, the bowl limits oxygen flow and can cause the little fish to go blind.