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Iranian government agents have shot and buried more than 1,000 dogs at an animal shelter, according to reports.
Government-affiliated agents reportedly raided the Gandak dog shelter and shot all the animals inside, including dogs that had been neutered and vaccinated. Officers then used fire engines to wash the blood from the scene.
Activists claimed the road leading to the shelter remained closed the entire time, the Foreign Desk website reported. Some reports claim that the number of dogs reached 1,700.
Several videos have appeared online showing the aftermath of the shooting. An activist also claimed that Iranian forces arrested several members of a group trying to intervene and also locked the director of the shelter in a room during the shooting.
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An activist claimed it was part of an annual cull by Iranian leaders, but said some dogs survived the attack.
Religious authorities have argued that keeping pets inside the home is unhygienic and un-Islamic, and reports of animal attacks by stray dogs have sparked some support for more measures. strict.
Lisa Daftari, editor of The Foreign Desk website, told Fox News Digital the actions were “not surprising”.
“For a long time now, citizen journalists on the ground in Iran have been trying to demonstrate to the world the inhumane nature of this regime,” she said. “They have no compassion for women, children and, as exemplified in this case, innocent animals.”
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Daftari urged officials to try to bring human rights abuses into talks with Iran — especially nuclear weapons talks.
“In trying to broker the Iran nuclear deal in 2015, President Obama started a trend of not including human rights abuses in the deal,” she explained. “These examples, however, underscore the importance of calling in a brutal regime that will stop at nothing to ensure its rule is ironclad. Does that sound like a worthy negotiating partner? We We need to start exposing these heinous crimes.”
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Last year, Iran floated the idea of banning most pets to protect the country from “unclean” animals. The bill would make it illegal to own, breed or transport dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets.
The Gandak animals had all undergone the necessary sterilizations and vaccinations, making it unnecessary for the government to dispose of them.
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Possession of “wild animals” such as lizards, donkeys or mice would already expose individuals to heavy fines and penalties, Radio Free Europe reported.