Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Truth About Cats And Dogs

"Saudi Arabia is a wonderful country... for me to POOP ON!!!" - Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

From the people who brought you most of the 9/11 hijackers comes an exciting new chapter in law enforcement: No dogs (or cats) allowed.

The religious police of Saudi Arabia, aka the Muttawa (which must mean "mutt-haters"), are now banning the sale of dogs and cats in parts of the kingdom. Both animals have been deemed too “Western,” and therefore un-Islamic. (Psst! We have Muslims over here, too.)

There, dogs are also considered dirty animals. As are pigs. But I’d like to point something out to people who believe such things: All animals are actually pretty dirty. They’re animals! And some people aren’t so clean, come to think of it.

Interestingly, according to Islamic beliefs, the prophet Mohammed himself enjoyed cats, and was once quoted as saying, “Mmm, tastes just like chicken.”

I kid. Mohammed never said that. (No riots, please? Now come on, people!) No, that would have been more like something Buddha would say. Ba-dum-bum!

But this new law is no joke. It means man’s best friend is no friend to Saudis. That’s unfortunate, too, because they are wonderful animals. And cats, well, they’re cats. That doesn’t mean anyone should be prevented from taking one into their home.

Still, I think the Saudis’ loss is the animals’ gain. The latter may have dodged a bullet, figuratively and literally. I mean, if they chop off a person’s hands for stealing, what would they do to a pet for soiling a prayer rug???

Perhaps the most consequential impact of this law is that future generations of Saudis may never get the chance to affect a “baby-talk” voice and say things like, “You’re a good boy! Yes you ARE! Daddy wuvs you SO much! Mmm-mmm!”

That’s just not right.

Above: What the Saudis are really afraid of?

15 comments:

Jack K. said...

The dog, not because of the cigar, but because it has a caustic wit about it. You have heard Triumph speak, haven't you? lol.

And as for the cat, it has two things going against it - it's Garfield and it requires staff. lol

But enough of the jocularity, the more serious questions might be this.

Are animals the only creatures that can be controlled? After all they don't seem to want to control terrorists.

Just a thought.

Paddys_Gal said...

yay- animal porn photos ! You rock, Pete.

Pete Bogs said...

jack - indeed, terrorists are the dirtiest animals of them all...

pg - I aim to please...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

actually Mohamed married a cat once...er make that a 9 month old kitten. meoutch!

dogs are dirty? hey, how often does a dog get bathed? now imagine if a human being bathed that infrequently. your eyes would be watering from the stench.

i think we should ship all western born cats to the mullah himself...now we are talkin shock and claw!!!

grrrrrrrherherhaha

/howl

Pete Bogs said...

k9 - all animals are dirty, and the point is, the folks with beliefs regarding specific animals just need to get over it... (come to think of it, camels are pretty damn nasty animals... spitting, etc.... but you don't see the Saudis banning them!)

Jack K. said...

How could any bona fide Arab get rid of a good stump-broke camel?

Bird said...

i'm not so concerned about banning pets - i'm more concerned about who gets to be educated and who doesn't - who gets to vote and who doesn't - who gets to drive and who doesn't.

et cetera, et cetera, et cetera

(but are the saudis allowed to have BIRDS? now THAT'S important!)

Pete Bogs said...

bird - I'm always concerned with arbitrary laws that do not have a solid foundation in reality or common sense... I care about the things you mentioned as well, but those and the pet ban are all part of the same repressive system, and it's all bullshit... pets were just the focus here...

liberalbanana said...

That's the stupidest thing I've read since yesterday when Jess Riley wrote that her local grocery store in WI has a "No Alcohol" lane. Um, what?

Humans ARE animals by the way.

Pete Bogs said...

banana - indeed! and often more dirty than other kinds of animals... so who are these people to say what's dirty?

Bird said...

but bogs - you didn't address my most important question - about the BIRDS!

Geeesh - you've got to get your priorities straight!

flap/flap/swoosh!

hey - did you change your picture again? hard man to keep up with!

Anonymous said...

praise allah!

Pete Bogs said...

bird - I don't about Saudis and birds... everything seems to be forbidden, so they are probably allowed to eat them (gulp!) but not care for them...

anon - who's that?

CROAK said...

I think what pets represent in a nation is the ability to learn and to pass on compassion to 'lesser' creatures. It is well documented that if children are brought up with pets and learn that they are dependent on humans then children learn the value of responsiblility and compassion.
Of course there are more important issues in SA ( such as the role and education of women) but I think this may be an indicator of a society that does not understand the value of empathy, concern, care and responsiblity for the 'other', be it animals, pets, environment, women or other cultures.

Just a few 'hunches' that came with this post.

Pete Bogs said...

croak - indeed, was it Abe Lincoln or Mark Twain that said you could measure a civilization by the way they treat their animals? dogs are really incredible animals, and the Saudis' view - both of them as dirty and as too Western - are just pure ignorance...