Iran: Bloggers mobilize for animal rights

In the summer of 2007, police in Iran began arresting dogs. These were not stray dogs, but domesticated pets walking with their owners. While the dog arrests subsided after a couple of weeks, the mistreatment of animals in the Islamic Republic of Iran is still widespread.

Fortunately, a number of bloggers are supporting an initiative by Iran-based blogger Mino Saberi, to defend the rights of dogs, birds, cats, and other creatures of the Earth.

Mino Saberi addresses [fa] her post to Iranian National TV and its director Ezetollah Zarghami:

آقای ضرغامی من هم چون شما مسلمان‌زاده‌ام ..، خدا را می‌پرستم و به تمام مقدسین عالم احترام می‌گذارم و تمام مخلوقات خدا را دوست می‌دارم، مگر می‌شود خدا را پرستید وآن‌چه را که خلق کرده دوست نداشت؟!
آقای ضرغامی، شما رسالت سنگینی بردوش‌تان هست و گمان می‌کنم از بخشی از آن بی‌خبرید. ..
رسالت شما تنها این نیست که از مردم بی دفاع و مظلوم این کشور و آن کشور دفاع کنید، نگاهی به دور و برتان بیندازید، گاه نگاهی هم به برنامه‌های ساخته شده از همین تلویزیون که شما ریاست‌اش را بر عهده دارید بیندازید.
دشمنی با حیوانات بی‌آزار و مظلوم تا کی؟ آن‌هم از یک رسانه پرقدرت و پرمخاطب…ما، یعنی جمعی از وبلاگ نویسان خواهان این هستیم که رسانه‌ها خصوصا” تلویزیون در برنامه‌های خود بخشی هم به آموزش مهربانی با طبیعت، چه حیوانات و چه گیاهان بدهند.

“Mr.Zarghami, I like you, was born in a Muslim family and …I worship God and love all His creatures. Can we worship God and not like what He created?… Your responsibility is not only to defend oppressed people in this or that country. Take a look around yourself and the programs that are produced in your organization. How long should hostility against animals go on, especially in a strong media like yours… Talking about animal rights is not in contradiction to talking about oppressed people… We, a group of bloggers, want Iranian National TV to produce programs that teach kindness to nature, animals and the vegetable world.”

She also says that Muhammad, the Prophet taught kindness towards animals.

Sadaf-Farahani writes [fa] that the ill treatment of animals has its roots either in psychological problems or in a bad education.

Asalijon protests [fa] against the killing of stray dogs and their puppies. The blogger shares his/her experience with a stray dog named Magnolia and her seven puppies. The blogger says, one day this dog and its family was killed by bullets. Asaljoon asks if it is the right decision by Iranian authorities to kill these innocent creatures.

Bidari writes [fa]

متاسفانه اتفاقات ناهنجار و آزار و اذیت حیوانات در مملکت ما کم کم تبدیل به یک فرهنگ می شود . از خاموش کردن ته سیگار روی تن گربه ها گرفته ، تا بریدن گوش سگ های خیابانگرد و بی توجهی به پرندگانی که هرروز تعدادشان کمتر از قبل می شود.(کافی است نگاهی به اطرافتان بیندازید تا متوجه درستی این مطلب شوید)
در این تغییر فرهنگی و گرایش مردم به نادیده گرفتن حیوانات نمی توان از نقش رسانه ملی صرف نظر نمود ! رسانه ای که می تواند پیام آور صلح و دوستی و توجه به این موهبت های بی نظیر خداوند باشد، نه تنها حرکتی در جهت دوستی مردم با حیوانات ،که بخشی از این طبیعت هستند نمی کند ، بلکه بسیار در سریال ها و فیلم ها و سایر برنامه های تلویزیون می بینیم که آزار و اذیت حیوانات امری طبیعی و عادی جلوه داده می شود.

“The ill treatment of animals has become a part of our culture little by little, such as extinguishing cigarettes on cats’ bodies, cutting the ears off stray dogs, and caring less and less about the birds whose numbers decline. National television, instead of promoting friendship and kindness towards animals, broadcasts programs where the torturing and mistreatment of animals are shown as a normal act.”

No animals were harmed in the writing of this post. The dog pictured above is named “Lisa”.


  • I didn’t know that there were too many dogs in Iran. Last time I was there I noticed that stray cats were everywhere, but not too many dogs. I don’t suppose they have PETA in Iran :/

    Good blog, posted to

  • Doris Potter

    Bravo Mino Saberi! What you are doing is valuable and honourable. Compassion is always the right choice. I wish you every success.

  • Thanks for helping us to spread our words.

    to Wheel: We don’t have Peta in Iran,but we have SPCA(Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) but unfortunately the organization is not powerful enough and can not do much.

  • What a lovely dog ;)

    And kudos to Ms. Saberi!

  • loredana

    Bravo Mino! I imagine you have a hard time asking the respect of animal rights if even dogs are considered enemies! When I got the news I couldn’t believe it was true! I live in Italy, we never had news of such cruel and absurd behaviour. Thanks for sharing, it’s important to know and spread the news
    Go on Mino, we are with you

  • […] مبنی بر این‌که نه تنها صدای ما به گوششان رسیده بلکه با نوشتن مقاله‌ای در رسانه‌ی خبری‌شان فعالیت ما را پوشش داده‌اند و در پی ِ آن با ترجمه شدن آن […]

  • marjourey

    thank you for sharing this information.

  • Lee Hale

    Don’t have to go to Iran to witness the genocide of dogs, they’ve been
    doing it in Denver for seven years. A personal friend witnessed a dog
    forcibly taken from her owner in a Denver public park. The dog stood an
    excellent chance of being euthanized.San Antonio Lawyer

  • Jenna Major

    Have intimately known Persian famlies over decades, and what has happened to this country and these people since 1979 is a disgrace. Fanatic Iranian mullahs have brought this once beautiful culture to a low & inhumane place. Bankruptcy Attorney San Antonio

  • Karen Patrick

    Animal cruelty is everywhere. We can put a man on the moon and send probes out of the solar system but we still use animals in testing? There are plenty of ways to get the same results without using animals.

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