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Animal-Rights Activists In Shiraz Protest Apparent Stray-Dog Killings

Animal rights activists in Shiraz protesting the purported dog culling.
Animal rights activists in Shiraz protesting the purported dog culling.
By Hooman Askary

A group of animal-rights activists protested on April 17 in the city of Shiraz, the capital of Iran's Fars Province, against animal cruelty and abuse of stray dogs.

The rare protest, in front of the building of the provincial department of environmental protection, was organized after a disturbing video emerged on social media showing four men giving stray dogs what appeared to be lethal injections.

Some activists inside Iran claimed the injections contained "acid." Many users on social media expressed outrage over what they described as excruciating whines and cries the dogs made in the moments before their graphic deaths.

The men claimed they were getting paid for killing stray dogs. Less than $5 for each dead dog, they said.

A photo shared on social media of the apparent application of lethal injections to stray dogs.A photo shared on social media of the apparent application of lethal injections to stray dogs.
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A photo shared on social media of the apparent application of lethal injections to stray dogs.
A photo shared on social media of the apparent application of lethal injections to stray dogs.

Activists claimed the men were working for Shiraz city contractors.

According to state news agency IRNA, the protesters demanded punishment for the dog killers. Some of them reportedly said stray dogs should be killed painlessly and under the supervision of veterinarians, while other called for the creation of shelters for such dogs.

In photos of the protests, activists are seen holding signs against animal cruelty.

“Teaching of religion: compassion toward animals," one sign reads.

Another activist is seen holding a hand-written sign that reads: "Animals are God's creatures like us, lest we take the lives of God's creatures."

In one of the most-circulated photos, half a dozen young girls are holding a slogan adorned with small paw prints: "Be the voice of the voiceless."

A number of Iranian celebrities also protested in cyberspace. They shared messages on Facebook and Twitter -- both filtered by Iranian authorities -- and the partly filtered sharing site Instagram.

On his official Facebook page, cinema star Bahram Radan voices anger at the killing of dogs. Addressing the alleged dog killers, Radan wrote sardonically: "Do not pay attention to their whines and yelps, inject the poison proudly into their spines, my friend! Teach your child to tell his friends about his father's job at school, that his dad kills dogs for a living; he kills dogs with acid. But only know that although you created abominating moments with that horrendous clip for us all, we have no complaints. For my God is the same as yours and those dogs' you killed. We ask of Him to judge you Himself."

Hosein-Ali Ebrahimi-Karnami, head of Fars Province Department of Environmental Protection, promised an investigation into the footage. At the same time, Qasem Akbari, a district mayor in the city of Shiraz, denied any involvement by the municipality in the process.

It appears that the protests are far from over, and activists were already asking for another gathering on April 18, this time in front of Shiraz's administrative offices.

In another recent case of apparent dog abuse, a clip of a man dragging a dead dog behind his car led to protests among Iranian netizens. Some reports suggested that the man in that case was arrested.

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by: Jakab ioana from: roumania
April 22, 2015 12:01
It is so easy to kill inocent and defenceles animal and is shame to be paid for kill!!!there are tousends of criminals in the world who kill people and children why nobody pay to be killed?because theo are "human" and not a poor dog who do nothing wrong only just try to exist!?

by: N Patricia Cotton from: US
April 22, 2015 22:25
Thank you caring humans, animals haveno voice but yours.

by: Fiona Ho from: Singapore
April 23, 2015 10:48
Thank you for being impartial although you are a Muslim dominant country and your faith forbids the domestication of dogs. God has planted a loving heart in each of everyone of those who protested and are angry over this sick brutality.

DOGS are animals and Mens best friend. GOD CREATED them tor a purpose and the purpose is to teach human beings to be generous faithful and kind to animals.

Ghandi said before, "the prosperity of nation, can be judged by the way it's people treat it's animals!"
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by: maly from: germany
May 11, 2015 10:35
Thank you, Fiona Ho, for your comment!
Features my point of view and with you and all the others here I do hope for justice and change and meanwhile the courage of the brave animal activists in Iran.

by: judy from: USA
April 24, 2015 22:28
Thank you with all my heart to the protesters who are doing something to stop what appears to be careless ignorant cruelty by people who are unqualified and underpaid, you get what you pay for. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the Iranian authorities and thank you to the authorities for starting an investigation into this disturbing video. Actions like this can stop terrible things.
Thank you to whoever published this informative article. I saw the video posted on Facebook with a very bigoted title which changed the meaning of the video from attention to the plight of the dogs to focusing on ignorant unequally inhumane "discussions" of the video where the problem of how to help these dogs was lost in ignorant hatred.
To all compassionate humane people, thank you and keep up your good work.
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by: maly from: germany
May 11, 2015 10:32
I thank you, judy, for your post that really could have been mine.
So because it turns out like that this short thankful message are the only words I can add ...

by: rebecca ferratti from: Los Angeles
April 26, 2015 20:32
THIS ISI SO CRUEL INHUMANE AND WHANT IS iRAN DOING FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS NOTHING THIS IS 2015, WE ARE NOT TO LIVE IN OLD TIMES BUT ADVANCE TIMES OF LOVE, GIVING, COMPASSION AND WE ARE TO LEARN FROM OUR EVIL PAST.THANK YOU TO ALL PROTESTORS WHO ARE HEROS THERE IN IRAN to save these wonderful loving animals.What cave man is alive today to do this to innocent animals. Man is so evil.
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by: jonna sørensen from: aalborg
April 30, 2015 13:12
When they are evil to their own people, it dont surprice they torture the animals to. SHAME ON THIS HELLHOLE.

by: anna mantzavinou from: qatar
April 30, 2015 16:51
You are the disgrace of humanity! You must extinct from the face of earth! !!👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹

by: Kym Cox from: australia
May 02, 2015 17:34
my beautiful pet dog is more of a human than the men that are injecting this substance into the dogs. These men -no these lowest of animals should be injected. The bloody muslin faith forbids everything that is loving, good and pure. You are the dirtiest filthiest cruel excuse for a human I have ever come across and I hope the Lord my God strikes you down in disgust!

by: Phyllisbotti@gmail.com from: Los Angeles
May 02, 2015 23:22
What is wrong with these heartless, souless monsters?

by: Terri Vitale from: Michigan
May 03, 2015 16:07
PLEASE BAN TOGETHER TO FORM A UNITED BOND AND SHOW THEM THESE ACTIONS WILL STOP FOR THE CRUELTY IS UNJUST AND THERE SHOULD BE LAWS IN PLACE TO PROSECUTE THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE KILLING THESE DOGS. STAND TOGETHER!

by: glenn from: uk
May 07, 2015 17:26
Sad to say this inhuman way to put these dogs to death. Is a discusting way to do this. What sort of law or religion says it is OK to do this. Sick mindless people with no feelings or scruples. That you can sleep at night knowing the pain and suffering another sentinal being through.
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