There are a few countries that have banned the Afghan Hound. Although there is no direct cause or reasoning behind the ban, it leaves one with various assumptions or conclusions.
The Afghan Hound is a breed that has a sweet personality and no inherent or genetic factors that pinpoints an aggressive nature.
Countries Banning Afghan Hounds
There are only two countries that ban this breed. Qatar is the first one with Beijing, the capital of China being the other. China does not ban this dog anywhere else except in Beijing.
Are you scratching your head yet trying to make sense of this?
President Trump doesn’t help in the matter with his comment about Afghan Hounds back in February 2018. He asked the Westminster Kennel Club to ban Afghan Hounds from their annual dog show. “They’re foreign, this is America,” states Trump.
Widespread Antipathy Towards Dogs in some Countries
While unsure why Beijing bans the Afghan Hound, it is a bit more clear why Qatar does.
Most Middle Easterners are generally unfriendly towards dogs because of their belief system. To come in contact or touch a dog is forbidden. The Quran prohibits dogs being allowed in one’s house. However, hadith teaches that dogs are impure warning Muslims to have no contact with dogs.
Sadly, some justify being abusive to dogs because of these teachings.
During the month of Ramadaan, it has been reported that many Muslims take their dogs to animal hospitals to have them euthanized. When asked why they do this, they say it is because it is Ramadaan and their religion forbids them to have a dog.
Afghan Hounds – Afghanistan
If we look at the country where the Afghan Hound originated from, we can see the same insolent treatment of dogs. The Afghan culture refuses to touch dogs because of the belief they are unclean.
Dogs all over Afghanistan fight to survive as they are forced to scavenge for food. These dogs live in sewers and on the streets. Two such dogs were found and adopted by a loving woman from London. These two dogs started their lives atop a mound of garbage in Kabul. Both were rescued by two men that were from other countries. One was a journalist on assignment, and the other was a German diplomat.
Both were friends of the woman (who lives in London) that adopted them.
The Clash of Cultural Beliefs and Values
We question whether the hadith teaching is going to influence our own dog culture here in America. The Islamic belief system is evidently incompatible with Western values when it comes to owning dogs.
In Minneapolis, a Somali cab driver made national news headlines from his refusal to allow a blind man and his guide dog into his cab. This was because of his Muslim faith.
Egypt was once a dog-loving country, however, with the influx of Muslims things have changed.
In the Netherlands, a ban was called for in Hague from a Muslim politician.
Not All are Dog Lovers
Are the Muslims encroaching on dog lovers worldwide? The debate continues as change is happening all over the world with the rights of dogs and dog owners.
The diversity that makes up the various cultures throughout the world are to be respected. We all have a right to follow our belief system. However, when animal cruelty or disrespect towards animals is happening, it raises concern.
Man and animals should live harmoniously together.
Let’s consider ourselves fortunate that we live in a country that defends our four-legged companions!