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Reductio Ad Absurdum in Riyadh

By on 7.31.08 | 3:44PM

Saudi Arabia's official thought police appear to be getting into a new business: animal control. The Agence France Presse reports that Saudi Arabia's feared Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has formally banned the sale of cats and dogs in the Kingdom's capital, as well as prohibiting existing owners from taking their pets out for exercise in public places. The reason? Saudi men use them "to make passes on women and disturb families," a Commission official has told the Al-Hayat newspaper.

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