A man walks his dog along the autumn colored ginkgo tree-lined avenue on a cool day at Showa Memorial Park in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Dog lovers in Iran could face up to 74 lashes under plans by hardline lawmakers that would ban keeping the pets at home or walking them in public.A draft bill, signed by 32 members of the country's conservative-dominated parliament, would also authorise heavy fines for offenders, the reformist Shargh newspaper reported.Dogs are regarded as unclean under Islamic custom and they are not common in Iran, although some families do keep them behind closed doors and, especially in more affluent areas, walk them outside.Iran's morality police, who deploy in public places, have previously stopped dog walkers and either cautioned them or confiscated the animals.
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