A report from today's Telegraph relates the unpleasant news that pro-Islamic municipal authorities in Turkey are engaged in a policy of hunting, torturing and killing hundreds of stray dogs.
I wrote last year:
I didn't see a single dog in over ten years of my sad life in Saudi Arabia. There, I only heard a dog once and it sounded like someone was beating the poor thing.
You have no idea how utterly repulsed Muslims feel when they see Westerners petting a dog on a TV show. To them, a dog is a filthy and dirty creature. They don't get how anyone could lower themselves to touch such a hideous thing. In my extended family in Pakistan, only one relative kept a dog. That dog would always be chained and kept outside for protection. More than once in Pakistan, I've seen a group of kids throw rocks at a hapless street dog and heard the terrible sounds of vicious pain.
Abuse of animals is a symptom of something far worse.