A prominent Saudi cleric has banned people from taking pictures posing with cats , claiming it is “too Western” to do so.
Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan made the comments on a TV broadcast.He claimed that being pictured next to cats, dogs or other animals isn’t allowed in the ultra conservative Islamic country.
According to the Sheikh, the ban is in place to stop people from taking part in the “trend to be more Western”.
Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, said in the broadcast that he was told about “a new trend of taking pictures with cats has been spreading among people who want to be like Westerners”, reports Newsweek.
He replied: “What?! What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here.“Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity. Not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.