Spanish police are investigating the poisoning deaths of more than a dozen dogs in Lerida, Spain. Local residents believe they are being killed by Muslims.
“All of the dogs were poisoned in September in Lérida's working class neighbourhoods of Cappont and La Bordeta, districts that are heavily populated by Muslim immigrants and where many dogs have been killed in recent years. Local residents say Muslim immigrants killed the dogs because according to Islamic teaching dogs are "unclean" animals.
Over the past several months, residents taking their dogs for walks have been harassed by Muslim immigrants opposed to seeing the animals in public. Muslims have also launched a number of anti-dog campaigns on Islamic websites and blogs based in Spain.
In response to the "lack of sufficient police to protect the neighbourhood," 50 local residents have established alternating six-person citizen patrols to escort people walking their dogs.
Muslims in Lérida say the presence of dogs violates their religious freedom and their right to live according to Islamic principles.”
This is a very interesting period in Spain when there are the beginnings of push back against Islam after years of apathy.
In Catalonia, the city of Lerida has banned the burqa in public and the city of Salt has banned new mosques for one year. I’ll be bringing you some firsthand coverage from Spain in the weeks ahead.