Well well another ludicrous example of just how far the British government and/or police will stoop in order to pander to muslims. This latest show of dhimmitude was most likely prompted by muslims declaring that airport police "sniffer" dogs are unclean and demanding that the dogs must not touch the robes of muslims - as described in a recent TheO post "Muslims Offended by Sniffer Dogs". - as well as the even more absurd muslim outrage over a police placard advertising a new non-emergency phone number - muslims were angry that an adorable German Shepherd puppy, a police dog in training, was pictured - the police response was an instant "dhimmi-apology"-of course. (TheO post explains all in Another Case of the Tail Wagging the Dog)
Now looks like the police have at least a semi-solution in their quest to appease muslim dog outrage. Police dogs are now being fitted with booties so those muslim perceived "unclean" police dogs will not leave dog footprints and scent when used to check for bombs, etc in mosques and muslim homes.
Get that?? Dogs checking for BOMBS (one would believe that there has to be at least a suspicion that bombs are present) - and our police's top concern is all about appeasing muslims. To think that highly trained dogs, risking their lives to save people from being blown apart are "offensive" -as muslims do - is an insult to not only these hardworking animals but also against the majority of British people who reside in the most "dog friendly" country in the world - or at least it USED to be before muslim "offense" and appeasement became top priority.
Oh - by the way- looks like muslims, as with so many other "offenses", also pick and choose on the dog issue --- predominately muslim Egypt uses police sniffer dogs at their Cairo airport (presumably without booties) - recently one of these dogs sniffed out snakes and reptiles being illegally smuggled out of the country by--guess who. Read story here.
BY STUART MacDonald
Police sniffer dogs will have to wear bootees when searching the homes of Muslims so as not to cause offence.
Guidelines being drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) urge awareness of religious sensitivities when using dogs to search for drugs and explosives. The guidelines, to be published this year, were designed to cover mosques but have been extended to include other buildings.
Where Muslims object, officers will be obliged to use sniffer dogs only in exceptional cases. Where dogs are used, they will have to wear bootees with rubber soles. “We are trying to ensure that police forces are aware of sensitivities that people can have with the dogs to make sure they are not going against any religious or cultural element within people’s homes. It is being addressed and forces are working towards doing it,” Acpo said.
Problems faced by the use of sniffer dogs were highlighted last week when Tayside police were forced to apologise for a crime prevention poster featuring a german shepherd puppy, in response to a complaint by a Muslim councillor.
Islamic injunctions warn Muslims against contact with dogs, which are regarded as “unclean”.
Police dogs at present are issued with footwear only at scenes of explosions to prevent them injuring their paws on broken glass.
Ibrahim Mogra, one of Britain’s leading imams, said the measures were unnecessary: “In Islamic law the dog is not regarded as impure, only its saliva is. Most Islamic schools of law agree on that. If security measures require to send a dog into a house, then it has to be done. I think Acpo needs to consult better and more widely.
“I know in the Muslim community there is a hang-up against dogs, but this is cultural. Also, we know the British like dogs; we Muslims should do our bit to change our attitudes.”
John Midgley, co-founder of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, said: “The police are in effect being overly sensitive to potential criminals and not being sensitive enough to the public at large who need to be protected. These sort of things have a counter-productive effect because they cause huge friction between different communities.”
Caroline Kisko, of the Kennel Club, said: “We would not condone any attempt to make search dogs wear special clothing, which could cause them distress.”