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Q & A: Animals of the "Axis"

U.S. containment policies toward Iran don’t just affect the regime

U.S. containment policies toward Iran don’t just affect the regime

Fatemeh Motamedi and Bernard Unti discuss the state of animal welfare in Iran. MICHELLE RILEY/THE HSUS
While there are communities in the United States in which animal care and control remains the lowest of local priorities, even the most isolated and underfunded American facility operates within a country where other animal shelters exist.

This is not the case with VAFA, the first animal shelter in all of Iran. Created by the Center for Animal Lovers, an advocacy group founded by Fatemeh Motamedi, the shelter became operational in 2002. It is located on a piece of land donated by Motamedi’s husband in a village about an hour from the capital city, Tehran. Two paid staff and a few dedicated volunteers care for thousands of stray dogs in a country where there is literally no other animal shelter—and where the concepts of giving money to support animal welfare, and controlling the stray population by a method other than shooting, are still new and strange.

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