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Muslims mad at picture of puppy?
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A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.


Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the Islamic community.

The choice of image on the Tayside Police cards - a black dog sitting in a police officer's hat - has now been raised with Chief Constable John Vine.

Tayside Police caused uproar in the Muslim community after they released this advertisement featuring police puppy Rebel sitting in a hat

The advert has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.

Dundee councillor Mohammed Asif said: 'My concern was that it's not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards.


'It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities.


'They (the police) should have understood. Since then, the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part, and that if they'd seen it was going to cause upset they wouldn't have done it.'


Councillor Asif, who is a member of the Tayside Joint Police Board, said that the force had a diversity adviser and was generally very aware of such issues.

He raised the matter with Mr Vine at a meeting of the board.


Tayside Police Chief Constable John Vine said the advert was not intended to cause any offence

The chief constable said he was unaware of the concerns and that the force had not sought to cause any upset but added he would look into the matter.


Councillor Asif said: 'People who have shops just won't put up the postcard. But the police have said to me that it was simply an oversight and they did not seek to offend or upset.'

Cards featuring police dog-in-training Rebel have been distributed to communities throughout the area to advertise the single number point of contact for non-emergency calls to the police.

Rebel has proved a popular recruit for Tayside Police after coming through the very first Lothian and Borders Police dog-breeding programme in February.


One of seven German Shepherd pups born in early December, he has now completed his course of inoculations, and is free to venture out onto the streets of Tayside.

A spokesman for Tayside Police said: 'Trainee police dog Rebel has proved extremely popular with children and adults since being introduced to the public, aged six weeks old, as Tayside Police's newest canine recruit.

'His incredible world-wide popularity - he has attracted record visitor numbers to our website - led us to believe Rebel could play a starring role in the promotion of our non-emergency number.

'We did not seek advice from the force's diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.'


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1030798/Muslim-outrage-police-advert-featuring-cute-puppy-sitting-policemans-hat.html

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It's just a dog..
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I've read somewhere that in Islam, dogs are considered dirty. XD
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No offense to anyone - but thats just stupid.

The more people who don't know that number - the more stupid calls are made to 911 - the more operators are taken - the more people die or are raped or burgled or whatever because there was NO ONE LEFT to take their call! Why? B/c not many people realize that there is another number you can call if its not an emergency! And this whole thing of the muslims refusing to advertise it - I can understand, but seriously, whats more important here?
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That's pretty lame to get upset for something that small.
I mean in the Joe's Crab Shack commercial they had the devil eating with a priest and I haven't heard anyone being upset with that.
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American Propagandic isotopes smoldering in society.Bahh BS.
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If people weren't ignorant, they'd think that it was a stupid mistake that the police force had made with lack of cultural knowledge rather than having an uproar. If there was a poster of another culture doing something that isn't politically correct here, I wouldn't sht my pants over it. I'd think that they failed to foresee the cultural differences and made a silly mistake and laugh it off. Way for the masses of idiots to take things seriously to the next level again to cause more animosity between cultures.
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I think they should just re-call the cards and print something else onto it. A public apology and a set of new cards is all that's needed, maybe they could just put the police helmet there or something.
Posted 7/3/08
aww the puppy look like a stuffed puppy though..haha
anyway. wth this is so stupid.. O_O its just a picture..
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Unbelivable
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its stupid, if the muslims dont lik it then they can go back to the middle east. just because they live in britain doesnt give them the right to piss on police buisness. if they want a say in waht goes on they can go into parliment or join the police force, the fuck-wits. and whats wrong with the puppy in the hat, its adorable!
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