CAIRO — The Egyptian authorities recently enacted a law that effectively outlaws the ownership of specific dog breeds.
The new bill — "Regulation of the Possession of Dangerous Animals and Dogs" — was introduced May 29, sparking concerns among dog enthusiasts and animal rights advocates in the country.
The law provided a list of dog breeds deemed "dangerous" and unsuitable for ownership without thorough safety inspections, including the husky, German shepherd and Great Dane.
Owners of these breeds must either surrender their pets within a month or prepare for confiscatory raids. The law will allow ownership of only 10 breeds without inspection — the cocker spaniel, Labrador, poodle, Malinois, Pomeranian, Jack Russell terrier, white shepherd, Maltese dog and Samoyed — and imposes stringent regulations on breeds such as the pit bull, Rottweiler, German shepherd, boxer, husky, Caucasian shepherd and bull mastiff.