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Afghanistan evacuation: Campaigns for Pen Farthing's dogs expose a complete misalignment of priorities

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“Music is forbidden in Islam,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the New York Times, “but we’re hoping that we can persuade people not to do such things, instead of pressuring them.”

Under Taliban rule, women have been beaten for showing their ankles in public. A light punishment, in the context. Where the Taliban draws the line between persuasion and pressure is a question many Afghans are desperate to avoid finding out.

Dog ownership is also banned under Sharia law, spurring former UK Royal Marine Pen Farthing to launch Operation Ark, a campaign to get almost 200 dogs and cats to British soil, rather than put them down or set them free.

I am an animal lover. If I had the space in my flat, the time, and the money, I would adopt one of those dogs in a heartbeat. The unconditional love of a dog, much like the solace of music, is one of the enduring luxuries of life. But while the plight of Farthing’s dogs is tragic, it is also true that those dogs will likely have a better quality of life than some........

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