Isis imposes ban on pigeon breeders as sight of birds' genitals is against IslamWatch
ISIS also demands that locals report anybody who continues the practice of pigeon breeding to the ISIS religious police, known as Hisbah. According to the order, those violating the ban for the first time will be flogged and fined a substantial sum of money, while repeat offenders will be jailed in an ISIS prison. The terror group explains that the ban "is intended to put a stop to the greater criminal act of harming one's Muslim and Muslim women neighbors, revealing the [pigeon's] genitals and wasting time."
This ban is not the first time ISIS has targeted pigeon breeding. In January, ISIS militants arrested 15 boys and executed at least three of them in Iraq's eastern Diyala region as the boys "were wasting time rearing their birds instead of praying to Allah." The rest of the boys were fined US$1,800. Abu Abdullah, a farmer, told NBC News he had managed to get the money together after borrowing from family. Others had handed over jewellery to secure their sons' release.
Mr Abdullah revealed his son had been severely beaten and warned not to keep pigeons again. He said: "I asked them why and they said: 'He is not following the real Islam, he must be punished for being a pigeon breeder. This habit is taking him away from worshiping Allah.' I begged them again to know where are they taking him, what are they going to do to him. They said he is going to be taken to be judged according to the Islamic Sharia. They pushed me, and when my son tried to stop them from pushing me they beat him. Then they put him inside the car and left."
The militants also searched every house for the pigeons themselves, then took away all the birds they found and burned them. Pigeon breeding is a popular hobby in the Middle East but the Islamists frown upon it as they believe it to be a distraction from worshipping Allah.