Pets have international appeal!

Via the L.A. Times, "Despite theologians' disapproval, more Iranians are discovering the joy of pets."

My reading of the article suggests that 'disapproval' might be a bit too strong a term, but I am always interested to learn how pets are regarded in other countries, cultures, etc. I think Iran has had kind of a strained relationship with pets, historically, so this is pretty cool to see.