Senior clerics for the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) have banned pigeon breeding, making it punishable by public flogging, because the sight of pigeons’ genitals as they fly overhead is offensive to Islam, the UK Daily Mail reports.
Although the punishment for breeding pigeons is a public flogging, fines, or imprisonment, three of 15 boys who were arrested earlier this year for the practice were actually executed, because ISIS fighters believed their hobby kept from worshipping Allah.
“All those who keep pigeons above the roofs of their houses must stop doing this entirely within a week of the date of the issuing of this statement,” ISIS said in an official document. “Whosoever violates it will be subject to consequences of reprimand including a financial fine, imprisonment and flogging.”
When rumors of the ban began circulate, it was assumed at first that it was because the birds would be used to smuggle anti-ISIS messages or cigarettes, but the new document states that the ban is intended “to put a stop to the greater criminal act of harming one’s Muslim and Muslim women neighbours, revealing the [pigeon’s] genitals and wasting time.”
H/T UK Daily Mail