Start A Petition

Muslims Outraged at Police Advert Featuring Cute Puppy Sitting in Policeman's Hat

Offbeat  (tags: Islam, Muslims, Scotland, puppy, animals, pets, photos, pictures, police, society )

- 1857 days ago -
A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims. Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Mike H (252)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 1:38 pm
Muslims seem to be outraged by everything. What a bunch of wimps.

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 1:38 pm
A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.

Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the Islamic community.

The choice of image on the Tayside Police cards - a black dog sitting in a police officer's hat - has now been raised with Chief Constable John Vine.

The advert has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.

Dundee councillor Mohammed Asif said: 'My concern was that it's not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards.

'It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities.

'They (the police) should have understood. Since then, the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part, and that if they'd seen it was going to cause upset they wouldn't have done it.'

Councillor Asif, who is a member of the Tayside Joint Police Board, said that the force had a diversity adviser and was generally very aware of such issues.

He raised the matter with Mr Vine at a meeting of the board.

Tayside Police Chief Constable John Vine said the advert was not intended to cause any offence

The chief constable said he was unaware of the concerns and that the force had not sought to cause any upset but added he would look into the matter.

Councillor Asif said: 'People who have shops just won't put up the postcard. But the police have said to me that it was simply an oversight and they did not seek to offend or upset.'

Cards featuring police dog-in-training Rebel have been distributed to communities throughout the area to advertise the single number point of contact for non-emergency calls to the police.

Rebel has proved a popular recruit for Tayside Police after coming through the very first Lothian and Borders Police dog-breeding programme in February.

One of seven German Shepherd pups born in early December, he has now completed his course of inoculations, and is free to venture out onto the streets of Tayside.

A spokesman for Tayside Police said: 'Trainee police dog Rebel has proved extremely popular with children and adults since being introduced to the public, aged six weeks old, as Tayside Police's newest canine recruit.

'His incredible world-wide popularity - he has attracted record visitor numbers to our website - led us to believe Rebel could play a starring role in the promotion of our non-emergency number.

'We did not seek advice from the force's diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.'

Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 2:39 pm
It's a dog, and it's black. All dogs are cosidered to be 'unclean' in Islam, and black dogs are considered to be devils. Nothing is too petty or ridiculous to complain about according to some Muslims who appear live to have something to be 'outraged' about. Any excuse for a riot or demonstrating with vile placards calling for beheading people for being gay or insulting their prophet. Anyone else would be labeled a hooligan and arrested for inciting murder, but not Muslims who are allowed to do whatever they please.

Stan B (123)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 2:47 pm
Just goes to show yet again what a bunch of fruit loops they are. Perhaps we should replace the puppy with a pig.

. (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 3:58 pm
Again, if Tayside backs down on this, where will it end? They voice of the Muslim community is not the presiding one.

pam w (139)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 5:20 pm
HAH! Stan....that was my immediate thought.....


Islam...the cult of perpetual OFFENSE.

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 7:29 pm
Send one out with a black puppy, let them complain, then send one out with a piglet. If they continue, send one out with a pic of Muhammad. Then forget about the non-emergency number because the emergency number would be ringing off the hook as the Muslims once again would prove how "peaceful" Islam is by rioting, destroying property, maiming and murdering.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 2:12 am
I can't believe the Tayside police actually apologised for this ad. England is going down the pan at a rate of knots.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 2:50 am
You bloody infidels!! How could you?? Offend the very people who are invading your country and living off your sweat and blood!! How could such an oversight occur?

Tommy S (11)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 4:46 am
It must be awful for muslims having to look at a small creature that sends out a message that alla himself is incapable of---- LOVE

Billie C (2)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 8:12 pm
they should keep the puppy and get rid of the muslims. there is nothing that doesn't insult muslims unless it's killing and raping little girls. muslims should be removed from all western countries and locked away to rot in their own hell holes.

Anne S (14)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 8:27 pm
Why do muslims expect everyone in the world to conform to their beliefs? They are always outraged and insulted by everything. Why should everyone else have to be sensitive to them when they are totally intolerant and insensitive to the rest of society and their beliefs? Keep the puppy!!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 8:42 pm
Good f^%$#g GRIEF! I am offended that they are offended! They are in Scotland FFS! When are they NOT outraged??? I too, am surprised that the police apologized! If they can't live and let live, then let them GET OUT!

Carol D (346)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 8:49 pm
I can't add anything that everyone else has added! No wonder Muslims are taking over the world when wimps apologize to them consistently!! Unbelievable!!!

Patricia McCaskill (139)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 8:57 pm
whoa....yep the upset over the pup is silly at the very least...but a lot of hatred toward Muslims here. You are lumping the whole Muslim community under one stereotype. problem with the world now days...too easily led to anger....come on ppl this is not the care2 I used to love.

Patricia McCaskill (139)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 9:01 pm
the more diverse the world gets the more we will have to pay attention to others sensitivities....i hear/read ppl on here getting upset over not having Xian displays where they want them in public places....screaming over not being able to push their religion....btw can i have that puppy? :)

Mary T (358)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 9:06 pm
I love the ad, the puppy is so cute!!! maybe everyone should get rid of the religions and just live their lives as good citizens of this planet

James Howie (168)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 9:12 pm
I am Scottish, I love the ad and I think it should stay. We bow to their demands on almost everything due to government fear and its not on, I do NOT care what they think, their ignorance and lack of education is their problem not mine and not my countries and it sure as hell is not the dogs problems, so they can live with it or SHUT UP.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 9:29 pm
I agree with James Howie ! He IS Scottish and lives in Scotland, and I know him to be a peaceful person. This is not a political debate. It's simply a PUPPY ON A HAT! And if a muslim had a problem that needed addressing, don't you think they would call the police? It IS a lack of education (also known as ignorance) ! I am so tired of my own country having to change how we say Merry Christmas, Happy Easter, etc. Like I said before, live and let live or GET OUT!

Loretta E (48)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 9:40 pm

Louise D (44)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 10:00 pm
Must be a quiet day in the Daily Mail office, the story is from 2008, they tend to like to recycle stories.

Caroline S (78)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 11:12 pm
Offended by ....a puppy on a hat ??????? It could be's not funny......... ;-(((

P.S.: Very cute puppy

Leslene Dunn (84)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 11:21 pm
Retards this lot of them! Perhaps they should have put a pig in the hat instead! That would really have got their backs up!!!! It's laughable really, they are such a bunch of bloody hypocrites!

James Tait (8)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 1:05 am
This is great Britain,not a Muslim country, People who come here should obey our laws, learn and accept our culture or go back to where they came from. It worries me that Muslims are being elected on to councils are trying to influence the way the local community live. If they object to dogs, what next?. Extermination of all dogs,plus pigs and everything else they consider unclean? Christians next of course Why on earth are we allowing this to happen? The Scottish police apologising for an advert? Unbelievable !!

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 1:15 am
I see the Daily Mail Newspaper, which published the article, is no longer taking comments. Why not??? Also, any previous comments have been deleted. Britain does still have the right of free speech. What is going on?!

Beth S (330)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 1:31 am
Was reading tonight that the Saudis and Muslims believe that Jinns (Genies) are shape shifters who change back and forth between Christians and Jews and dogs.

There you have it. Dogs = Christians and Jews, according to Islam.

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 2:25 am
@James You're living in a fantasy world.. They've already taken over your country.. Sad, but true.

Ke Za (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 2:39 am
It's not the Muslim community you should be attacking, it should be the ones who push multiculturalism and immigration on the community.

The Muslims or any immigrants who go to another country should adapt to the culture that existed there before they moved there otherwise they should not have immigrated in the first place or they should leave. Instead of being offended, they should move back to their country or to another country whose culture suits them.

The Scottish culture existed before the Muslims or other immigrants arrived. The ones who lived there before the immigrants should not have to change their ways to accommodate the immigrants.

This is what happens when you make political correctness the law. You lose your rights and you lose your culture.

ilja c (48)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 2:40 am
Nonsence. Nice advertise.

Sam E M (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 2:54 am
It's a very bad photo of the puppy, they could have used a cuter one, but I don't see the necessity of having a puppy pictured on the police card anyway.
As for Muslims protesting, it's probably only a minority, but we all know how the media love to exagerate stories in order to attract more readers, listeners, viewers... not caring that whole communities will be blamed for the words/actions of a few, as Patricia M. pointed out.
We all have to learn to live together sooner or later, so it might as well be sooner. Communities need to intermingle in order to understand one another better. Everybody needs to make an effort and not be afraid to make the first move.

Gloria p (304)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 3:37 am
Some Muslims need to learn about other cultures and tolerance.

Emma S (239)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 3:40 am
Kudos and green stars to Patricia and Sam. If we at Care2 spent the same amount of energy as we expend on, say, pitbulls on trying to get on with one another, I believe we'd start eliminating the sort of hatred and cruelty all of us here so abhor.

Elsa Boet (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 4:14 am
mama mia what a nonsens

Gillian M (218)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 4:26 am
The British are notoious animal lovers and anyone coming into this country should be aware of it. I understand that people may not like dogs, but they are a fact of life in the West. I get extremely annoyed over the service dogs where Muslim taxi drivers refuse to take a blind person as a passenger or a bus driver refuses to allow him/her on the bus.

In Australia, a Muslim became extremely annoyed as the police followed the train of a missing 7 year old girl across his property. The police there say that they will respect religions etc unless or until they interfere with police procedure. MORE HERE PLEASE

Lynn D (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 5:16 am
Too bad for them, if they don't like it ---- DON'T LOOK AT IT!!!! I thought it was an adorable ad and applaud the people that sponsored it! Thanks for sharing with us!

. (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 5:37 am
They need to chill out and stop getting offended over every little thing.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 6:01 am
What's wrong with having a doggy? It's a symbol of loyalty and bravery.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 6:13 am
If everything about our culture in the UK is so offensive to muslims, why do they choose to settle in this country?! It couldn't possibly be because of our ridiculously generous benefits/welfare system, could it?

John J (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 10:28 pm
The Quran does not have a single verse encouraging love towards those outside of Islam. But there are 493 passages that either endorse violence or talk about the hatred of Allah for the infidels, meaning all non-Muslims. The Quran is a book mainly concerned with how Muslims are to think and act towards those outside of Islam; that is, either kill them or force them to live as second-class citizens and pay taxes (Jizya). More than half the contents of the Quran are texts despising or inciting against non-Muslims. This is what turns Islam into a religion of hate and violence, for which history carries much evidence.
read it all

Jay S (116)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:38 pm
Last Christmas in a town in Denmark that is now majority Muslim the majority Muslims on the town council refused to have the traditional Christmas tree and lights that this town has had for centuries, but they spent thousands on celebrating the barbaric Eid al Adha when Muslims are supposed to slit the throats of animals in a paganesque pagan blood bath to 'honor' their deity.

Here in Spain there are towns with large Muslim populations (they say they are reconquering Spain for Islam) where dogs are being poisoned and people walking their dogs are being attacked. The Muslims are demanding that dogs be outlawed as they 'offend' them.

In Nimes, France the Muslim immigrants that have moved into the neighborhood surrounding the ancient Basilica there are offended by the annual procession around the outside of the church in honor of Mary and now that procession must have police protection from the intolerant Muslims who attack it. But these same Muslims, who have no hesitation in offending the French and show no respect for French or Christian culture and values, block off the streets around the Basilica to pray 5 times a day. It is illegal but the police fear violence if they try to stop it. This is the Muslim Ace card - offend them and you get threats and violence.

“Allah’s Apostle(Mohammed) said...’I have been made victorious with terror’” Bukhari 52:220


Carola May (20)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:49 pm
Those of you who know nothing about what Islam teaches (I've read all its unholy scriptures and studied this cult for 5 years), though the daily terror and violence committed by Orthodox true believing Muslims around the world should be evidence enough, naively believe that all religion teaches love your neighbor and do no violence. Islam teaches the opposite. It is the only religion that does NOT teach the Golden Rule, except for fellow Muslims, and the only one that commands the killing of those who criticise, question or leave it (along with a lot of others).

Of course there are intelligent, educated Muslims who were born into it and try to only pick out the less hateful teachings (which were abrogated/cancelled by the later 'revelations' to Mohammed) and who do try to be good people, but they fear to speak out knowing what could happen to them if they do. And there are many Muslims who have fled to the West hoping to find freedom and escape Islam's oppression, often only to find they are still in fear for their lives if they openly renounce Islam or convert to another religion. BUT these hate mongers who demand special rights and don't respect our cultures or values are NOT 'radicals' or 'extremists', they are Orthodox Muslims following Mohammed's sick commands to the letter.

It's time you all read the Qur'an, hadith (Mohammed's sayings and debauched, murderous actions unashamedly proclaimed) and sirah, and quit living in La-La-Land believing that if we just appease these primitives enough they will become civilised and nice. They only then see how weak you are and hate you even more.

Until you know what Islam really teaches you place us all in greater danger. Ignorance may be bliss, but it is very dangerous.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 11:12 pm
IMO the Media needs to stop feeding Islam. Ignore their trite and petty outrages. Perhaps they will go away - ahh well one can but hope.
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Offbeat

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.