Ali Tabarzadi

Ali Tabarzadi, an Iranian political and animal rights activist, was arrested the Islamic Republic authorities at his home and reports indicate that several of his personal belongings including computers and electronic equipment were confiscated.

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that according to an informed source, Tabarzadi had been organizing a protest against a move by some MPs to ban keeping of pets.

Reports indicate that 32 MPs presented the bill a month ago claiming the animals are detrimental to "Islamic culture and the health and peace of the public."

The bill proposed a fine of 10 million toumans and 74 lashes as punishment for keeping or selling dogs.

Ali Tabarzadi has reportedly set up a Facebook page to protest the proposed bill, and recent postings on that page have condemned his arrest.

Ali Tabarzadi's father, Heshmatollah Tabarzadi is a prominent political activist and government critic who has been arrested on several occasions for his activism and is currently serving a nine year sentence in Karaj's Rejai Shahr Prison.