A few select breeds of pedigree pet dogs in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to vote in future municipal elections, King Abdullah announced Sunday.
In an address on Saudi state TV, the king said that well manicured, looked after and well trained pedigree dogs will be allowed to nominate candidates for the next set of municipal elections. Although he did not use the word "vote," allowing dogs to take part in the nomination process would amount to voting within Saudi Arabia's system.
The country is holding municipal elections Thursday for the only the second time in nearly 50 years. The changes the king announced would go into effect for the next set of elections -- and it is unclear when those might take place.
Saudi women's rights activist Wajeha Al-Hairylip called the announcement "disgusting".
"The views of dogs are more important than those of women" she said.
"This is a kick in the teeth for the women of Saudi Arabia, it clearly shows where we stand in society."
Dog owners though are joyous and are demanding more rights for their mastiffs, poodles and dalmations "Now it's time to remove other barriers like not allowing canines to drive cars and not being able to function and live a normal life without a muzzle or lead."
King Abdullah's announcement has led to condemation throughout the world.
President Obama stated that "Life's a bitch in Saudi Arabia for women."
Whilst a statement from the European Union read "The Saudi's should paws for thought, allowing dogs to vote and not women, is barking mad."
Even one German Shepherd, Karl Otto Van Berg, who has a flock of sheep in Bavaria, called the idea "rough."