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.
Sadly, the police department responded with predictable political correctness to the attack on British values: Apology over 'offensive' puppy police advert after Muslim complaints (Daily Telegraph UK, July 1, 2008). At least there was some defense heard for the friends of furry tail-waggers.
Tayside Police have admitted they should have consulted their 'diversity' officers before issuing the cards, but critics argued their apology was unnecessary.In fact, the very first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was organized in England in 1824, primarly to protect carriage horses which were poorly treated at the time. So the English have historic credibility in animal welfare and certainly are fond of their dogs. They shouldn't put that fine tradition aside in order to appease hostile Muslims.
FYI, the Tayside Pollice Department has several smile-producing pages about its doggie contingent, including a puppy training diary of Rebel the black shepard with lots of cute pictures of him as he has grown up. Plus, there is a contact page for the dog section, so you can leave a comment about the current controversy if the spirit moves you...