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Payvand's top 20 News stories of 2011

My-Tehran-for-Sale--movie-poster-iWith millions of article impressions and thousands of articles on Payvand.com every year, here are the top 20 news stories most viewed, in case you missed any.

These viral articles are a reflection of what captured our attention the most in 2011.

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Petition to stop destroying stray dogs in Iran, and adopt Haiku from Iran

Haik- from-Iran-iDespite the teachings of Islam and the kindness that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) showed towards animals – including dogs, the Iranian government have imposed various bans and penalties on dog ownership and handling, and, more drastically, a large campaign has been underway to destroy all stray dogs.

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Go Animal-Free for Animal Freedom Day, July 23rd, 24th 2011

Animal-Freedom-day-2011Animal Freedom Day is engaging people from around the world, once again, in a gradual transformation to a healthier lifestyle. With the help of many celebrities and politicians, 19 year old Nadia Masoudi is about to change the world into a bountiful earth by using her method of one year, one day, and one life at a time.

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Iranian puppy, Fandogh looking for US permanent residency, help

Vafa-Anima-Shelter-Fandog-iHi, my name is Fandogh (Hazelnut in Farsi). I am from Tehran, Iran and have only been in US for a few weeks. A lovely family in Iran sponsored and paid for my trip to the US!

I’m trying hard to learn English and have already leaned “sit” and “down” (as in lay down) really well!  They tell me I’m really smart because I learn very quickly and I’m not quite 5 months old yet!

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Photos: Vafa Animal Shelter in Iran

vafa_shelter_pictures_63_20100408_1901111153-iFounded in 2004, the Vafa Animal Shelter is the first animal shelter in Iran, dedicated to providing help and shelter to injured and homeless animals in Iran. The Vafa shelter is a non-government charity organization relying solely on private donations and volunteers.

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