Saudi sheikh bans people from taking pictures with cats - deeming it 'too Western' The sheikh claimed that being pictured next to cats, dogs or other animals isn't allowed in the ultra conservative Islamic state Getty Taking pictures with your pet is banned in Saudi Arabia A Saudi cleric has banned people from taking pictures posing with cats , claiming it is "too Western" to do so. Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan made the comments on a TV broadcast. He claimed that being pictured next to cats, dogs or other animals isn't allowed in the ultra conservative Islamic country. According to the Sheikh, the ban is in place to stop people from taking part in the "trend to be more Western". Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, said in the broadcast that he was told about “a new trend of taking pictures with cats has been spreading among people who want to be like Westerners", reports Newsweek. Getty People shouldn't take pictures posing with cats, the sheikh said Read more: Saudi Arabia 'pushes for homosexuals to be executed' amid fears social media is 'turning people gay' He replied: “What?! What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here.” The sheikh added: “Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity. Not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.” Reuters Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Also banned in the state is chess, which was outlawed in January as it "encourages gambling". Pokemon are banned because according to clerics, they promote other religions as the Star of David is printed on the cards. Camera phones, socialising with other genders and female drivers are also banned.