Oz Muslim cab drivers refusing to carry blind, disabled passengers

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Melbourne, July 17 : Muslim taxi drivers in Australia are refusing to carry blind and disabled passengers with guide dogs - because their religion tells them the animals are "unclean".

A Courier Mail report revealed that Brisbane's Yellow Cab Company has been forced to sack some drivers over their conduct towards passengers with assistance dogs.

Now, the company has produced a booklet informing drivers of their duty towards blind and disabled customers with dogs.

Islamic Council of Queensland president Suliman Sabdia said dogs were considered a health risk for Muslims but "to use religion as a reason to refuse blind and disabled passengers is unjustified".

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