You can't make this up! Malaysia is banning hot dogs unless their name is changed.
According to Daily Mail, although hotdogs in the West are traditionally made of pork, in Malaysia they have have to be made of chicken in order to pass strict halal rules.
But now, Sirajuddin Suhaimee, director of the halal division of the Department of Islamic Development, says tourists from other Islamic countries are taking offense to the name and have taken then literally.
He said, “Any halal products that make consumers confused, we have to change.”
“In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification,” he added.
US pretzel chain Auntie Anne's, which has 45 outlets in Malaysia, says it wouldn't have an issue with renaming its pretzel dogs to avoid confusion.
Mail Online does say that the rise of increasingly zealous Islam is unpopular with Malaysia's sizeable Chinese minority.
One might say strict followers of Islam are barking up the wrong tree.