As picked up by the BBC, the governing body in Malaysia, where they practice Islam, has ruled that hot dogs cannot be named after dogs. Dogs are considered unclean animals, and are therefore inappropriate due to halal food guidelines. The director of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department was apparently quoted as saying that he believed the name “hot dogs” would cause confusion.
It’s a good thing that there’s nothing more important going on in Malaysia right now that they can spend the time and resources involved in evaluating whether or not food items will confuse their devout citizens. Priorities!