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Why having a pet dog is a complex issue in China [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2018-11-19 14:08:26 |Display all floors
(Global Times) The government of Hangzhou, in East China's Zhejiang Province has reinforced rules on raising pet dogs starting November and running through December. The rules will impose fines on individual dog owners up to 5,000 yuan ($720) if their dog injures someone, and dog walking is banned from 7 am to 7 pm.

But The New York Times accused some Chinese officials and others of "remaining hostile" against dogs and quoted an animal rights campaigner as saying that Hangzhou's campaign was "regressive," "lazy" and "inhumane." Some Western media also circulated videos of a Chinese law enforcement officer beating dogs, with the authenticity of the videos yet to be verified.

The Urban Management Bureau of Hangzhou published a statement Saturday, saying that the campaign focuses on punishing dog owners who fail to comply with the rules, not on punishing dogs. Hangzhou's campaign reflects China's local government is seeking a new way to regulate the uncivilized behavior among dog owners. Whether the new rules can be accepted needs to be tested by further practice. Regulating pet dog raising is a complicated issue in China.

There is nothing wrong with Western media attaching importance to animal rights. But these same media shouldn't neglect China's national conditions.

According to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, China was third in the world for dog ownership by the end of 2016, with a total of 27.4 million pet dogs, a figure which doesn't include unregistered or stray dogs. China has the second highest number of reported rabies cases in the world.

China is the world's most populous country, with some Chinese cities among the most densely populated worldwide. If Chinese families all raise dogs, simply cleaning up all the dog poop would be a heavy social burden, not to mention the risk of infectious disease or rabies. Raising dogs is a big issue that influences cities' environments and millions of residents' health.

Why are many international practices hard to carry out in China? It's all because of China's immense population. This is our basic national condition. Regulating dog ownership in cities shows the difficulty in China's city management and in the whole country's governance. No other country faces such great challenge in governance as China does.

If multiplied by China's population, any small issue will become a big problem in China. If a mayor of a foreign city were asked to regulate such "small things," on the scale of China, he or she would be at a loss. But in the 40 years of China's reform and opening-up, China started from these small things and eventually achieved large-scale urbanization. That's the dialectic to read China's development.





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Post time 2018-11-19 15:30:44 |Display all floors
The irresponsible dog owners definitely have to be punished, and stray dogs also have to be taken care of, but probably in different ways than what Hangzhou acted in.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2018-11-20 00:24:58 |Display all floors
There are irresponsible and selfish people everywhere nowadays, man or woman, young old, unbelievable!

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Post time 2018-11-20 08:52:23 |Display all floors
In China .. people follow the step of government no matter it's short-sighted or long for good ..
So it's kind of scary and vulnerable .when the government find that people react too far from their imagination.. that's the time to slow it down and usually many things are gone too far and cause damage to both people and enviroment and now dogs ..

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Post time 2018-11-20 09:59:13 |Display all floors
a very good article
Walter Chang from Shenyang, Liaoning Province, P.R. of China

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Post time 2018-11-20 15:53:34 |Display all floors
If a person truly love animals, he/she should not raise animals as pets because animals are not meant for homes but to live in the wild with nature. How do we know that cats and dogs like to be dressed as "cute little thing" and get cuddled and kissed? How do we know that they like to eat canned and processed food? How do we know that they like to be chained or sleep on the bed? Human beings have overcome nature to a certain extent and can live "comfortably" in an environment we have created for ourselves but we have also lost our natural sense with nature. We may have gotten used to the new environment but can the animals also do it?

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Post time 2018-11-20 18:31:30 |Display all floors
In China .. people follow the step of government no matter it's short-sighted or long for good ..
So it's kind of scary and vulnerable .when the government find that people react too far from their imagination.. that's the time to slow it down and usually many things are gone too far and cause damage to both people and enviroment and now dogs ..

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