If you like having pet dogs, do not move to Beijing, China. Apparently the over-populated city sees it as OK to ban dog breeds and kill those owned by people at the time of the new restrictions. The former Olympic city recently adapted a ‘Large and Vicious’ pet ownership law to now include 41 additional breeds of pet pooches that can’t kept inside city limits.
Is there any exception to the law?
Yes, there is a way to get around the law. According to OpposingViews.com, citizens can pay $160 for a pet license that will officially deem them fit for owning these so-called large and vicious breeds.
The types of dogs on this list though, this is even more shocking than the idea of a $160 fee. While the Pit Bull, Akita, Argentine Dogo, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Giant Schnauzer, and German Shepards might be breeds you expect, there’s dogs that are completely social and non-aggressive on it too. Owners of Golden Retrievers, Dalmations, Labrador Retrieverss, Collies, Old English Sheepdogs, and Standard Poodles can too face a fine, seizure, and death sentence for owning any of these friendly canines.
The fine for being caught with one of these large dogs and no license is massive. The offender must pay $800 and once caught, the dog is taken away and will not be returned. The city Beijing will have the dog killed. Anything over 14 inches tall is automatically in violation, listed or not.
The “Large and Vicious dog ban” has been in effect since 1994 but not enforced until recently. Rabies attacks over doubled in 2012 inside city limits, leading officials to become more concerned with a massive outbreak. The city attributes the outbreak to people wanting more companion dogs, while public vaccination options might be more effective and affordable for citizens. A low 10-20% of the, over 1 million dogs in Beijing, have rabies shots which is very bad in comparison to somewhere like the U.S., putting many pets at risk.
The city is taking this matter very seriously. Police raids on homes with banned canines and the taking of people’s dogs in public are going on daily. A video of a city officer taking an older man’s pet recently went viral, giving live insight to what exactly is going on in Beijing recently went viral on the web, causing major controversy (view beneath news).
Many pet owners are now hiding and trying to escape police with their pets. Not giving up their 4-legged family member up to a death sentence, these dog keepers are choosing a life of crime over giving in to the ban.
Other dogs that are banned in the Chinese metropolitan include Bulldogs, Collies, Bull Mastiffs, Kurdish Kangals, Huskeies, the Chow Chow, and more.
Owning dogs as a pet is still rather new to Beijing citizens and China. The cost of living and people having multiple children, was too much until recent years. After the ban on families being allowed to have more than 1 child took effect, it created more disposable income for people. The extra money catapulted the pet market, many people choosing a dog.
However, there is still the side of China that has a another preference of dogs. These people rather eat canines than pet them. While protestors try to stop the butchering of dogs for fresh meat, just weeks ago the Chinese twon of Yulin held an annual dog meat festival. The event was part of summer solstice celebrations, where people believe eating dog meat will prevent evil spirts and disease from corrupting the body.