Harbin dog enthusiasts boycott the cutback on dogs

Northeast China Harbin Cityhas recently introduced a policy that prohibits residents from raising 49 breeds of large and dangerous dogs (Learn how to train your dog fastly and easily!) including Tibetan mastiffs, German Shepherds, Chinese rural dogs, Samoyeds and so on, in order to ensure personal safety and preserve public order.

Dogs should be dealt by raisers by October 31, 2012, or they will be fined for 10,000 to 20,000 RMB. After the dogs are confiscated, there should be 1,000 RMB per day for management fee.

The new policy prohibits the keeping of the following breeds:

Tibetan Mastif, Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileir, Tosa In, Central Asia Shepherd Dog, Chinese Chongqing Dog, Borzoi, German Shepherd, Bulldog, Mastif, Cane Corso, Great Dane, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier,  Afghan Hound, Pointer, Weimaraner, Blood Hound, Basenji, old english Bulldog, Japanese Akita, Newfoundland, Kerry Blue Terrier, Chinese Rural Dog, Chinese Mountain Red Dog, Chinese Kunmin, Doberman Pinscher, Belgian Sheepdog, Rottweiler, Dalmatian Breed Standard, SaintBernard, Great Pyrenees, Old English Sheepdog, IrishWolfhound, Saluki, Italian Greyhound, Australian Shepherd, Bouvier des Flandres, Keeshoud, Border Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Golden Retriever, Chow Chow, Samoyed, Labrador Retriever, Setter.

The regulation has been questioned by dog owners who have appealed for rights for their pet dogs.

@贝亲亲嘟嘟: Don’t do things that raise public indignation. The most important thing is to reasonably address the problem. Do not kill them randomly.  Dogs also have rights!

@爱虎无穷动: If we human beings cannot live with other species in harmony, it is the self-righteous human who should become extinct.

@成都白明: Actually in many cities, including Chengdu,Sichuan Province, people are not allowed to raise large dogs, however, it’s not strictly enforced. I do not know if there is any real significance in prohibiting the raising of dogs. In Chinese tradition, dogs are raised to look after houses. They may bite people, and they are not our partners, hence the regulation. For the authorities, they just want to avoid trouble by preventing dogs from biting people.

@如电的蜗牛: It is a shame indeed to prohibit the raising of dogs, but what is more shameful is many Chinese people’s immoral actions when raising dogs: walking dogs without a leash, letting dogs relieve themselves anywhere and barking throughout the night. Many dog owners don’t even get their dogs examined and vaccinated regularly. So I suggest canceling the regulation which prohibits raising dogs and carrying out stricter punishment on dog owners who have bad dog-raising habits.

@xuanr格格: Citizens who raise dogs should think it over if their actions hurt others. Dogs know nothing but their owners should know what to do. And large dogs are indeed more dangerous. How many dog owners have their dogs vaccinated regularly? We should consider others when raising dogs.

They even post various picture stories and dog pictures to boycott the strict policy.

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