China’s One Dog Under One Roof Policy
Human Population of Republic of China: 1.3 BILLION.
To be exact, according to the World Bank, there are 1,331,460,000 people in China as of 2009.
Unless you live in bomb shelter with no TV or Internet, I am sure you are aware China also happens to be one of the FASTEST growing economies of the world.
In economically developed countries, pet ownership can swell to about 30-40%, or in simple math, 1 dog for every 3 people.
If China had that kind of pet ownership in the future: that would be 400 MILLION pets.
Imagine what 400 MILLION pets would look like
That would be more than the entire human population of United States.
So Chinese government got wiser: 1 dog per household.
The “one dog under one roof policy” lowers the dog ownership/registration fee is really an effort to crackdown on unregistered animals and keep pet population in check.
Sounds great, right?
Pet owners whose dogs are not registered with the authorities will have to get rid of them.
Why? Because only one pet registration (per household) will be accepted.
One pet owner tells her how she’s not happy:
“I have three unregistered dogs. They have been with me for five years. They are family to me, I can’t just give one of them up.”
Also under the regulation, breeds deemed “more dangerous” like Rottweiler, German Shepherds and several types of mastiffs and bulldog, are also banned.
“Any of these fierce dogs kept by private households will be taken away”.
Why are they aggressive?
Simple: there aren’t enough dog parks in China for them go out and run. Dogs are also banned in regular parks. If dogs don’t get their exercise, they will start misbehaving.
It is a delicate situation, but this is a giant step for country that has been known consume dogs and cats as a source of food. (Remember that incident with the truck that was carrying 600 dogs to their death?)
The Chinese government is finally starting to acknowledge dogs and cats as not just pets, but members of households.
In fact, there is a small but growing movement of animal rights in China:
Question to readers: is this new law a GOOD or BAD idea?
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