Shanghai sets one-dog limit to curb rabies
Sunday 15 May 2011
China's largest city, Shanghai, is setting a limit of one dog per family in an effort to gain control over the soaring pet population and curb rabies.
Cao Yi has already taken to walking her dogs at 11pm, hoping to avoid trouble with both neighbours and the authorities over her brown poodle and golden retriever. "I'm afraid one of the dogs might be taken away," she said. The new rule, which takes effect today, means either finding a new home for one of her pets or registering one with her parents.
The new pet ownership rules also cut the steep fees for dog registration, in the hope of bringing more undocumented animals on to the books, and require those walking their dogs to keep them on leads. Beijing and the southern city of Guangzhou have imposed similar regulations in an attempt to bring rabies under control.
Occasional mass outbreaks of the disease – mainly in the provinces – have prompted culls of tens of thousands of dogs and sometimes protests from angry owners. But in most cases opposition takes the form of passive resistance; some Shanghai residents just send their dogs to stay with friends or relatives until it seems safe to bring them home.
Many first-time pet owners don't bother to neuter their animals and eventually abandon them when they grow tired of keeping them. Packs of strays can be seen in the city's suburbs.
A rapid rise in the pet population has brought a spike in rabies infections. About 2,500 people die of the disease each year in China. In big cities like Shanghai, home to 23 million people, police say they handle thousands of complaints about dog bites each year.
Life & Style blogs
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...
£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...