It looks like one or more of the layers of the Chinese government are planning another massive dog purge. These are the same noises they made before the last one. Chinese Dogsters, please let the rest of us know what we can do to help you and your furbabies.
Thanks to the International Herald Tribune for this article.
Chinese state media says rising numbers of dogs in Beijing causing major problems
The Associated PressPublished: August 7, 2007
BEIJING: Rising numbers of pet dogs in Beijing are causing problems from overcrowding to rabies, state media said Tuesday.
More than 100,000 dogs have been newly registered this year, bringing the Chinese capital’s dog population to 703,879 and prompting a “string of social problems,” the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Complaints about barking and dogs fouling public spaces are on the rise, while numbers of strays abandoned by their masters are growing, it said.
Most seriously, attacks on people have risen 33.7 percent from the same period last year, with about 83,000 people treated for bites and other canine-inflicted wounds, it said, blaming owners who allow their pets to wander without leashes.
Two people have died of rabies, both on the city’s outskirts where roaming dogs are most common, the report said.
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Despite the rising popularity of dogs as pets, the government continues to enforce harsh restrictions such as expensive licensing fees and a limit on one dog per family in Beijing.
Many local governments have ordered mass dog culls to control the spread of rabies, which killed more than 3,000 people last year in China.