Monday, April 16, 2012

A new policy proclaimed in Harbin Province prohibits large dogs

The owner this golden retriever is visually disabled. He trained his dog into a guide dog. Due to no professional guide dog certificate, the dog will be sent away. The man will then lose his “eyes” again. The photo from:

The dog owner in the photo was complaining to the reporter that he cannot not give up his beloved dog. The photo from:

In China, Harbin Province has recently proclaimed a policy that raising large dogs are prohibited including the breeds of Golden Retriever, Chow Chow, Labrador and others.

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 according to an article published in the Chinese news.

The new policy prohibits the keeping of the following breeds in Harbin:

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 policy says every household can only keep one dog. Big and fierce dogs are prohibited (guide dogs for the blind and handicapped peple are excluded.). The dogs which are over 50 cm tall and 70 cm long are prohibited as well.

Citizens should take their dogs to the local police agencies for raising registration. The policy agencies should help put micro chips into registered dogs as well as give them certificates and dog tags. The guide dogs kept by organizations can only be sent to the residents. The residents cannot register their dogs under any companies. Every citizen can only keep one dog. The policy regulates the police agencies to be in charge of keeping and dealing the spare and stray dogs. The police in Harbin is empowered to capture and kill any big dogs. All the issues about Harbin dogs are dealt directly by the police instead of animal experts or animal protecting organizations. More than 80% of the residents are against the policy. It’s totally disrespect for the residents as well as ignorance of animal rights.

The policy also says the shelters will be built for keeping the dogs, and the dog owners will be charged 1000 RMB per day for keeping their pets. It’s ridiculous to charge the dog owners. The government will build shelters for the dogs, but they will only keep them for 30 day. If no one adapts the dogs in 30 days, the dogs will be killed. The problem is big dogs prohibition and 30-day adaptation exist at the same time. It’s contradictory. Furthermore, the dog owners should pay for dog keeping. Harbin government is a poor organization. It’s hard to imagine how terrible the shelters will be. People definitely don’t have spare money to pay the extra fee. They are forced to send away or kill their dogs. More people sell their dogs to the dog meat dealers. So far, numerous big dogs have lost their lives due to the policy. A few people from other districts of China said that they are willing to take care of some dogs, but it still cannot solve the problem.

Please sign the petition to help the citizens of Harbin City to keep their beloved pets.

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