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Monday, September 3, 2007

China Makes Animal Immunization Mandatory. Still Struggles With Dog Doo.

This article in the China Daily is about how the Chinese government calls for mandatory vaccinations of poultry and livestock. Good idea I suppose. They further said that the law was to include pets. OK, not a bad move.

What I found interesting is that fairly high up in the article they had this:

Lawmakers during the session this week proposed that the law should include more detailed and systematic stipulations on pets as pets, especially dogs, have caused "a string of social problems", such as dogs excrement, loud barking, growing number of abandoned and stray dogs, and more attacks on human beings by dogs.

Statistics show Beijing alone sees more than 703,800 dogs have been registered, and the total number of dogs including those unregistered might be bigger.

More than 90,000 people in Beijing were injured by cats and dogs in the first six months of this year, up almost 34 percent from the same period last year, according to statistics.

Then the article goes back to talking about immunizing pigs etc.

The above paragraphs have nothing to do with immunizing livestock or pets (loud barking?). But, it's something I've seen before in Chinese press articles. It makes me wonder if there won't be some sort of draconian measures to crack down on this "string of social problems". And with the Olympics less then a year away, I wonder what sort of extreme measures they might take to make sure nobody steps in dog doo...

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