Friday, April 21, 2006

Starting All Over Again

PET dogs and wild dogs have become such a problem that the Pudong New Area plans to set up dog-catching teams with staff to check on dog health, dog disputes and other issues.

About half the community disputes are caused by pet dogs, an animal control official said.

China has a lot to learn about dog ownership. The Communists banned the ownership of pet dogs during the Cultural Revolution. Now, China is going to have to learn all over again what it means to responsibly own a dog. This is what happens when you over regulate the lives of people.

I’m glad to see the changes happening in China, and I hope for further opening of their social, legal and political system to responsible dog ownership.

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