The city of Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong Province released new regulations on June 8 that limit dog ownership to just one per household, according to the Guardian. In an interview in the Beijing News (in Chinese), a police official explained that the rules were spurred by “more and more people raising dogs, which has led to some dogs disturbing residents, and even injuring people.” The official also noted that the rules were “based on the approach adopted by other cities.” Beijing introduced a similar policy in 2006, and Shanghai introduced a law on dog ownership in 2011.
The new rules allow residents who already have more than one dog to keep them, as long as they are registered with the city and have been immunized. Unregistered or unimmunized dogs, however, should be taken to to the city’s pet adoption agencies. The new rules also establish fines for the abandonment, mistreatment, and slaughtering of dogs, imposing an initial fine of 2,000 yuan ($295) on rule breakers. In addition, around 40 “ferocious” dog breeds are banned in the city under the new rules, including pit bulls, Doberman pinschers, and Tibetan mastiffs.
The newly implemented policy was welcomed by many internet users (in Chinese) on the social media platform Weibo, with one commenter writing, “Nothing wrong with these rules. In fact, I want more restrictions on dog ownership.” Others found the regulations “cruel.” One person wrote, “Despite being such a big country, China still lacks laws to protect those lives that have been abandoned or abused. Rather, it keeps coming up with more restrictions. This is so inhumane!”
- Interpol called in after woman who allegedly filmed sex acts with animals skips NZ / New Zealand Herald
Zhu Yingchun (Chinese characters unknown) is “alleged to have filmed herself performing sexual acts with kittens and rabbits and captured those acts on film,” sometimes killing the animals in the process. Zhu was living in New Zealand, but the Herald says it discovered she had left “on a Shanghai-bound flight in the early hours of Thursday, April 20.”
Zhu’s odd tastes — or line of business — recall the 2006 circulation of photos and video of a woman in Heilongjiang Province using her high-heeled shoes to crush a kitten to death. Her identity was exposed by huge numbers of internet users in the first famous case of what came to be known as a human flesh search engine. The woman issued a public apology (don’t click on that link if you’re fainthearted about photos).
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“As garbage piles up, NIMBY protesters take Shenzhen government to court over plans for mammoth new waste-to-energy plant.”
- Suspected rhino horns worth HK$500,000 seized at Hong Kong airport / SCMP
“Products found hidden inside luggage of traveler from Johannesburg after three similar seizures in March.”
- China-censored version of ‘Alien: Covenant’ has next to no alien in it / China Film Insider