uangdong province has now become the latest place in China to crack down on canines, introducing a set of strict new pet laws which dog owners need to be extremely wary of.
The restrictions, passed by the standing committee of China’s most populous province, include a ban on dogs in public transportation and inside of public indoor spaces. Pet owners who violate these rules can be fined as much as 200 yuan.
Meanwhile, when taking their dogs outside, owners must have both proof of immunization and muzzles on their animals’ snouts. If caught with an unvaccinated pet in public, an individual could be hit with a fine as high as 5,000 yuan.
This all comes after harsh rules were rolled out earlier this month in the city of Hangzhou, where dog walking is now banned between 7 am and 7 pm each day and a number of dog breeds including bulldogs and greyhounds have been blacklisted.
On the day that these regulations went into effect, video clips began circulating on social media showing public security officers seizing, beating, and drowning dogs. Hangzhou’s urban management department has since denied that any dogs were hurt in its canine crackdown, claiming that the videos did not show any of its officers.
A few days later, the city of Chengdu also introduced strict new pet rules, joining a growing number of localities in China that have been cracking down on canines in recent months in a campaign aimed at reducing the number of vicious, headline-grabbing dog attacks.
While animal lovers have criticized these efforts for being excessively cruel, the crackdown has received general support from the public and net users online.