Raising a Dog in China is Hot
There was definitely an uptick in the number of dogs in Shenzhen over the past two years.
In China, more and more people are falling in love with man’s best friend. Those that do have dogs are of course much more likely to cry out against eating them, this is only natural.
I recently erased a comment about the suffering of dogs in China, not because I wanted to cover this up, but because the commenter was pretty much filled with hate against China and Chinese people, which is not cool.
You can dislike or even hate what large numbers of certain groups of people do, but to take that further and attack an entire race is pure ignorance. Not to mention the growing numbers of Chinese people who do, in fact, love dogs and look down upon anyone who eat them (including their fellow compatriots).
The following article, translated out of Modern Weekly , talks about the growing popularity of dogs in China:
Raising a Dog is Becoming More Popular in China
If you walk a dog in the middle of the night in most cities in China, people will either think you are blind or a weirdo. But in Beijing, walking a dog is now normal. If you don’t want to have your dog taken away from you in China, you have to be fairly low key about having it in the first place. Not too long ago in China, dogs were seen as the parasites of capitalists. Now dogs are turning into the pets of the ever growing Chinese middle class, and a mark of an upper class person in China.
Registered dogs in Beijing increased 16% this year, reaching 530,000 dogs. But the actual number of dogs in Beijing are actually much higher. One of the reasons is that people don’t want to pay the US$75-125 registration fee. Another reason is that dogs taller than 35 centimeters are not allowed as pets. If you want to raise a Labrador or Rottweiler, you risk having an illegal dog. Yet some dog owners in China run this risk anyway.
In July, the illegal dog situation in Beijing started to change. Along with the increasing numbers of people dying from rabies, the appropriate bureau began rounding up and killing stray dogs in Beijing. This is why walking dogs at night has become the new norm in Beijing.
A man named Mr. Fan, returning from Wall Street, saw the huge market for pets in China, and opened a pet hospital in Beijing. He told a reporter “Humans are humans, they need animal pets.”
As opposed to human pets?