by No Dogs Allowed
As China becomes more Westernized, its citizens are adopting dogs as pets more often than they are serving them up for dinner. And the Chinese are increasingly preferring super-sized breeds that violate local dog-size restrictions; for example, in Beijing, all dogs must be 35 cm (roughly 13.25 inches) in height or less – but as you can see from the video below, many dog owners are ignoring that law. Dog owners who openly flout dog-size restrictions are being called “dog dissidents.”
The soon-to-be-released documentary Oversized Dogs: Chinese Dog Laws and the People Who Break Them examines the super-size doggie trend. Note: Not all Chinese people have jumped on the doggie bandwagon. I love the guy in this video who says he’s eaten many dogs, and that dog-meat tastes better than beef.
The article I linked to calls the dog-size restrictions “nonsensical,” but in this interview with veterinarian Dr. Zhang, the vet admits that many people aren’t able to handle large dogs, and that unruly canines can pose a threat to public safety:
The documentary was made by an American producer who wishes to remain anonymous, because the footage above is controversial in China.
Besides public safety threats, I worry about the environmental consequences of dog ownership in a country with one billion residents: what if most of them decide to adopt large dogs, or multiple dogs? Will the streets be piled high with dog poop? Will people tire of their mutts and let them loose in the streets to maul and kill people? Will anyone be able to sleep at night amid the constant canine chorus of barking?
When will this mutt madness end?