Adding to the list of pains in the butt (literally, in this case!) for dogs and their owners, local police recently announced that all pooches need to be vaccinated before the World Expo to ensure the public’s safety. But the notice, which was released yesterday, underlines one big problem.
Vaccinations can only be provided to dogs with a legal police-issued ID. However, according to the Shanghai government, the number of licensed dogs is only one-fourth the total number of dogs in the city. But without all pets being vaccinated, what’s the point? So how are these “illegal” dogs going to get the vaccine?
Says one officer, surnamed Feng, “We also encourage owners of the unlicensed dogs to come and get the pets officially registered to get the shots for their dogs.”
Of course, that ignores the reason most people don’t get their pets licensed in the first place. The annual dog administration fee is a whopping 1000RMB or 2000RMB, depending on the owner’s address. Many citizens think the annual fee is extremely overpriced, especially since the chip, vaccine and booklet’s materials don’t cost more than 100RMB. They’ve questioned where the surplus money goes.
Two netizens, which posted their comments on Eastday argued that the campaign was insane, like robbing money from dogs (开始从狗东西身上抢). “In which aspects do you require so much money for a certification?” another asked.
Luckily, it seems that some legislators have already noticed this problem, proposing a cut in the dog license fee from its current price to about 200 or 300 RMB instead. A new round of discussions for improving the current draft of the law will be held on March 1.