Jiangmen dog owners, this means you! You officially have until August 25th to figure out what to do with your dogs, as a ‘special campaign’ on pooches in Pengjiang (蓬江), Jianghai (江海) and Xinhui (新会) districts of Jiangmen city (江门市, a city of 3.8 million 102km [64 miles] south of Guangzhou) begins the following day, on the 26th of August. Afterwards, any dogs roaming in public without a license from their owner will be confiscated and put down. And if past campaigns in China are anything to go by, methods employed could be far from humane.
Something called the ‘Notice on Strengthening the Management of Dogs’ was jointly issued by the city’s bureaux of public security, agriculture, urban comprehensive management, health, and industry and commerce. China Daily reports that, if you want to hang on to your pup, you’ll have to apply for a license, which apparently will only be granted if you meet certain criteria:
Only those who own or are partners in warehouses that store goods worth more than 5 million yuan ($775,200), oil depots, power plants, waterworks, warehouses for dangerous chemicals and other special venues can apply for certificates to keep dogs to help guard their properties. Even if approved, dogs must be kept in enclosed areas. They will also be required to have prophylactic immunization.
“Our aim is not to kill all the dogs in the city’s urban areas, but we hope to create a better environment for the city by banning the keeping of dogs,” said a police officer, who did not want to be named, on Tuesday.
“And we hope dog owners and residents can understand and cooperate with law enforcement personnel,” he added.
A special dog drop-off zone located in a village, covering an area over 5.53 hectares, will begin accepting dogs beginning on August 10th, and we’re expecting scores of tearful farewells in the coming weeks. Rural residents apparently will have the option of adopting dogs from the doggie concentration camp at a future date. However, sick and diseased dogs will be put down.
Something tells us the chengguan are going to have a field day with enforcing the no-dogs rule soon to hit in Jiangmen. Animal rights activists, perhaps it’s time to stop worrying about rodeos in Beijing: there are bigger animal welfare fish to fry.