By Erik Crouch
Image via @NickHerber
Luohu District, in Shenzhen, had a public meeting earlier this week in which they decided to crack-down on the district’s biggest public scourge: dog shit. Luohu is undertaking a project to establish 1-square-meter animal toilets on roadsides and in public parks, and hopes to roll out 1,000 such spaces by the end of 2013. The effort is part of Shenzhen’s new wide-reaching “Civility Law,” which places varying fines on those who spit in public, smoke in non-smoking areas, fail to clean-up after their pets, and perform other, equally crazed, acts of public anarchy.
One hopes the Civility Law will reach beyond dog shit and also snag human defecation in public, because (as this website has tirelessly chronicled) it happens with alarming frequency. Airports and subway trains have fallen victim to the public-poop of dog’s best friend (also here, and here), hopefully signaling to Shenzhen that humans need bathrooms too.