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Thursday, September 15, 2011

In China, dogs as pets are getting more love



Looks like dogs are their own best ambassadors. At least, that is the case in China, where for thousands of years, dog meat has been a delicacy.

Now, dogs are becoming popular pets. It has occurred with the country’s growing prosperity. A CNN article said some dog owners will pay as much as $600 upwards for a dog – as a pet. The popular breeds are poodles, huskies, bichons and Labradors




This newly-grown love for dogs as pets is particularly occurring in Shenzhen -- where dogs are commonly eaten. With four of its six districts now forming part of China’s special economic zone, people from the provinces are coming in for jobs, getting newfound prosperity, and buying dogs as pets because they get lonesome.




This growing love of dogs has resulted in interesting laws in different parts of China. In Jinan, capital city of the province of Shandong, residents must get the permission of their neighbors before their dog can be licensed.


Dogs are painted to look like wild animals

Shanghai has a one-dog policy, as do the cities of Chengdu, Guangshou and Beijing. In Jiangmen, which is near Shenzhen, dog ownership was banned, but the law elicited so much protest that the law was repealed.

This is an interesting development, and a very positive one for dogs in Shenzhen where rows of restaurants serve dog meat, and markets display dog meat alongside beef and lamb. Now, many—but not all—dog owners have turned into dog lovers, and have stopped eating dog meat.

Here’s a video of a dog whose hair was dyed to make it look like a panda bear.



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10 comments:

Finn said...

Wow, I can't believe they paint dogs to look like other animals! That's a little tough for me to wrap my head around!

euthymic said...

I know where you're coming from, Finn. The first time I saw a dog with dyed hair, it totally disagreed with me. But considering the options -- eat dog, dye hair of dog -- I think anything that makes a human come to love a dog is the better option, so long as the dye is not harmful to the pet. In due time, these humans may even come to love their dogs for who they are. Or maybe, it's like why some people dye their own hair bright orange...:)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Not loving the idea of dye-ing a dog for any reason. Seems a bit overindulgent to me. These dogs are fine just the way they are.

Interesting post.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Most interesting post.

Remington said...

Wow....that was interesting....

Wyatt said...

I like the part about people giving up dog meat. It's still a little sad, that they paint dogs to look like other animals....

Wyatt and Stanzie

Jan Mader said...

I have a collection of painted horses....maybe I should start thinking about painted dogs! Loved the post...

Debora said...

So glad that they are giving up dog meat as a delicacy. I saw a documentary about this as a child and it made me cry! Interesting laws concerning dog ownership.

Jennifer said...

Interesting post, I agree dying their hair to make them look like other animals is a bit strange but getting away from eating them is a step in the right direction, no matter how it is painted.

Tooki said...

An interesting post! A friend who works in Shanghai told me rather indignantly that the Chinese are going overboard with their pets - he exclaimed, "they even address themselves as mommy!" and I thought, oh-oh, I do that too. Anything wrong??