PERSONAL NOTE: The growing aging population in China means more senior citizens are having pet dogs to help them deal with loneliness…a serious social crisis in modern China and also in many parts of the world. I was listening to a radio talk just today in my home in America and the discussion is about the rising loneliness in America…not just loneliness about the senior citizens, but in general, that today’s society is not caring enough for other people…in the world today! It is everywhere…blame it on modern technology, blame it on anything you want, because the truth is…from my own experiences, yes, many of my friends have stopped talking to me…why? I have no idea…but this is a trend all over the world…and worse in Asian, in countries like Singapore, Korea and Japan where many old people kill themselves because they feel they have no reason to live alone alone alone…you should see Japan, where a whole town has no people living there, and in some places, only the very old are there…and they are trying their best to go on living…recently a German researchers went to Japan to find out how the old are coping with aging…what keep them alive! Interesting studies of the aging people, and they called their studies ACTIVE AGING…MEANING WHAT DO THESE MANY SENIOR CITIZENS, ABANDONED BY THE SOCIETY AND THEIR CHILDREN NOW LIVING ISOLATED AND ALONE IN VILLAGES…I was impressed that many find meaning in group activities, where in the farms or inside a building…group activities keep them alive and meaningful…and they continue…it is about caring for each other … doing things together, calling up friends for a cup of tea, or just getting together to chat and visit, etc etc etc. I spent 7 years in China as a visiting professor, and during that period of time, I saw more and more senior citizens having little pet dogs to keep them company…because many of their children have abandoned them, because many of the adult children, mostly from rural areas and uneducated, are not doing well themselves, so they do not have time to see their aging parents in many remote areas in China. Sad but true…And now it is the Chinese government who is trying to bring meaning to these old people in remote areas in China. Improved health care. Improved living conditions, Improved government caring for the young and the old in the society. Steve, usa, november 23, 2018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese cities move to regulate irresponsible dog ownership
Xinhua | Updated: 2018-11-23
HANGZHOU – “Get your dog registered and walk it on a leash,” urban management officers in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou are telling local dog owners, in an ongoing clampdown on uncivilized dog-raising behaviors.
From mid-November to end-December, officers will patrol the city to check if there are any infringements on behalf of dog owners, such as having no dog license or walking a dog without a leash in public places like squares and parks.
“We do not target dogs themselves. We aim to regulate dog owners,” said Duan Cunguo, an urban management officer in the city’s Xihu district.
“We help to make sure that local residents raise dogs properly, get them registered and walk them on a leash,” said Duan, before denying online accusations that colleagues have been beating dogs with sticks and of other animal cruelties.
The clampdown comes in the wake of a dog owner brutally attacking a woman who tried to separate his unleashed dog from her children in the city earlier this month. The attack has helped to raise widespread public awareness of uncivilized dog-raising habits.
Such conflicts between dog owners and residents are becoming more frequent in China as more and more people in the country keep dogs as pets.
Currently, about 56.5 million people in China’s urban areas raise a total of 91.5 million pet dogs and cats, according to a white paper on the pet industry. As a result, there has been a rise in reports of people being bitten by dogs and disputes arising from uncivilized dog-raising habits.
Besides Hangzhou, other cities, including Wuhan of Hubei Province, Guangzhou of Guangdong Province and Wenshan of Yunnan Province, have also unveiled measures in a bid to eradicate uncivilized dog-raising practices.
Starting next year, dog owners in Wuhan could be fined up to 1,000 yuan (144 US dollars) if they fail to walk their dogs with a leash, tag and muzzle.
Police in Guangzhou, meanwhile, are offering free leashes, muzzles, tags and poop scoops. They are also encouraging residents to report stray dogs.
This spate of regulations has triggered public discussion, with many people, including many dog owners, supporting the clampdown on irresponsible dog owners.
“It’s our right to keep a dog, but that does not mean we can disturb others,” a microblogger under the name of Fadou wrote on China’s Twitter-equivalent Sina Weibo. “The best way to protect our dogs is to walk them on leashes, clean up poo in a timely manner and train our pets.”
“There should be more humanized measures rather than hasty ones,” said a Hangzhou resident surnamed Li.
Authorities should transform their understanding and measures of social governance in their quest for a long-term solution to uncivilized dog-raising, said Yang Jianhua, a researcher with the Zhejiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences.
Apart from strict law enforcement, the service-oriented government should listen to citizens and make appropriate changes to adjust to new situations, said Yang.
“Any freedom should also be based on not disturbing the public order. Only by abiding by rules can we achieve harmonious relations between humans and pets,” said Yang.