A senior Chinese police officer said Tuesday that
China respects its people's rights to keep dogs despite regulations aimed at
limiting numbers of large and aggressive dogs in cities.
A dog is captured and
caged during a drive to remove stray dogs from the Chinese
capital's street in Beijing. All dogs found
running wild in Beijing's streets without city-issued licenses will be
caught and handed to public security offices for inoculation.
Bao Suixian, deputy director of the Public Security
Management Bureau under the Ministry of Public Security, also called for a
balance between the interests of dog-owners and others.
"People have the right to have dogs, but people who don't have dogs also have rights,"
he told a press conference on Tuesday.
"People are worried about two things: Dogs attacking and injuring them," he
Bao also denied that some dog shelters killed dogs that have been collected
from the streets or previous owners.
"We have set up special homes to house stray dogs and unlawfully large and
aggressive dogs, fearing they might threaten public security," Bao said. "But we
have never heard of them being slaughtered."
"Dogs are man's best friend. We still treat them like friends after taking
The official said the government does not condone the slaughter of dogs,
unless they have rabies.
On Monday Beijing Public Security Bureau refuted some dog-owners' online
statements that criticized the strict implementation of a new "one-dog" policy,
calling the comments misleading.
In articles published on the Internet, dog owners claimed security officers
forced them to give up their dogs. They said it was offensive to have their dogs
abruptly seized, and claimed that the dogs were being taken away to be
But the bureau says this is untrue. They explained that the security officers
were simply implementing the new regulation, by urging citizens to give up
second dogs or aggressive dogs.
The bureau added that the strict implementation of the dog-control measures
mainly aims to solve nine prominent problems, including the keeping of large or
vicious dogs, unlicensed dogs, one household owning more than one dog, and
owners bringing their dogs to public places.
They revealed that the bureau's special office managing the registration of
dogs has taken in a total of 500 stray and family dogs that were temporarily
detained after November 13. Any dog owners who no longer want to keep their pets
may drop them off at their local police station. Meanwhile, citizens eligible to
own a dog are invited to adopt previously owned dogs, and can call the station