Beijing Cops Hunting Down Golden Retrievers
Ban on 'large and vicious' dogs includes Labs, Dalmatians, and collies
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2013 5:04 PM CDT
Police officers patrol with a dog while walking past the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

(Newser) – Beijing police have recently started enforcing a prohibition on "large and vicious dogs." It's a ban that includes breeds such as golden retrievers, Labradors, and Dalmatians, and affects any dog taller than 13.7 inches—apparently the size at which authorities feel pooches are no longer appropriate for city living. The law isn't new, but the enforcement of it is, and now cops are raiding homes where the rogue breeds live, seizing the dogs from their owners—even taking animals that are actually registered with authorities, the New York Times reports.

"I feel like we’re living in one of those war movies in which the Communists are searching for the Japanese and threatening to wipe them out," says a woman who owns a golden retriever. "How can the government be so cruel?" Frightened dog owners are now keeping their pets hidden, while those who can afford it are housing them at farms and kennels outside the city. Animal rights advocates say the seized dogs will most likely end up being sold for meat. "We wish the police could find a more humane way to deal with this issue," says a spokesperson from Animals Asia.

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BiggieFallz
Jun 25, 2013 10:52 AM CDT
Please help stop this horrible dog meat trade in china by signing this petiton below. It will take one min of your time. Please spread the word. Over 50,000 dogs die a day. They are killed alive suffering. Imagine if it was your dog taken from your home stuffed in a tight metal crate with other dogs. Then wait in filth to die a painful death. This must end. Please spread the word. http://www.voicelessfriends.org/
YankeeJane
Jun 24, 2013 4:52 PM CDT
China sucks. The whole country. They make crappy products, poison their own people with substandard food stuffs. And, for the most part, uneducated and superstitious. A beautiful country wasted on stupid people. They were a great nation long ago, but through isolation, lack of education (in rural areas) and third world thinking, they lost the greatness that was once China.
ghinthorn
Jun 24, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
......and "president" Obama wants us to be more like China, SMH.