Own­ers could face credit black­list if pets mis­be­have

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Own­ers of pets that dis­turb or in­jure peo­ple in Shang­hai may find their names on a credit black­list, which would make ap­ply­ing for loans and jobs, or re­ceiv­ing pub­lic wel­fare, dif­fi­cult.

It’s the lat­est mea­sure in the city to en­cour­age peo­ple to keep an­i­mals in a way that avoids trig­ger­ing dis­putes with neigh­bors, as more fam­i­lies are choos­ing to have pets.

“Those who are in­volved in uncivil be­hav­ior, such as steal­ing free rides on sub­ways, have their de­tails recorded in the pub­lic credit in­for­ma­tion sys­tem,” said Pan Min, di­rec­tor of Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Eth­i­cal Civ­i­liza­tion Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion Of­fice.

“We also aim to use this chan­nel to dis­cour­age uncivil be­hav­ior re­gard­ing keep­ing dogs, such as leav­ing dog waste in the street, not putting a pet on a leash while out­side and not stop­ping it if it barks late in the night.”

An es­ti­mated 800,000 dogs live in the city, ac­cord­ing to Shang­hai East Ra­dio.

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