Mo­bile clinic for an­i­mals on hold over li­cense plate

Vet says project would show Bei­jing’s hu­man­is­tic na­ture amid pub­lic con­cerns

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By DUJUAN dujuan@chi­

The launch of a mo­bile clinic for stray an­i­mals in Bei­jing has been de­layed for a year, as theNGObe­hind the project first needs to ob­tain a li­cense plate for the ve­hi­cle.

Vol­un­teers with the Ta Foun­da­tion for An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion said the 1 mil­lion yuan ($148,450) project, which could help neuter hun­dreds of stray cats and dogs, was par­tially paid for us­ing do­na­tions from about 8,000 ne­ti­zens.

How­ever, in Bei­jing, com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als are re­quired to en­ter the li­cense­plate lottery ev­ery two months. The mea­sure was in­tro­duced to con­trol the num­ber of new ve­hi­cles on the roads.

“We have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the lottery for a year, but we still haven’t got one,” said Lu Ping, a project man­ager for the foun­da­tion. “Right now, all we can do is con­tinue en­ter­ing the lottery and hope for the best.”

She said the NGO has con­tacted Bei­jing’s trans­port com­mis­sion to ask whether it can get spe­cial ap­proval, but of­fi­cials said such ap­proval is only given to hospi­tal am­bu­lances.

The ve­hi­cle, a mod­i­fied Iveco van, cost 650,000 yuan to buy and an ad­di­tional 300,000 yuan to equip. Once on the road, Lu said the plan is to visit com­mu­ni­ties with large num­bers of stray an­i­mals to pro­vide check­ups and to ster­il­ize them.

Some of the peo­ple who do­nat­ed­money to the project

All we can do is con­tinue en­ter­ing the lottery and hope for the best.”

project man­ager for the Ta Foun­da­tion for An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion

Lu Ping, have raised con­cerns over the delay, sug­gest­ing that the NGO find an in­di­vid­ual who al­ready holds a li­cense plate to reg­is­ter the ve­hi­cle.

Zhang Xiao­hai, sec­re­tarygen­eral of the foun­da­tion, said this is not pos­si­ble, as it would be against the reg­u­la­tion gov­ern­ing char­i­ties that states crowd­fundedas­setscan­notbe trans­ferred to an in­di­vid­ual.

How­ever, some ne­ti­zens said reg­u­la­tions should be fair to ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing NGOs, while oth­ers ques­tioned wether it is nec­es­sary to use a car for an­i­mal pro­tec­tion use.

AnMengchen, a vet­eri­nar­ian at Bei­jing Com­pan­ion An­i­mal Hospi­tal, said the mo­bile clinic would not only ben­e­fit stray an­i­mals, but also dis­play the city’s hu­man­is­tic na­ture.

He said most of the stray an­i­mals have oral dis­eases, in­fec­tious dis­eases or in­juries, which are usu­ally the rea­son they have been aban­doned.

“The res­cue ve­hi­cle for stray an­i­mals will en­cour­age peo­ple not to aban­don pets with dis­eases,” An added.

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