CHINANIMATION

Let it be man’s best friend!

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Cases of dog bites have re­cently been on the rise in the coun­try, forc­ing de­mands that dog own­ers ex­er­cise more care and get their pets elec­tron­i­cally tagged. In Foshan, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince, the num­ber of peo­ple taken to hospi­tal af­ter dog at­tacks has risen by 20 per­cent an­nu­ally. More than 51,700 peo­ple needed med­i­cal at­ten­tion af­ter be­ing “bit­ten or struck” by a dog in the past three years. Cit­i­zens are de­mand­ing that man’s best friend be mi­crochipped, and own­ers pe­nal­ized for vi­o­la­tions by los­ing points – a bor­row­ing out of the traf­fic cop’s rule book. Rais­ing dogs is a right, but ir­re­spon­si­ble own­ers don’t think twice be­fore let­ting their dogs go un­reg­is­tered, chase oth­ers and lit­ter the street with poop. As more peo­ple to­day want to raise a dog for com­pany, they should not let their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity go to the dogs. The govern­ment should re­strict the num­ber, size and species of dogs to be adopted and make harder rules to man­age dog own­ers’ be­hav­ior.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Pe­ter C. Espina/GT

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