On November 1, a new version of the regulations of Taiyuan Municipality on the administration of dog keeping, which was called the strictest dog keeping order by netizens, was officially implemented, arousing widespread concern. According to the new regulations, when carrying dogs out of the house in key management areas, a leash shall be used for dogs, and the length shall not exceed 1.2m, otherwise a fine of 50 yuan will be imposed on the spot. In addition, abandonment or maltreatment of dogs should be punished accordingly.
Over the years, there are more and more urban families with dogs. According to the white paper on Chinas pet industry in 2018 released in September 2018, the number of urban dog owners in China has reached 33.9 million in 2018. More people like dogs and are willing to spend time and energy on them. From the personal point of view, it is the accompaniment of life and the comfort of spirit. From the social point of view, it is also a symbol of social civilization and progress.
However, the more pet dogs are kept, the quality of some peoples civilized dog keeping fails to keep up with it: they are allowed to defecate everywhere without cleaning up, they are not allowed to walk their dogs without ropes, they are not allowed to apply for dog certificates without vaccinations, they are not allowed to raise large dogs or strong dogs in violation of regulations The dog injuries caused by the uncivilized dog keeping behavior occur constantly, which seriously affects the harmony of the neighborhood and often leads to violence.
The discussion of civilized dog keeping is a commonplace in public opinion. New policies have been introduced in many places, increasing the penalties for uncivilized dog keeping. Generally, people will face fines if they walk their dogs without holding ropes or raise dogs illegally. Most of the behaviors such as maltreatment and abandonment of dogs also have clear punishment measures. In contrast, Taiyuans new policy has attracted more attention, known as the strictest dog keeping order, perhaps because the regulations are more detailed and operational.
For example, not only walking dogs should be tied with a leash, but going out in key management areas. The length of the leash should not exceed 1.2m, or the public security organ will impose a fine of 50 yuan on the spot. Because, if the traction belt is too long, the effect is actually equivalent to no traction belt. For another example, when taking a dog in a residential elevator, you should avoid the peak use of the elevator and hold it in your arms, or wear a mouth cover for the dog, or put the dog into a dog bag or cage. These Regulations are very detailed and necessary.
If you want to be a good dog owner, you should obey the rules first. This is a clear signal released by the new policies on dog keeping in all regions, including the most stringent dog keeping order in Taiyuan. In economic terms, dog keeping behavior has a lot of negative externalities, just as drivers do not obey the rules when driving, it is not only the drivers themselves that are affected. We should restrict the behavior of dog keeping just as we restrict the drivers driving. We should not only protect the right of dog lovers, but also protect the right of others not to be harassed by the neighbors dog.
In this sense, the strictest dog keeping order may be stricter. Because at present, there are still difficulties in operation, and the paper penalty is in sharp contrast to the weak law enforcement. Its one thing how local regulations are written, and its another thing how they are actually done. It is necessary to establish a more systematic law enforcement system to standardize the dog keeping behavior, so that the uncivilized dog owners can feel the authority of law enforcement and the pain of violation.
As we all know, driving requires a license, a tax, a compulsory insurance, a fine of money or even a lifetime ban. Dogs should also be certified and vaccinated regularly. In order to facilitate continuous management, chip can be implanted, management fee can be paid annually, and pet injury insurance can be purchased. Uncivilized behaviors such as walking the dog without leash and disposing of pet excrement can not only be handled with simple fines, but also be linked with the personal credit of dog owners. Or deduct points according to the regulations, and limit the dog if the deduction is full. In case of malignant injury or other adverse events, it can even be banned for life.
We should not only resort to morality, but also hope that the quality of dog owners can be improved by themselves. We must improve the relevant laws and regulations, and force dog owners to keep dogs in a civilized way. This is a very meaningful legislative issue. On the basis of summarizing the actual effect of local most strict dog keeping order, it may be necessary to launch relevant laws and regulations at the national level.
Source: responsible editor of Beijing News: Du Shuo, nb12556