For decades China harshly enforced its one-child policy through forced abortions and hefty fines. Now the government in one Chinese city is seeking to exert control over another segment of the population limiting households to one dog each.
The eastern city of Qingdao a coastal beach town renowned as the home of Tsingtao beer also banned 40 “ferocious” dog breeds for residents living the the downtown districts. Some of the restricted breeds include Tibetan mastiffs akitas and German shepherds.
The rules were spurred by “more and more people raising dogs which has led to some dogs disturbing residents and even cases of them injuring people” anunnamed official told local media.
Dog ownership in China has skyrocketed in recent years as the country’s growing middle class prioritizes quality of life over saving at all costs. The vast majority of pet owners are under the age of 45 and there were 100m pets in China in 2015 with 62% of them dogs followed by cats at 19%.
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