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by Kalinda on April 18, 2012The city of Harbin in northeastern Heilongjing province has enforced a new regulation that prohibits residents in the city and the townships it administers from raising 49 breeds of large, fierce and ugly dogs including Golden Retriever, Samoyeds, Chow Chow and Labrador Retriever that are known to have mild and lovable temperaments, citing community concerns over their “scary look and nature.” The dogs which are over 50 cm tall and 70 cm long are outlawed as well. The regulation has incurred the ire of dog owners in the city as well as dog lovers nationwide. Many dog owners in Harbin have tied signs reading SOS around their pets’ necks to protest the ban.|
“SOS. Rescue dog sisters and brothers in Harbin!”
What will happen to man’s best friends that are, unfortunately, outsize? Will they be beaten to death or made into dishes and served on dinner tables? Harbin police say that current owners of large dogs are responsible for displacement and settlement of their pets before October 31. From November 1, 2012, the city will confiscate dogs which cannot be properly relocated by their owners and either hand them over to parties and individuals that are considered fit to be in charge of them.
Dog lovers, much agitated about the future of outlawed dogs and fearful that the authorities may unleash a slaughter, have been organizing petitions against the ban since day one, both online and on site. Below is a verbatim translation of an emotionally charged and widely circulated web post that seeks to relay the pressure on the government to abolish the ban.
(The 49 breeds outlawed by the Municipal Government of Harbin: Tibetan Mastiff, Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, Central Asian Shepherd Dog, Chinese Chongqing Dog, borzoi, German shepherd, bulldog , English Mastiff, Cane Corso, Great Dane, Caucasion Shepherd dog, Neopolitan Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Afghan hound, Pointer, Weimaraner, bloodhound, Basenji, British bulldog, Akita, Newfoundland, Kerry Blue Terrier, Chinese rural dog, Black Russian Terrier, Kunming Wolf-dog, Doberman Pinschers, Belgian Sheepdog, Rottweiler, Dalmatian, St. Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Old English Sheepdog, Irish Wolfhound, Saluki, Italian Greyhound, Australian shepherd, Bouvier des Flandres, Keeshond, Border Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Golden Retriever, Chow Chow, Samoyed, Labrador Retriever, Setter.)
Harbin doggies’ today will be our pet dogs’ tomorrow!!! Please forward this message! Please put aside what you are working on right now and dial the telephone number at the end of the article and fight for our beloved dogs’ right to live, okay?
All people who love dogs, please click the share button. This seemingly insignificant gesture may be able to save lives of hundreds and thousands of doggies.
Please don’t think it is troublesome. Please don’t think it doesn’t concern you. Don’t think Harbin is too far away.
This time it is Harbin. Next time, it might be Shanghai, Beijing, and Hangzhou…
This time, they take away the lives of dogs that have mild temperaments, like Golden, Samoyed, Chow Chow and Labrador, some of which have even made contributions to the mankind as drug dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Next time, their knives might be directed at innocent lives in our households.
The dark April has finally come amid our tears and fears! It has come in full force!
Recently, Harbin Canine Regulation has been announced and came into effect on April 1, in which an article that allowed domesticated large dogs such as the Golden Retriever to live until a natural death is abolished! This came as the result of the suggestion of a single man named Ma Jiawei.
On April 2’s newspaper, the Regulation was splashed across the page. Three owners of golden retrievers received warnings and were order to dispose of their dogs within two days!
The moment this regulation was promulgated, it has aroused disaffection among dog lovers in Harbin who own goldens. In a desire to express their voice, animal rights activists took to the streets, explained to the Harbin citizens their slogan of “Building A Harmonious Society, Becoming A Civilized Dog Owner,” and asked dog lovers to sign the petition in a bid to fight the right to live for Golden, Labrador, Samoyed, Chow Chow and other dogs!
“We don’t speak, but we love human beings.”