Dogs over the size of 13.7″ tall are being snatched from their owners in the China city of Beijing, even if they have the appropriate “licenses” for the dogs. The rule has been in effect for several years, but it wasn’t being enforced until just recently.
Beijing authorities are now raiding peoples homes, sometimes in the middle of the night, and tearing these dogs out of their owners hands, almost certainly to be used for meat.
Those that can afford it are shipping their dogs to kennels in rural areas, while others less fortunate are hiding their dogs and hoping the neighbors don’t report them.
One woman explains she sets her alarm for 2am so she can take her labrador retriever for a washroom break on her balcony and hopefully not be noticed.
Apparently the authorities are so concerned about backlash that they are deleting negative critisism from the internet. A woman was detained after declaring she witnessed police beat a golden retriever to death in front of it’s owner. The statement was later retracted. (I wonder why??)
In the NY Times article, the owner of a golden retriever named “Dou Dou” says:
“I feel like we’re living in one of those war movies in which the Communists are searching for the Japanese and threatening to wipe them out,”
Below is a link to a video of a man’s dog being confiscated after he claims he doesn’t have the dogs “papers” with him.
After having the dogs taken away, dog owners are issued an $800 fine and will never have the dog returned.
I located a petition on Change.org in protest of this. Please take a moment to sign it. I’m not exactly sure what good it would do, but it doesn’t hurt.