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China Dog Law


The China dog law varies from region to region. In Beijing, dogs are prohibited outside during the day, while the regulations are considerably looser in other parts of this huge country. In Beijing, you risk having your dog confiscated and euthanized if you do not keep it indoors during the day. Dogs are also prohibited from parks and grass 24/7 and you can not ride an elevator with your dog in Beijing. If a dog grows taller than knee-high, the it can be seized by the government and euthanized.

To own a dog, the china dog law requires you to get a license. The license must then be renewed each year, at a considerable cost. The fee has however been decreased quite recently. In 2003, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress (BMPC) decided to lower the registration fee to 1,000 Yuan, which is roughly equivalent of 120 USD. According to the previous china dog law, the registration fee was 5,000 Yuan (over 600 USD) for the first year and 2,000 Yuan (over 240 USD) for every following year. As stated above, the new china dog law only requires you to pay 1,000 Yuan for the first year. After the initial year, the fee is lowered even further, down to 500 Yuan per year which is not more than 60 US annually. The Beijing Municipal People's Congress (BMPC)  is the top legislative body for the Chinese capital. 

The china dog law for Beijing contains several exceptions. Dogs assisting blind or otherwise disabled persons are for instance exempt from registration fees. If you are a senior widow or widower, you will also be allowed to keep a dog without paying any registration fee. To promote spaying and neutering of dogs, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress (BMPC) has also decided to lift the fee requirements from all dogs that have been spayed or neutered. If you want to own a dog in China without having to pay the registrations fees, the easiest way is therefore to take your dog to the vet and have it spayed or neutered.

The old china dog law for Beijing had its focus on limiting who owned dogs and how many dogs each person could own, while the new china dog law for Beijing instead emphasizes "strict management and combining restrictions with management".

One of the reasons behind the reduced fees is to encourage dog registration. Before the Beijing china dog law was altered, many dogs were never registered since their owners wished to refrain from having to pay the high fees, even though it was not legal to keep unregistered dogs. According to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security, approximately 1.4 million dogs were living in Beijing in 2002, but less than 150,000 dogs were registered.

Increased animal control is important in China, since the country is plagued by rabies and vast amounts of people die each year after being bitten by rabid animals. According to the Ministry of Health, rabies is today the number one killer among infectious diseases in China. The new china dog law has therefore made free rabies injections for dogs available in an effort to combat rabies and lower the death toll.

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