If dogs were banned from your city..
(Update 8/4/11: The city of Jiangmen has announced that it will NOT go through with the ban. It seems Chinese dog lovers were not going to quietly obey this horrific proclamation and give up their dogs. For more on this development, please see this NPR report or this brief China Daily article.

It’s excellent news, but when you look more closely it’s far from ideal. The China Daily article states that “Citizens will be able to keep their pets but are forbidden from taking them to some public areas including parks, city squares, schools, kindergartens, shopping malls and hotels etc. The amendment also regulates more humane ways to deal with the dogs in the prohibited areas by persuading their owners to remove the animals.” So, um, dogs must go into hiding, but at least they won’t be forced away from their people?)

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Photos from an earlier "culling" of dogs in China. Here a woman begs "animal cops" to spare her beloved dog in Beijing in 2006, before the Olympics. (Photos: Reuters, via sirius.2kat.net)

How would you like it if your city or town found dogs to be too dirty and too much of a health hazard, and forced you to give up your dog?

Sure, your city has set up a 13-acre center in a rural area where you can leave your dog off forever in hopes he will be one day adopted by a rural family – if the government can get that program off the ground. Oh, and if your dog isn’t so healthy? Don’t worry about the government going broke on veterinary care. Your dog will be killed.

This is the situation facing thousands of dog owners in Jiangmen, a port city of nearly four million people in Guangdong province of China. According to the China Daily, between August 10 and 25 dog owners must “resettle” their dogs. Starting August 26, a “cleanup” campaign will confiscate any remaining dogs.

“We do not want to kill all the dogs in the city’s urban areas, but we want to create a better environment for the city by banning dogs,” a government spokesman said in the China Daily.

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Realizing she won't win, she gives her beloved dog one final embrace

Despite so many people in China adopting a Western attitude toward dogs and keeping them as companions, this is still a country where dogs are looked upon by many as meat, especially southern China. Last month 15,000 dogs were slaughtered for a food festival in this area.

In addition, Maoist propaganda stating that dogs were trained by Westerners to attack Chinese have made many older Chinese fearful of dogs. Some cities, including Shanghai, have implemented a one-dog policy to limit the number of paws in public. And rabies has been on the increase, creating even more fear.

So the setting is ripe for a situation that will rip dogs and owners apart in the Guangdong province.

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A tragic situation too many people in China have faced and will continue to face

I feel so sorry for the dog lovers of Jiangmen. How about you? As I asked earlier, what if this happened in your own town? What would you do? To what lengths would you go to keep your dog at your side?

If it were to happen here in San Francisco (one of the most dog-friendly cities in the world, so not likely), I would take my dog away somewhere and get out of the murderous clutches of the local government. If that meant giving up my work and uprooting the family, I would do that before giving up Jake to the authorities. But it’s probably not so “easy” to do this in China.

(Sources: The Telegraph, CRIEnglish.com) By: Maria Goodavage

In short form, A china city was close to banning dogs. What would you do in this situation?
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I would 100% move...no one would take my dogs. I understand it is probably harder in China...Reading this made me tear up Sad I feel bad for anyone that is forced to give up a beloved animal that is well cared for.
Id move
My dogs are my world , id do everything in my power to keep them safe
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I would move. No question.
In their short lives our pets give us all they can...their friendship, unselfish love, and total loyalty. Lucky dog always in my heart
We'd leave the ranch.
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Move if we could. Stand and fight to the death otherwise. There are some causes worth fighting for.
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I would move, i can't beileve they even thought about this, and still dogs can't go anywhere, not even to the park!.
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I'd move, or they'd have to take me out with the dogs. Simple.
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The family would be uprooted, but the dogs are part of our family, so it's a no brainer for us. I can't imagine how horrible that would be! That poor woman was in pure agony Sad
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Noone, I mean noone takes my dogs, and I mean that, first of all, I would move, to another country with ALL my dogs (10) and then buy a house/flat and then well, start again.
If anyone takes my dogs, I would beat them and escape with my dogs, no joke.
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