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Animals Asia was delighted to co-organise and co-sponsor the 2nd China Urban Dog Management symposium held in Nanjing from 23-24 August. The event organised by Animals Asia in association with Nanjing Animal Protection Association (Nanjing Ping An Fu) was hosted by the Nanjing Public Security Bureau (PSB) and sponsored by Animals Asia and Humane Society International.
The symposium brought together government representatives with overall control of dog management regulations, and animal-protection organisations from 27 Chinese cities to discuss best practice in dog management, educational initiatives to encourage responsible dog ownership and the development of guidelines to benefit people and dogs alike. Through this symposium Animals Asia hopes to see management authorities adopting such regulations in participating cities, and building relationships with animal-protection groups to co-operate on dog-management issues.
Symposium delegates from 27 cities come together to share dog management solutions.
Mr Yin Zhiqiang, the vice-Captain of Nanjing Public Security Police detachment addressing the audience.
The symposium was honoured to have the support of Mr Cao Chunfu, the Captain of Public Security Police detachment, Nanjing Public Security Bureau and Mr Yin Zhiqiang, the vice-Captain of Public Security Police detachment.
Dog ownership within China is booming, but as the numbers of dogs increases so does the development of conflicts between dog owners and non-dog owners and the risk of zoonotic disease, such as rabies. These issues require the development of long-term and humane management strategies to allow people who love dogs – and those who don’t – to live side by side in harmony.
During an inaugural speech Mr Yin said: “A lot of people really love dogs, but there are often contradictions between those who are raising dogs and those against it. We seek to harmonise this relationship.” Mr Yin explained how the adoption of a community-focused approach allows his team to listen to different opinions within the community through community events and meetings. Mr Yin also expressed the need to put the responsibility onto the owners of the dogs to ensure they care for their dogs appropriately. Mr Yin commended the work of the Nanjing Ping An Fu, which works in partnership with the PSB to rescue and rehome dogs within the city.
Through public consultation, Nanjing PSB are meeting the needs of the residents of Nanjing. In recent years the maximum size of dogs allowed within the city has increased from 35cm to 62cm and the PSB provide dog registration and vaccination centres in the community to ensure these services are readily accessible. The PSB also provides reduced registration fees for the elderly and people on low incomes. In addition the dog regulations benefit the welfare of dogs in Nanjing, stipulating that no-one can harass, abuse or harm dogs, and dog owners should provide the necessary conditions to meet the needs of their dogs, including adequate living space and environment, and they must not abandon their dogs.
Nanjing dog shelter run by the Public Security Bureau, where strays are cared for and rehomed.
Nanjing community dog park: the PSB adopt a community-based approach to help dogs and people live in harmony.
Animals Asia’s Animal Welfare Director, David Neale, and China Dr Dog Manager Irene Feng discussed the development of responsible dog-ownership schemes and the need to regulate the breeding and sale of puppies to reduce over-breeding, abandonment and to ensure the welfare of breeding dogs. The representatives were encouraged to consider some of the many humane measures possible to reduce dog bites and encourage greater owner responsibility. David also made an appeal for the introduction of a nationwide rabies vaccination programme for dogs.
Humane Society International, Companion Animal Director John Snyder provided an outline of dog management issues in the USA and Dr Fiona Woodhouse, Hong Kong SPCA Deputy Director of Welfare Services, and Inspector Chiu provided details of the humane management of dog shelters and how to catch stray dogs in a humane manner.
Director Yu of the Beijing Public Security Bureau provided participants with details of the developing community projects in Beijing allowing dog owners and non-dog owners to live side by side. In recent years Beijing PSB has increased publicity about responsible pet ownership and is working with a dog-raising association in Beijing, offering free dog neutering at registration and a reduced registration fee after neutering.
Director Yu explained that the Beijing PSB is encouraging the good treatment of dogs and encouraging non-pet owners to understand dogs to reduce tensions. Through educational initiatives Beijing PSB are encouraging young people to understand dog behaviour, encouraging a concept shift to show people in the city that not all dogs will bite, and following this initiative there has been a decline in dog bites in Beijing.
Animal Welfare Director, David, and symposium delegates discuss dog management with shelter staff.
Peter Li (HSI) and David Neale (Animals Asia) being interviewed by Nanjing TV.
Beijing PSB has also developed over 6,000 one-stop services in the community, offering a reduced fee for registration and free rabies vaccines and a map showing residents the location of the one-stop services and animal hospitals in the city.
The workshop served as a valuable way for government authorities such as Nanjing and Beijing, with such progressive dog-management regulations, to work in partnership with local animal-protection organisations, to pass on best practice regarding their adoption of a humane dog-management strategy.
Dog-population management is the responsibility of the whole community. An effective strategy, including education on responsible dog ownership and dog-bite prevention, legislation, registration, availability of veterinary services to neuter dogs, vaccination and the availability of effective rabies vaccines countrywide , and the availability and effective resourcing of holding centres and rehoming facilities, will reduce the number of roaming dogs. Such a strategy will provide widespread rabies vaccination coverage in both rural and urban areas helping to develop a healthier dog population, and reduce the number of dog-bite incidents and the number of dog-related conflicts within society and so prevent future mass dog-killing campaigns across China.
Animals Asia will continue to work with representatives of the Public Security Bureaus from all 27 cities to encourage the adoption of humane management strategies and to influence national government policy on dog management and rabies control.
Following the workshop, all delegates were taken on a tour of Nanjing PSB dog shelter and a local community dog park. Animals Asia would like to thank the Nanjing PSB for hosting the event, Mrs Ha and the Nanjing Ping An Fu volunteers for co-organising and Humane Society International for co-sponsoring and their contribution to the workshop. Animals Asia would also like to thank the HK SPCA for its contributions and all delegates from the Public Security Bureaus and local animal-protection organisations for their participation.