Pets and stray animals in urban areas should take compulsive
vaccination to protect residents from contracting diseases, Chinese
lawmakers said on Saturday.
Members of the Standing Committee of the National People's
Congress (NPC) said the epidemic prevention of pets and stray
animals should be emphasized.
They made the suggestion during their deliberation on the draft
amendment to the law of animal epidemic prevention at the ongoing
29th session of the NPC Standing Committee.
Chen Zhangliang, a member of the NPC Standing Committee,
suggested the draft amendment add an item to stipulate the epidemic
prevention of pets.
"It's a problem of great concern as more and more people have
been raising pets in their communities," Chen said.
NPC Standing Committee member Yang Changhuai said the draft
should include provisions on hygiene problems caused by pets' urine
and excrement in public places.
Dao Meilan, another member of NPC Standing Committee, agreed the
suggestion, adding that many diseases were spread in this way.
"The law should have more detailed and systematic stipulations
on the prevention of diseases caused by animals, especially pets,"
In Beijing alone, more than 703,800 dogs were registered as of
Aug. 7 this year, according to the municipal administrative office
for dog raising.
However, the total number of dogs including those unregistered
might be bigger.
The growing number of dogs gave rise to "a string of social
problems", such as dog excrement, loud barking, growing number of
abandoned and stray dogs, and more attacks on human beings by dogs,
local authorities said.
(Xinhua News Agency August 26, 2007)