Dogs banned from parks and daytime walking in China

A city in south-western China has banned dog walking during the daytime and banished the pets entirely from parks, shopping centres, sports facilities and other public spaces.
The directive issued by the city of Wenshan in Yunnan province has been called the most restrictive in a nation where dog ownership has long been subject to tight regulations.
Under communist China's founder Mao Zedong, pet ownership was considered a bourgeois affectation but it has been revived over recent decades with growing affluence and smaller families.
Many cities still maintain rules on what size dogs can live in what areas, with the capital Beijing banning large dogs from the city centre.
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Dog parks are also rare and canines are almost always required to be on leash.
Wenshan's ban appears to go well beyond that by saying dogs can only be outside before 7am and after 10pm.
It also says dog leashes cannot be longer than one metre and dogs can only be walked by adults.
Despite the newfound popularity of keeping dogs, many Chinese locals remain wary over the presence of wild or unleashed dogs.
Rabies spread by unvaccinated dogs also accounts for a substantial number of the roughly 2,000 deaths from the disease that the World Health Organisation counts in China each year.
With AP.

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