Canine contraband is the newest crime wave in Beijing. China is cracking down on large dogs under a new law in classic Chinese authoritarian form: Police bearing nets and metal snares are roaming the streets in search of Labradors, Dalmatians and collies and other sizable dogs.
Under the law, dogs that are 35 cm in height or taller, or belong to one of 41 breeds identified as violent (including breeds like collies) are banned in designated areas, including central districts and some rural regions across the capital.
This month, police started to putting up posters showing Dou Dou, a 6-year-old golden retriever, as an example of the canine enemies of the state under the new law. There are even police snitches turning in their neighbors harboring large pets with night-time raids on homes. Some people are so afraid, they are having their dogs go to the bathroom on balconies to avoid being seen on the street of contraband canines.
Dog owners complain that captured dogs are being killed and sold to the large dog meat industry in China by police. The fear is that if you leave your home, you could be taking your dog out for a wok.