Why humans can’t seem to forgive the dogs in China

Written by Staff Writer From films to books, characters have been trying to warn about the dangers of dogs for hundreds of years. In “The Anatomy of Monsters” by author and barrister Randolph Cohen,…

Why humans can't seem to forgive the dogs in China

Written by Staff Writer

From films to books, characters have been trying to warn about the dangers of dogs for hundreds of years. In “The Anatomy of Monsters” by author and barrister Randolph Cohen, the famous illustrated manuscript “lungs of a dog” describes how the animals spit blood and incense into the faces of their former masters. The 19th century Tale of the Maggot Dog, as the work is called, tells of a small shepherd dog who is subjected to incredible bodily damage by a ritually forbidden dog. Since then, there has been even more dog abuse.

While Chinese laws that protect dogs from inhumane treatment are very strong, enforcing them is not. Since the 1990s, the Han government has enacted a series of legislation designed to discourage people from owning dangerous dogs. In the most extreme cases, irresponsible dog owners are jailed for up to five years.

However, this has not stopped many from purchasing dangerous dogs and owning them dangerously. In the same way that parents protect children from polio-causing vaccinations, owners of dangerous dogs in China seem to live dangerously with their pets. Dogs have been known to escape from dog pens and wander the streets, even attacking and biting passersby. Many dogs are not in control of their actions, and not required to be trained or neutered. Many people find it impossible to come to terms with the fact that their dogs can be killed.

The son of Qiao, a policeman, was recently killed when he was protecting his family’s dog from a gang of loners.

In recent years, incidents of violent dog attacks have become alarming. One of the most publicized cases was in China’s central province of Henan in May when a 73-year-old police officer in Hebei province was killed by two men armed with knives.

The gang attacked him while he was having dinner with his family. Police later found the bodies of the men’s family members in a nearby field, and one of the men had already beheaded his victim.

The killings of these women and children are in some ways symbolic of all kinds of problems in society. While Mr. Xie Xiaobin may be killed for accidentally defending his dog, men like the gang leader, Tang Zhijian, are killed for attempting to protect their family members. The ordinary people who take their own lives to escape this persecution must have a higher standard of morality than the worst criminals, and can be defined as heroes, while the criminals and their families must be defined as lesser beings.

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