From breed-specific bans to violent public beatings, this recent announcement is the latest in a series of stories about dog abuse across China, most notably the Yulin dog meat festival, which resulted in the killing of 10,000 dogs this year.
The controversy over the notice showcases two opposing viewpoints in China, according to Li. "China does have a small number of vocal opponents who view dog-keeping as offensive," he said. "Pet-owning households form a huge community in China. Their voices are helping define China's future directions in animal protection."