China: Dog Days

Purging man's best friend

Of all the recent crackdowns in China, the one that began last week was probably the strangest. Virtually any dog found trotting through Peking may now be legally drowned, electrocuted, strangled or clubbed to death. Those who do not get rid of their pets before the last week of December will be subject to fines of up to $25, three weeks' wages for an average urban worker. In anticipation of the purge, 200,000 dogs, or half of the city's total, have been slaughtered or exiled to areas outside the city. Some owners have sold their four-legged...

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