The Dyed Dog Days of China

July 18, 2009

Fashionable Dyed Chinese Poodle in Wuhan, in the Hubei Province of ChinaThe Chinese economy must be doing well, based on these examples of what people are doing with their discretionary income in Wuhan, in the Hubei province. Money spent on pets in China has increased nearly 500 percent between 1999 and 2008. No word on how much these trips to the “beauty parlor” cost, or whether the dyes are harmful to pets.

 

Colorful Chinese Poodles

Ironically, the pictures appeared this week just as China drafted its first major animal protection law. The proposed legislation, which will be submitted to China’s State Council by year’s end, stipulates that the punishment for animal cruelty will be up to 6,000 yuan ($877) and two weeks in jail. China has also undertaken strict measures to control the animal population — it will become compulsory for data chips to be implanted in pets so that owners can be found if their pets are found abandoned. Wonder if this includes dogs who run away from home on purpose?

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Photo credit: Barcroft Media

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