Following months of online speculation by pet owners and a spate of similar regulations in other Chinese cities, Kunming law enforcement personnel are now requiring all dog owners to register their animals. A public relations push began July 10, with actual enforcement expected to begin August 1.
The Spring City Evening News reports that if dogs "are not restrained and managed, they will create many social problems", hence the rationale for the registration drive. The article goes on to mention fostering a "civilized" and "harmonious" city wherein citizens, "while enjoying the right to raise dogs, must bear in mind the corresponding social obligations, so as to be responsible not only for the dogs, but also for others and for society." In summation, the article explains:
This rectification [effort] will focus on solving the problems of not registering dogs, not immunizing them properly, not keeping dogs leashed [or otherwise under control], not cleaning up poop, curtailing the illegal breeding and trading of dogs, and reducing the amount of injuries suffered by people.
So, how does the registration process work? Currently there are two ways for dog owners to accomplish this. The first is to call a local veterinary clinic or hospital and ask if they are properly credentialed and can help with registrations. If the answer is 'yes', gather together an official form of identification — passports for foreigners, resident ID, or shenfenzheng (身份证), for Chinese — as well as your latest police household registration slip and proof that all of your dog's vaccinations are up to date.
Armed with these documents, the clinic should be able to complete the process for you. Once registration is complete, dog owners will receive a digital copy of their animal's registered status. The other method is to search WeChat for a mini-program called '昆明市养犬服务平台' (Kunming dog support service platform). From there, you can go through an online procedure in Chinese.
The new registration guidelines are applicable to all the central districts comprising Kunming City — Chenggong, Guandu, Panlong, Wuhua and Xishan. However, many other places falling under Kunming's broader jurisdiction — a region stretching from Dongchuan (东川) and Luquan (鹿泉) in the north, to Shilin (石林) and Jinning (晋宁) in the south — will also adopt these requirements. For a complete list of places in Chinese, please follow this link.
People failing to clean up after their dogs in public are now subject to fines ranging between 50 and 200 yuan. If a dog owner fails to produce proper proof of registration when asked for it by a police officer or urban management official, they will be issued a warning. Failure to register the animal in a "timely manner" after the warning will result in a fine of 200 yuan. Further failure to register can lead to the permanent confiscation of the dog in question.
Further regulations bar dogs from Kunming offices, hospitals and non-pet health clinics, schools, dormitories, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, scenic spots, urban parks, public green spaces, theaters, museums, libraries, exhibition halls, stadiums, playgrounds, churches, temples, mosques and other public cultural and entertainment venues.
To all of Kunming's dog owners — of which the author is one — best of luck. From people we've talked to, the registration process at clinics is fairly painless. If you can recommend a specific vet for registration, please leave a note in comments section below.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.