Once Banned, Dogs Reflect China’s Rise

The New York Times looks at how the rise of pet ownership in Beijing heralds the rise of a new China:

Twenty years ago, there were hardly any in Beijing, and the few that were here stood a chance of landing on a dinner plate. It remains possible even today to find dog-meat dishes here. But it is far easier to find dog-treat stores, dog Web sites, dog social networks, dog swimming pools — even, for a time recently, a bring-your-dog cinema and a bring-your-dog bar on Beijing’s downtown nightclub row.

All that and, Beijing officials say, 900,000 dogs as well, their numbers growing 10 percent a year. And those are the registered ones. Countless thousands of others are unlicensed.

How this came to be is, in some ways, the story of modern China as well.

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