By Kim Yu-sooDecember 3, 2018 10:55amBy Kim Yu, New York TimesThe world’s second-largest economy is moving closer to a world where dogs and cats can roam freely, and that the pets can live as free-ranging, domesticated humans.
The Chinese government has issued a directive in November allowing the public to adopt dogs as pets, allowing owners to keep their pets for the first time in decades.
But the move to allow dogs in some public spaces is only one of a slew of measures the Chinese government is taking to combat the spread of diseases like canine distemper, which has killed more than 2,300 people worldwide in the past decade.
China is on track to catch up to the United States as the world’s biggest consumer of pets in 2020, according to a new report by the United Nations.
The United States is expected to overtake China as the biggest dog-shelter market in the world, according a report by Bloomberg.
The report, which was based on data from the Dog Breeders International Association, also found that China was overtaking the United Kingdom as the country with the most pet dogs.
But China is far behind on reducing the number of dog bites and deaths, and the country is far from eliminating the dog-related health problems.
In 2016, China accounted for more than one-third of all dog bites in the United State, according the report.
Dogs account for about 40 percent of all pet deaths worldwide, and about 45 percent of dog-bite cases in the U.S. In China, dogs account for nearly 90 percent of deaths and more than 80 percent of bites, according TOFA.
Dog owners in China are also increasingly reluctant to have pets, the report found.
Owners are more likely to choose to keep pets for personal use, such as in a hotel, rather than for hunting or sport.
The government’s dog-friendly attitude is particularly pronounced in the city of Changsha, in southwestern China, where there are currently more than 1.8 million dogs, compared to just over 200,000 cats, according Bloomberg.
China’s adoption rate is estimated at about 50 percent, and in 2020 it is projected to exceed 50 percent of the U,S.
population, according Tofta.
But a significant percentage of the dogs are not adopted, either because they are too sick or simply unable to be put down.
A study in China in March found that about half of the country’s 2.5 million dogs and at least 2.1 million cats live in shelters.
China has adopted about 4.7 million dogs from abroad since the beginning of the year, a figure that has more than doubled from the previous year, according New York magazine.
The China dog ban is being closely watched in the West, as it is the first government regulation to address the growing number of dogs and their potential impacts on public health and the environment.
The country’s Dog Breed Act was signed into law in 2010, and a law last year established a National Animal Protection Policy, a body of guidelines for dealing with animals in China.
China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced last month it will revise the national animal control policy to address canine distempper, and more regulations are expected in the coming months.
The U.K. is the world leader in dog-control efforts.
In 2020, it will have nearly 200,00 dog-rescue dogs, while the United Arab Emirates, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa each have about 400,000.
The European Union, which is home to more than 10 million dogs in its national animal welfare network, has also adopted measures to curb dog-riding and dog-nesting.
But it’s not clear how many of those measures will be enforced, and many cities in Europe are struggling with the issue.
The United States, with about 2.3 million dogs as of 2020, is ahead of China in adopting dogs, according B. Riley, president of the dog advocacy group American Kennel Club.
The country is also far ahead in adopting cats, which have been widely adopted in Europe.
According to the Animal Welfare Institute, more than 40 percent.
of American cats are adopted from shelters, while more than 20 percent of American dogs are adopted.
But that number may be inflated, because there is no data on how many dogs are euthanized for food-borne illnesses or the like, according Dog and Cat Rescue, a nonprofit organization in California that has worked to rescue dogs from shelters.
The organization has rescued more than 3,400 dogs from the shelter system.
It said the number is likely higher.