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Piddling pets hurt Shanghai's image

PETS piddling in public are the biggest concern for the city's image, according to a recent survey of Shanghai families.

The Shanghai Statistics Bureau survey involved 1,300 local families who were asked to rank nine nuisances including illegal street vendors, bill posting, graffiti, spitting and being noisy.

The survey indicated that local families were most annoyed by pets urinating and defecating in public.

"Letting pets urinate or defecate in public deprives the animals of self-respect. A true animal lover wouldn't allow that to happen," said dog owner Qiao Yin, a university student.

The pets upset 61.8 percent of the surveyed group but 52.9 and 43.2 percent thought spitting and graffiti respectively were also bad for the city's image.

Most thought vandalism was not such a problem, with 97.3 percent saying the situation had improved.

Some 40.6 percent reported seeing fewer illegal posters.

The survey also indicated that younger people were more aware of the effect of their behavior in public than older generations.

But it also uncovered a myriad of excuses for people's anti-social behavior. These ranged from jaywalking because they were late for work to dropping litter because of a lack of litter bins.


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