This man had no idea that by giving his dogs names he thought were innocent and fun, that he would in fact face serious entanglements with justice.
By Published on 15 May 2019
Ban, a 30-year-old breeder in the eastern Anhui Province, recently posted a message on WeChat, mentioning he had just named his two new puppies Chengguan and Xieguan.
Names cause “great harm to the nation”
Although they seem innocent to us, the names actually have meaning – and the Chinese police didn’t like it. “Chengguan” in China are officials employed in urban areas to tackle low-level crime, while “Xieguan” are informal community workers such as traffic assistants.
While Ban named his dogs this way for fun, authorities are not laughing at this particular joke.
In fact, they’ve had quite the opposite reaction, taking this naming as an insult. To them, naming dogs in this way is basically the same thing as calling authorities dogs.
We, here at Wamiz, fail to see how being called a dog is such a bad thing (I mean dogs are literally the best), but we’re dealing with cultural differences here.
Names spark controversy
Yingzhou Police said they launched an investigation into the man regarding the “insulting information” he divulged on the internet.
Apparently, what Ban did is even deserving of some jail time in China: “in accordance with the relevant provisions of the People’s Republic of China Law on Public Security”, he must spend 10 days in an administrative detention centre.
Ban has since apologised, saying that he regrets his actions, yet many are taking his side. Those who have followed the story are in shock that one can face jail time and serious charges simply for giving their pets the wrong name. What other names are illegal, they ask?
One thing’s for sure, it’s best to keep naming your pooches Cookie and Princess…avoid controversy at all costs!