Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cruel China Continues its Heartless Path: 50,546 Dogs Clubbed To Death, Many In Front Of Human Companions

Yep, China is one cruel place. No regard for any other species. They use rabies as an excuse, but my guess is that it’s for other reasons. Would rabies really justify killing this many dogs? Very sick. And of course, they choose the clubbing method. They just love to club.

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Dog cull in China to fight rabies


By Quentin Sommerville
BBC News, Shanghai

Military dogs being trained in Hubei province, China, on 28 July 2006
Only police and military dogs were spared
A county in south-west China has ordered all 50,546 dogs to be killed to fight a rabies outbreak which has killed three people, state media says.

It has taken five days, but authorities in Mouding County in south-west China say they have killed almost all of the 50,000 dogs in the area.

Some of the dogs were clubbed to death in the street as their owners watched.

Other dog owners took matters into their own hands, poisoning or electrocuting their pets.

They were paid around $0.60 (£0.32) for each dog in compensation.

China has a poor record of animal protection. There are no laws to prevent cruelty to pets.

The local government ordered the cull following an outbreak of rabies.

Three people in the county, including a four-year-old girl, have died from the disease. A further 360 were bitten by dogs, the authorities say.

However, even the 4,000 dogs that had been immunised against rabies were put to death in case the immunisations were not effective.

Roadside checkpoints were set up to ensure that no dogs escaped. Only police and military dogs have been spared.

There are a growing number of animal rights activists in China and the country has laws protecting endangered species. But there are no regulations to protect other animals, including pets.

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