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China carries out mass dog cull: 37,000 animals clubbed [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2009-6-18 11:47:46 |Display all floors
By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
Published: 10:35AM BST 17 Jun 2009

The cull began earlier this month after 13 people died of rabies after being bitten by dogs.

"Our data showed us that the number of dogs carrying the rabies virus has increased and we needed to urgently control this epidemic," said Xing Tianhu, the deputy mayor of the city.

Although Hanzhong has vaccinated over 240,000 dogs for the disease, in the past few weeks, city workers have fanned out across the city and clubbed to death any unattended dogs they found in the street.

One unnamed official said: "Telling people that unattended dogs will be killed is an effective way to contain the epidemic because it encourages dog owners to keep their pets at home," he said.

In one district, Yangxian, every single dog was clubbed to death and graphic photographs have emerged of piles of bodies. Animal rights campaigners said many of the dogs that were killed had been licensed, vaccinated and leashed.

"We are very upset. This is totally wrong. It is not a proper cull but indiscriminate killing. It's not just street dogs, but also household pets. We are organising a petition against this which we will send to the local government," said Ha Wenjing, who runs the Ping'an animal shelter in Nanjing.
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Post time 2009-6-18 12:03:28 |Display all floors
People grow to see their pets as members of their family. Those that obeyed the law and had their pets vaccinated, watched those same pets brutally clubbed to death.

Now there is the danger that people will not follow the law, because there seems to be no point.
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So not only is there anger of those who have lost their "family member" and anger from those who obeyed the law who saw the effort wasteed...... now there is the threat that future animals will not be vacinated.

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Post time 2009-6-18 14:00:38 |Display all floors

Reply #1 yuan_zcen's post

Should have DOG CATCHER units.

and build up Dog shelters. It is at least become another CAUSE, and create the need for a few additonal buildings!
but what the heck, might as well, catch and have dog meat steamboat meal!


ha ha ha


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Post time 2009-6-18 16:41:07 |Display all floors
Originally posted by yuan_zcen at 2009-6-18 11:47
One unnamed official said: "Telling people that unattended dogs will be killed is an effective way to contain the epidemic because it encourages dog owners to keep their pets at home"



Gotta love the pragmatism of the Chinese



Yeah, keep clubbing the stray dogs! Who needs them anyway?

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Post time 2009-6-18 16:49:22 |Display all floors
And by the way, it is estimated that roughly 4 million abandoned dogs are killed in the US every year. 37,000 dogs may sound like a lot, but it only equals 3-4 days worth of dog killing in the US. Just to put the numbers in perspective...

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The METHOD of killing the dogs is obviously real issue here. Perhaps China should consider something a little bit more politically correct than simply beating the dogs to death...

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Post time 2009-6-19 00:22:23 |Display all floors
Originally posted by oioioi at 2009-6-18 03:49
And by the way, it is estimated that roughly 4 million abandoned dogs are killed in the US every year. 37,000 dogs may sound like a lot, but it only equals 3-4 days worth of dog killing in the US.  ...

Most certainly; the U.S. does have large number of strays that are euthanized each year..... numbers are even up and adoptions down right now, because of the economy .

People need to spay and neuter their pets.

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