China's Cruel Cure for Rabies

Two weeks ago a headline hit news stands and Internet sites that shocked nearly everyone: “China Begins Mass Dog Slaughter.”

China1 The story behind the headline: As a result of three rabies deaths, Muding County in China’s Yunnan Province initiated a dog cull, aiming to kill 50,000 dogs in the county whether or not they had been vaccinated against rabies. Coordinated by the county police department, dog owners were told to kill their dogs themselves or face dog butchers clubbing their dogs to death.

Nearly 50,000 dogs were clubbed and beaten to death.

Upon questioning by IFAW, Muding County has now claimed to have stopped the cruel massacre. Whether this decision was in reaction to global outcry and opposition, or whether it was because there were simply no more dogs left to slaughter, is unclear.

While Muding County may have dropped their beating sticks, there is still an extremely high chance that other counties will engage in the same exercise in a misguided effort to get rid of rabies. According to media reports, Shandong Province, where 16 people have died from rabies in the last 8 months, is gearing up for a mass slaughter of their own.

Unfortunately, this is not a unique event in China. With no animal welfare legislation at the central government level and without an effective vaccination program or dedicated education efforts, the rabies problem is certain to return. However, in fairness not every county in China plans to execute the same ‘ingenious’ plan. Some counties are allowing owners to have their pets vaccinated for a fee of $25.

Without a doubt, rabies continues to be a battle for China. According to the Chinese Health Ministry, 2375 rabies deaths were reported last year nationwide. There is no question as to whether this problem needs to be dealt with or not, it definitely does. The world is merely asking China to consider humane options that make sense both to solve the problem and relieve such needless suffering for dogs.

I’m curious, does anyone know why police and military dogs are being spared……?

Comments: 42

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I was totally shocked at an email I received about the chinese skinning dogs alive for consuption, someone with a hidden camera videod this terrible act these dogs must really suffer at the hands of these people, they are skinned and thrown on a pile of more skinned dogs still alive, this is a disgrace in this day and age of animal protection, what kind off people can do such a horrible deed. It needs to stop I didn't know the chinese where so cruel.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I just now learned of the cruel solution to the rabies outbreak in China. I am numb! When will I stop being heart broken (and Disgusted) re: the horrific treatment/torture of animals in this world, esp. in the east? Clubbing? What are we cavemen?Not even, I would imagine, they only killed for food.I haven't bought anything from Korea, despite want and now China. I don't know what will be more difficult, this or banning Procter & Gamble. Anyway, sometimes I worry about a backlash or causing the animals to suffer even more because of a boycott. I don't want to give an (already) angry abuser/killer more reason to hate. Also, for the people who wish bad things on the Easterners ( I too, fantasize animal abusers getting the same pain ,worse, they inflicted), natural disasters or doing away with the country, hurts and desroys the animals that live there, too! So, please try to be a better person and set an example of treating animals with the love and respect they deserve!!!!!!!! Also, provide real or tangeable steps to take that are effective ...like the names/titles and addresses to write. Thankyou, for caring for all the world's animals (including dolphins, whales,etc.). Lastly, it is true we have a long way to go in the west! If you don't believe me ,watch Animal Cop's ...Any City, USA!

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

My dog has been acting very aggressive the past couple weeks and my cat is also acting strange. I hope they haven't contracted rabies. I'm going to have to take them both to the vet.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I arrived at the same conclusion as Marina and I have sent both the Australian gov and the Chinese ambassador a letter saying I will no longer buy any products made in China until all fur farms are shut down. I have found fur sellers from China websites and sent them the same e-mail. But its easy to now tell which fur products are illegally in our shops (Australian bans fur from China) because the fur websites post a photo catalogue of their products- so even products without the made in China tag may be from a fur farm in China- by looking at the photos of the products you can tell which ones to avoid

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

i am glad so much shit is happenin in china...the earth quakes and everything. That should be a warning to them that karma does exist....and i am not satisfied with the amount of chinese that died in the earth quake....many more should have died....many more deserve to die.....they all deserve to die...they are NOT HUMAN because humans would not be able to do this. i wish more things will happen to kill more chinese....they dont deserve to live...they are evil and we dont need evil

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

STUPID STUPID CHINESE I HATE CHINESE PEOPLE HATE THEM HATE THEM HATE THEM. THEIR WOMEN GO TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND BECOME PROSTITUTES, THEY SLEEP AROUND FOR 10$ (I HAVE WITNESSED THIS) AND THEY KILL ANIMALS. HOW CAN THEY EAT DOGS???WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM, STUPID AND IGNORANT PEOPLE. REPRODUCE LIKE CRAZY AND THEN THEY DECIDE "THEY DONT HAVE ENOUGH FOOD SO LETS EAT DOGS AND CATS. CHINESE ARE SICK SICK SICK.....SICK PEOPLE, WE SHOULD THROW A BOMB ON CHINA AND MAKE IT VANISH FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

It is in a chinaman/woman's blood to do these things. They are not chinese otherwise.
These things happen in other countries too in other forms. But the chinese are a very special breed who want to be unique in their ways but at the same time portray a very nice exterior. It is shocking to know the olympics could ever happen in a country like that. The govt and the people of china should be relocated to venus for a period of 100 years, they can take with them all the salted animal balls to eat when on venus. They can come back even smarter and an better people. They should also be able to see the great wall from there for assurance.

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

those unhuman cruelty in china,I am animal rescue,lover and owner 3 most intelligent dogs and cats .After I saw videos and pictures I am dead inside .I can believe somebody can be so cruel to animals .I wish I can boil and skin alive everyone hwo do that poor animals. I AM SHAME I HUMAN

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

Disgraceful, boycott the olympics, write to the Chinese embassy and fight against inhumanity in this vile country, with its useless government

 
Anonymous
6 years ago

We should think for others including our native animals

Post a comment