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
8 years ago

I think the idea for killing dogs is really unthaughtful because if you imagine yourself as a dog not knowing your going to be beaten to death, i would think you know, it wasn't their fault for getting the rabies?

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Brutal Killing of Animals is just the tip of the iceberg, over 30,000 people were killied in Beijing in the first half of this year in Road Accidents, the Government was pleased that there had been a drop, and then predicted a 75,000 annual cull of people on its City roads, 10's of thousands of people forced from their Hutongs for Olympic car parks, Olympic venues sinking, main stadiun with sections collapsing, velodrome with a major fire and no steel being replaced, 30 people shot and killed by security Police because power station developers would not pay compensation for their land, a 13 year old girl murdered by police with a stun gun as she watched people protesting about corrupt officials, security police severely beating 80+ year olds because the stupid foreign press used their face's when reporting on subsidence caused by inept olympic building practices,
Security police mudering people that would not move for the olympics, manipulation of many foreign governments through colonialisn, and threats to stop investment if they complain about how they rape their countries of natural resources, All of this is supported by the WTO, who now has a Chinese judge to ensure that IPR theft by Chinese Government sponsored departments goes unpunished, Just like the exact copy of the BMW X5, its called a CEO in China, and the government factory made fake heart drugs and other medicines that poison or kill the recipients, ALL state owned companies produce copies, Foreign governments are also to blame for not having the Balls to make a stand and force change for good.. The Chinese people just want a quiet life, so are like the three wise monkeys!! These events are just a standard day in China, and dont allow the Chinese smoke screen of diverting attention to Western Crimes, at least we have real Police and justice systems to remedy any illegal activity, we are also not taught a pack of lies on world history in school!!

 
Anonymous
9 years ago

I am Chinese and was born and raised in China. As an animal lover and vegetarian, it is heart broken to witness or read all the animal cruelty happening in China. I feel physical pains in my heart when I think about the suffering of animals, in China or where else. Yes many Chinese see dogs differently from Western world just as non-vegetarians or hunters see farm animals and wild animals differently from vegetarian/vegan. All animals have feeling and souls. They deserve better life. If you really want to help animals in China, you can let your voice heard by Chinese government and Chinese people as a bloc. Donations to IFAW or other international animal welfare organizations are one of effective way to help those defenseless animals. As I know some of the international organizations are opening offices in China. I don't agree with some people here that Chinese are evil people in nature. China just opened its door in 1980s. There are many things China can learn from western countries, one of them is animal welfare. Any nation or race has its own flaws in terms of culture or habits/behaviors. Attacking each other is not the solution. Condemning Chinese would not ease animals' suffering there. One good example is how Japan has evolved over the years. One of my friends told me when he was in Japan in early 1950s, restaurants there would ask you to pick an alive dog in the backyard for your dish. But today Japan has better animal welfare system than many of the western countries. But they still have many problems such as slaughtering whale for human consumption. Taking actions either by writing letters to Chinese trade/tourist organizations or Chinese embassy near you or donating to international organizations who have presence or plan to enter China are ways you can help those poor animals there!! Education is the key!!
Thank you for caring for all of our animals, dogs, cats, seals, cows, pigs... Imagine how many terkeys were slaughtered for Thanksgiving dinners..
June Zhao

 
Anonymous
9 years ago

But Remember not all of the korean's and chinese people eat and torture dogs yes im against this inhumane cruelty but only some of there poeple eat dogs i do belive dogs should ahve a happy life inside a home witha great owner
Kieran

 
Anonymous
10 years ago

What these SICK, CRUEL chinese and korean people sow, so shall they reap!! May every single one of them rot in hell for the cruelty that they inflict on animals. I do not buy any products that are made in Asia. Boycott Asia. They are not going to ever become the next world power

 
Anonymous
10 years ago

Myself as an animal lover I am in pain everytime I have to mension these subjects to my friends and family to get my point across and to tell people whats going on wether it's in china or newfoundland or wherever animals are suffering from humans made disasters,slaughets or just diasasters(ect. I cant imagine how anyone can look a seal in the eye raise the Hakipic and club it to death! Same goes with any other animal killed not just this issue but every issue.I'm so glad they made this site I love expressing my opinion where almost everyone will agree with me. Unlike my school where everyone around me just says Kill Seals! Boil cats alive! Ect. so thank you for making a blog.
Kieran James Davidson
British Columbia Canada

 
Anonymous
10 years ago

I am appauled!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn't there anythng anyone can do to help those poor helpless sweet aniamls? I truly wich I could afford to take a trip to China and beat one of those IDIOTS to death(slowly). Animals do not have a voice. We must somehow STOP THE SLAUGHTER. It sickens me to think there are people ill-minded enough to do these types of things. Yes, there is animal cruelty all over the world...but to slaughter 50,000 dogs?
Animal lover here.
Carole

 
Anonymous
10 years ago

I was just wondering if China does the same thing to their people if they end having a disease. Their reputation for what they do to their female children is legendary so I guess from people who are so uneducated on the ways of the world today what could we expect.

 
Anonymous
10 years ago

bravo pour ton blog, il est trés bien fait
soph

 
Anonymous
10 years ago

These recent events in China infuriate me to the point of explosion, I can not believe and find it really hard to accept that a mass slaughter like this is allowed to take place and how no compassion can be shown to these poor animals. Animal cruelty is so widespread across the globe and live for the day when laws are tightened and animal welfare is mandatory.Whaling,slaughterhouses, culling of seals in Canada,captivity of animals abused in circuses, complete ignorance and stupidity of some pet owners, the greed of man which contributes to thousands of cruelty cases across the globe, dancing bears, animal testing,the list is endless unfortunately....I wish for all unecessary suffering to stop...

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