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

We are not clean in the west at all but at least we have SOME animal welfare laws and beating a dog to death would definetely result in a conviction for animal cruelty. Our worst crimes in the west are to support cruel industries such as the fur industry, dairy , leather and meat. This is not the 15 th century any more. We don't need animals to feed ourselves or dress ourselves. Best thing I did in my life was to become a vegan.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

While the recent mass slaughter of dogs in China is certainly despicable let's not lose sight of the fact that we in the West are not squeaky clean either. Rather than demonising a nation we should recognise that all people could lift their game.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Well i think this slaughter of innocent dogs is just cruelty so couple dogs have rabeis so you kill all dogs in a five mile radius killing thousands of dogs thats the cure!!it's insane. Ok lets say in China a couple people have sars they dont go killing all people in a 5 mile radius they go to hospitals and try to cure it why cant it be the same for animals animals feal pain happiness depression ect...thats all i have to say.
Kieran Nanaimo B.C

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

One morning about a year ago, my big tough 25 year old son said he had been looking at animal welfare sites on the net the previous evening, and he had come across the worst thing he had ever seen regarding animal cruelty. He said he would never forget what he saw, the horror would stay with him forever. He would not tell me what it was, so I went through my list of animal rights issues, and came up with the slaughter of animals for fur in China, and was correct. He made me promise not to watch the video, but I told him I had already read all about it on the internet. The wholesale slaughter of dogs and cats because of the rabies outbreak is just another wicked example of their total lack of compassion or indeed their inability to do anything properly. Please take notice of the post above from Marina, and be guided by her suggestions - it is no good just not buying produce from China - they have to know you will not be buying it. Lastly my heart goes out to those poor people in China who have had their beloved animal companions dragged away from them and butchered. You are not alone, there are many, many people in the West who will fight with you for animal rights legislation in your country, and sympathise deeply for your current plight.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

I would just like to say that this kind of behaviour is sick and cruel and I for one would put financial restrains on China, until they changed their animal welfare politics.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

Barbarians...
Unfortunately look at almost everything you will see "Made in China"....Makes me sick.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

As China becomes one of the economic forces driving the world, we need to ensure they also become leaders on environmental and animal welfare issues. They are so focused on growing their wealth that they are forgetting their past, their roots as a nation. What about bear farming? I think the world needs to know the kind of things China is capable of doing, especially before the Olympic Games in 2008, in hopes they would realize the cruelty of their practices.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

BOYCOTT all Chinese goods! Hit these uncivilized creatures where it hurts...in the pocketbook. The Chinese are a dirty, uncaring lot as a race. I work around them every day and find their manners and habits dispicable. They treat people badly, why would they treat animals any differently. They eat cat and dog, so why protect them?? Stop buying WalMart products. All of it is made in China. If we refuse to contribute to their economy the situation will change over night!

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

I had never heard of the people of China skinning animals alive, although it wouldn't surprise me given the extent to which humans can be so evil. But there are also so many people who love animals, like me, out there. Frankly I would rather be around animals than people sometimes. I would do anything to stop this bizarre behaviour. I certainly won't be buying anything (or as little as possible, seeing as almost everything is MADE IN CHINA) that they produce. I hope we can act fast because the more we sit around and feel sad, the more loving, helpless dogs are mercilessly beaten to death.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago

I am not surprised. China's behaviour towards animals is despicable but since I saw the video of raccoons, foxes, rabbits being skinned alive for their fur, nothing shocks me any more. These are the same people that eat dogs and cats, eat seal penises to enhance their sexual potency or eat wild cats which ultimately caused the SARS epidemics. I am boycotting China and the world shoud boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Make your voice heard, for the animals.
Please sign my petition on this matter. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/9297190...

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