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A Side of Rabies With Your Dog Meat in China

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Dog Culls

Chinese pet lovers are particularly outraged by dog culls, when government authorities round up and kill thousands of dogs in what they say is an effort to stem the spread of rabies. The culls usually require the execution of every dog in an area, including pets.

In August 2006, authorities called for a massive slaughter of dogs to stem an outbreak of rabies in the eastern city of Jining. Officials there ordered that all dogs found within a five kilometer radius of an area where rabies was found must be killed. A few days later 50,0000 dogs were killed in similar effort in Yunnan Province. Many of the dogs were clubbed to death in front of their owners.” According toa government official, clubbing had been chosen as the method of execution “because it was the most practical.”

During the cull, some dogs “were rooted out at night by making noises to get them barking. Only military and police dogs were [spared]. Sixteen people had died from rabies over eight months n the Jining area.”

Culls have “outraged” many Chinese.”Internet chat lines were filled with chatter on the topic. Pet lovers launched petitions demanding that the killing be stopped. Humane societies filed law suits against the government for demanding the deaths of animals that had been vaccinated against rabies.”

Periodic dog culls in rabies-hit areas have not stopped its spread” but have spurred many Chinese to action. “The far northeastern town of Heihe was forced…after public outcry to reverse its plan to kill every dog in the city, instead allowing each family to keep one small dog.”

Many areas have adopted this rule in imitation of the one-child rule, and dog owners have reacted with similar vehemence against it.These dogs are like family. How can you keep one and get rid of the others?” said Mrs Chen, a middle-aged housewife from Guangzhou. Mrs Chen is the owner of two dogs a Pekingese mix and a terrier mutt and would not give her full name because she feared that she might be traced by authorities who would then take one of her dogs.

As more people come to know and love dogs and cats, opposition to eating them will grow. But until that time comes, countless more animals will be killed, and more people will die of an easily preventable disease.

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9:57AM PST on Dec 31, 2014

Thank you

5:37AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

I hope they all get rabies.

2:09PM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Good. I hope each and every one who eats dog, which we all know is sadistically and barbarically tortured to death by these lovely Chinese and other Asians, dies of rabies or chokes to death - slowly - on their meal. Serves them right, they deserve to die. They get no sympathy from me.

1:49PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

God did not create dogs and cats to eaten. May God forgive me for writing this but I don't feel sorry for those who lost their lives murdering and sadistically torturing innocent animals for their satanic pleasures.

2:35PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

thanks for sharing

3:43AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

don't you just love their stupidity

5:53PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Serves them right. What matters is that they don't infect the rest of the world with their stupidity, cruelty and diseases.

5:59AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

I don't care at all if they die from rabis, I don't have any respect for Chinese, just like they don't have for people and animals

6:06PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Karma! No sympathy for them at all. Let this be a lesson to people in those countries who are thinking of killing and eating these beautiful animals in the very near future.

5:16PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

They eat cats too. been knowing it for years.

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