I guess I am expanding my realm here on this blog. Certain things hit me, and hit me hard. This is one of them.
Can you imagine if President Bush came on TV and announced that EVERY dog in your area was going to be exterminated? Can you imagine if they gave you a time period – lets say two weeks to do it yourself or they would do it for you?
Your dog – the dog that catches balls for you or sleeps beside you at night, or warns you of intruders? Can you image also that you could not humanely kill this family member of yours. You cant have a gun or take it to the local vet to be humanely put down.
On this date, people would march into your neighborhood. They would carry mop sticks and metal pipes. They would bang on pots and pans to get your dog to bark, and when he did, they would beat him to death? Can you imagine such a barbaric behavior from any Country in this date and time?
Well it happened, and I THINK it happened twice. In April of 2006 SHANGHAI, China slaughtered 50,000 dogs in a government-ordered crackdown after three people died of rabies, sparking unusually pointed criticism in state media and an outcry from animal rights activists.
Health experts said the brutal policy pointed to deep weaknesses in the health care infrastructure in China, where only 3 percent of dogs are vaccinated against rabies and more than 2,000 people die of the disease each year.
The five-day slaughter in Mouding county in Yunnan province in southwestern China ended Sunday and spared only military guard dogs and police canine units, state media reported.
Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported. Led by the county police chief, killing teams entered villages at night creating noise to get dogs barking, then beat the animals to death, the reports said. Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their own dogs before the teams were sent in, they said.
Dog owners were forced to march pets to a public square and hang them from a tree.
I will warn you now, the photos you are about to see are graphic. (I saw even more graphic photos but decided not to post too many here) However, I think they need to be seen in order to understand the barbaric atrocity that happened.
Can you imagine seeing one dog beat to death? How about 50,000? They would beat them and throw them into trucks piled atop each other like garbage.
In March 2007 the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing announced ONCE AGAIN that all pet dogs will be killed as part of an anti-rabies campaign.
According to the article sited:
Residents of the city’s Wanzhou district have until March 15 to hand over their dogs, according to a directive seen Wednesday on the district’s official Web site.
“All the dogs in the area should be killed. A compulsory cull phase will begin after March 16. The forced cull will be carried out by the police,” the directive said.
The statement said government guard dogs and those animals kept for research institutions, military and commercial purposes would be spared.
Officials have rounded up dogs in other cities, such as Beijing, as they crack down on strays and unregistered pets.
A spokesman at Wanzhou’s Health Department refused to comment about the cull.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper on Wednesday quoted a Wanzhou health official, Ran Hua, as saying the move would combat rabies in the area. He said three cases have been reported within the last year, and the paper said one person died last month.
The slaughter of 50,000 dogs for similar reasons last August in Mouding county prompted sharp criticism from the press.
The official newspaper Legal Daily blasted the killings as an “extraordinarily crude, cold-blooded and lazy way for the government to deal with epidemic disease.”
“Wiping out the dogs shows these government officials didn’t do their jobs right in protecting people from rabies in the first place,” the newspaper, published by the central government’s Politics and Law Committee, said in an editorial in its online edition.
More than 2,000 people die from rabies each year in China.
The weird part is I cannot confirm if this happened or not. A lot of media on the April 2006 “Cull” (a nice way of saying we are beating your dog to death”) and articles stating that the March 16th 2007 “Cull” would take place. Please post or email me if you know what happened.