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Dogs ordered killed after rabies outbreak

August 2, 2006


— China slaughtered 50,000 dogs in a government-ordered crackdown after three people died of rabies, sparking unusually pointed criticism in state media Tuesday 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. Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their own dogs before killing teams were sent in, reports said.


Linda Endicott 11 years, 4 months ago

And they're fools, too. Dogs are not the only animals that carry rabies. Even if they eliminated all the dogs in the country, people would still get rabies.

Katie Van Blaricum 11 years, 4 months ago

this is truly unbelievable! I thought China was civilized. What kind of country would beat its' pet dogs to death?? I suppose the same kind of country that eats dogs. However, this is entirely unjust and inhumane. Even the killing of innocent dogs with drugs would be outrageous, but I can't believe the police would catch you out walking your dog and beat it to death. This is horrific! 50,000 innocent dogs! Perhaps the government could have mandated that all pet dogs recieve a rabies vaccination instead. Why was this not done??

freudian_slip 11 years, 4 months ago

63 cents a dog? I guess this was muchn cheaper than testing them all for rabies. I can't imagine having someone stop me in the street and beat my dog to death right in front of me. I guess bullets would have cost money too. More than the 63 cents? This is crazy.

primepeng 11 years, 4 months ago

By the way what's with the bush article?

Linda Endicott 11 years, 4 months ago

Rabies can also be carried by racoons, skunks, foxes, bats, and coyotes. How can they be sure that rabies is only being passed along by dogs? They can't.

primepeng 11 years, 4 months ago

Rabies has killed 2600 people in China since 2004, more serious than the bird flu attack.
Too few people living in the rabies prone region can afford for the vaccine. In India the vaccine is limited and many people continue to die... There must be a way to stop rabies before the second move if the rabies rate does not reduce in the future. Every citizen who used to rear dogs was given 63 cents for each dog killed by order. China can control the human birth rate, but dogs don't listen to government. Although I think this is unethical, but what can be done??

primepeng 11 years, 4 months ago

rabies spread through bites from dogs and other animals. That's the main cause of rabies infection. Iin China 70% of the residents keep dogs as their pets and less than 3% of the households provide rabies vaccine to their dogs. And rabies infection to human is mainly caused by the dogs in China and including Latin America, more seriously than other countries.

primepeng 11 years, 4 months ago

you didn't read the news. many households keep dogs as their pets in China and less than 3% of 70% households DO NOT give their pets rabies vaccines. They were willing to kill the stray dogs in exchange for 63 cents, indicates that many of the china people are poor. What if your dog has rabies and you don't give it a vaccine. you can't hide it from any police officers because it spreads to your families very quickly just like bird flu virus...except worse. Rabies can kill a person less than 3 years. and probably your neighbours start worrying and moves away from your home.

Other animals with rabies virus are potential rabies carrier, but they have less contact with human.

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