Skip to comments.CHINA - 50,000 dogs killed to fight rabies
Posted on 08/01/2006 3:38:28 PM PDT by NYer
After three deaths from rabies, the local government ordered the blanket extermination of dogs. Pets were subsequently killed in the streets in front of their owners. Only police and army dogs were spared.
Beijing (AsiaNews/agencies) No less than 50,000 dogs were put down by government order after the death of three people from rabies.
In Mouding county in the south-west province of Yunnan, the massacre lasted five days and only military guard dogs and police canine units were spared.
Dogs being walked were taken from their owners and killed there and then. Other teams charged with slaughtering the dogs entered villages at night creating noise to get them barking. Then they went and caught them. Even 4,000 dogs immunized against the sickness were put to death in case the immunizations were not effective. Compensation of 60 US cents was paid for each dog.
About 360 of the county's 200,000 residents were bitten by dogs this year, with three reported deaths, including a four-year-old girl.
The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said that in recent years China has seen a major rise in the number of rabies cases, with 2,651 reported deaths in 2004. Experts say the increase is due to a major increase in dog ownership, particularly in rural areas where about 70% of households keep dogs. But it is also due to a very low rate of rabies vaccination that is only about 3%.
We'll hear a whole lot more outrage from Western nations over this than we will hear over the continual slaughter of Chinese babies born and unborn.
Yeah - I heard, and it was posted this morning already by someone...
I'm not gonna ping it... Mine is supposed to be a happy doggie ping list. This is just depressing :~\
My thoughts too...
Poor doggies. I love dogs.
They could have let that little boy take the dog on the bus, and millions of people would have paid to board it until they got relocated. I would have paid the whole tab myself.
Attempted eradication is an ineffective means of preventing the spread of rabies. Vaccination is a much more effective way. So far the spread of raccoon rabies into Ohio from West Virginia and Pennsylvania has been prevented by vaccine baits either dropped by a plane or placed by hand in a 20 mile strip up the border. Control of rabies in wild animals has also been achieved by the use of these baits in Canada and Europe. It's more expensive than going out and killing a bunch of dogs, but way more useful.
Just like that outrage we hear over all of the dogs that PETA kills?
Haven't they heard of the rabies vaccination?
Something about that story doesn't pass the sniff test. We're supposed to believe that China [!] executed 50,000 dogs because a few people got rabies? I don't doubt they did the deed; I simply doubt they did it for the pseudo-humanitarian reason given.
Don't think I wanna be over there if the ChinComs decide to fight the common cold.
That's for sure!!
dinner is served
Ran out of cats.
I had no idea the vaccine could be ingested.
I thought it had to be injected. I think that is great that they are able to put it into a bait.
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