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Over 54,000 Dogs killed in China

Does this image upset you? It should.

Does this image upset you? It should.

The southwestern Chinese county of Mouding massacred at least 54,429 dogs this week, ostensably to prevent the spread of rabies.

Roadblocks were set up to prevent anyone leaving with dogs. People were offered about 63¢ to kill their dogs, or they could wait for the authorities to come and beat them to death on the spot. I guess I can see why some people opted to electrocute their own animals and take the money.

Even China’s famously fascist official news sources think this was a bad thing:

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.

PETA has called for a boycott of Chinese goods, and has cancelled $300,000 worth of orders.

You can (and should) contact China’s Ambassador to the U.S. to register your disgust and to advocate for sensible rabies prevention:
His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 328-2574
Fax: (202) 328-2582

For the full story, here’s a long version from the AP or a shorter recap from the BBC. (Thanks to reader Fran Savarick for letting us know about this.)

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