Pet Dogs to be killed!

United States
March 7, 2007 10:18am CST
What would you do if this ever happened where you live? As Asia is one of the highest populated country in the world and only 4 cases of rabies had been reported I find this mass extermination of animals to be unbelievably extreme. China District Orders Pet Dogs Killed Mar 7, 8:01 AM (ET) By DIAMOND CHENG HONG KONG (AP) - All pet dogs will be killed in a district of the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing as part of an anti-rabies campaign, the government said. 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. http://story.news.ask.com//article/20070307/D8NNBFR80.html
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22 responses
• Singapore
7 Mar 07
China is... China. I would say we need to look at it as a case by case basis. It is only when there is really no way to determine if the dogs have rabies and when the danger has become critical should mass culling takes place.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
Even though China seems to be more mainstream now, people have to remember it is still a communist country and plays by different rules. I am not surprised by their overreaction to this issue. Just look at their policies regarding having children, especially girls. And you better watch your back if you decide to express your belief in God. I don't know why the rest of the world treats China with kid gloves. Lloyd
8 Mar 07
this is a country that eats dogs!!! barbaric!! so they really are not going to give two hoots about pets anyway. Here in the UK we are a nation of animal lovers and wouldnt dream of eating mans best friend. A mass cull is not needed as a rabbid dog can be spotted a mile away, just an excuse to kill a load of dogs if you ask me, probably going to cook them up for the goverment and their "spared" dogs to eat.
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• India
8 Mar 07
this is posible only in communist countries",according to seviority of disease we must take actions.but how they taken such decision with only three cases",if it happened in my place i will reapply on vridect and fight to my strenght and i will take care of my pet not to be killed in such a way
@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
It's very sad that the dogs on that area would have to suffer such an extermination. You know, I have a dog too and it might drive me crazy if anybody would kill him. But lets face it: the people on that area might be in great peril - their lives are exposed to a threat that . Maybe their officials are just thinking of the quickest to get through, and however we twist the world, human safety should always come first. I just hope these official would come into a better solution to this problem.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I would move.. I love my dog way to much. I dread the day when I have to put him down. I would run with him. lol. Theres no way. I dont see why They cant test all teh dogs or give them all shots to prevent this. A mass killing is just plain sick.
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
8 Mar 07
This is insane!Do they not have vaccines in China?If the dog has been vaccinated there is no reason to put them down!To kill all the dogs in the area because of 3 cases is unreal!
• Lithuania
8 Mar 07
wtf they don't have right to kill the pets. If they'll kill all the dogs ill go and talk to them(right punch, left kick, dropkick)
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@egay679 (152)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
i also live in an asian country and mind you, we have several cases of rabies here and even unsolved ones but our govenment do not go overboard by killing ALL dogs just for the sake of exterminating the disease. we have preventions and measures that we consider so as to avoid being victims of such. all dog owners must see to it that their pets are vaccinated every year. stray dogs must be impounded to avoid spreading of disease coz usually, stray dogs are the great potential carriers of rabies. only such killing is done when the dog has rabies.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
8 Mar 07
This is a sad, sad story. Some of those dogs are children's pets. I don't think Asian people have the feelings we do for animals. At least not for dogs. My brother served in Vietnam and the soldiers were often invited to parties in the villages. When he learned that the food served at these shindigs in the village was often dog meat, he started to bring along his own K rations.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Well all I can say is "that's China for you" I don't like the way China is run. I am not predjudiced against chinese people as I see each person as an individual. But you would never catch me going to china or buing anything made in china intentionally. I do not like china and what it does as a country. I don't think you would ever see anything like that in the USA. That is so rediculous it's almost funny. I guess these things happen when you live in a communist country.
@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
I think that this seem s to be a massive overreaction by the government whilst I am not a dog owner I do love (most) dogs! If there was a problem with rabies and people were in danger (think of all the innocent children) then there should definitely be testing of all possible carriers! If infected animals were found then there would be a case for putting those animals to sleep but I do not see how an action such as this can possibly be justified! I would be devastated and bewildered if I were in this situation!
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@thepack (32)
• United States
8 Mar 07
its sad glad we havent gone to such extreams
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Geeeeeeeeeee,Don't they vacinate ? Are vacinated pets also being put to sleep ?What are they thinking? My dogs are members of our family.I would hide them or sneak them out of the city. Maybe because I don't understand the culture but I just don't! These knee-jerk reactions are what has almost caused breeds like the sharpei,chow,and some others to almost become extinct.Of course that was because they were eaten . I agree that people should not be put in harms way but there has to be another way. Is this a done deal? Are they going to carry this out. It is outrageous. Raydene
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
8 Mar 07
It is well known that many copuntries in Asia place less value on animal life, than many of us in Western Countries. This seems an extreme action to take, although I can well understand the need to eliminate rabies. Why can't they take better care of theior dogs instead? There is an organisation called "Animals Asia" that campaigns for the welfare of native animals and pets in Asia.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
7 Mar 07
That is totally stupid. A whole 3 cases. That sounds like they just don't want anyone to have pets. It is just crazy. It just shows the government can do anything it wants.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Mar 07
I would say that is very unfair of that government fo rall they have to do is find the rabbi dogs if only 4 should be easy to do and kill them you see they arent going to kill the government dogs! Quarnteen those around the dogs that have it for 10 days if they have it kill them too but I dont think it is fair to kill all the pet dogs very unfair as I said before . I would fight for mine for they never go out of their yard!
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@jeb083079 (840)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
That's too bad for pet lovers especially dog lovers. They will have to keep their dogs inside and watch them also. They should also register them and have them vaccinated of anti-rabies.
@stailgate (2363)
• United States
8 Mar 07
this does seem a little extream for only four cases being found. I can see why strays would be put down, they have no vaccinations, but why the family pets? I think if you cannot show proof that they were vaccinated they should be spared, but if not, then yes, maybe put down as a percaution.
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@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
8 Mar 07
My dog's like my brother. No one touches my dog.
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@alen0224 (528)
• China
8 Mar 07
In my opinion, what the government has considered is not wrong but the measure of killing all the pet dogs is completely unfair to those dogs who never had had rabie virus with them. Before carrying out the measure, the government should carefully consider the whole thing and make a fair decision to whatever the government wants to deal with.
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