Despite animal protection groups condemning indiscriminate killing of dogs instead of vaccinating them, the killing still continues. In May 2009, after reports of bites from rabies infected dogs, and the death of 13 people, a government order was issued to Laozhuang Township residents of Chenggu County, which is part of Hanzhong city.
The order demanded that dog owners kill their dogs within 48 hours or have them killed by the military police. It was not only stray dogs who were to be killed. Registered pet dogs were too.
Desperate owners began shipping their beloved dogs to relatives in neighboring provinces but not all dogs escaped. Over 240,000 dogs were vaccinated against the disease but city workers killed any unattended dogs they found in the street. An estimated 40,000 of them were brutally beaten to death.
Heartbroken by the horrendous scene, we, together with 14 other animal rescue groups in China, went to Shaanxi and pleaded with the Hanzhong government to end this unneccessary and indiscriminate killing. Other groups telephoned and emailed the government offices and international animal rights groups started petitions signed by tens of thousands of animals lovers. Despite our pleas all the dogs in the city were killed.
Earlier in 2009, a dog cull in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province was stopped in response to mounting pressure from domestic groups and international organizations.
Dog eating has become widespread in some parts of China in recent years. Dog eaters say that the meat keeps them warm in Winter but when Summer Solstice arrives the dog meat cools them down. Such hypocrisy means we are fighting all year round to stop this. Your donations help us to do this by staging education events.