Say NO to mass dog slaughter in China

  • by: Care2
  • target: Clark T. Randt, U.S. Ambassador to China
Officials in a southwestern Chinese county brutally slaughtered 50,000 dogs in a government-ordered crackdown after three people died of rabies.

Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot. Killing teams also entered villages at night creating noise to get dogs barking, and then beat the animals to death.

Had the government been more attentive and proactive about rabies vaccination, the killings wouldn’t have been necessary. Only 3 percent of dogs are vaccinated against rabies and more than 2,000 people die of the disease each year.

Regardless of culture, the brutal killing of innocent life, human or not, is unacceptable. This must not happen again in the future! It is essential that the Chinese government place an emphasis on widespread rabies vaccination to ensure human health and prevent the unnecessary loss of animal life.

Sign this petition to call on the US Ambassador to China, Clark T. Randt, to urge the Chinese government to adopt rabies prevention as a rule.

Dear Ambassador Randt,

I am deeply appalled to learn that officials in a southwestern Chinese county brutally slaughtered 50,000 dogs in a government-ordered crackdown after three people died of rabies.

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This was not humane euthanasia. Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot. Killing teams also entered villages at night creating noise to get dogs barking, and then beat the animals to death.

This is an extraordinarily crude, coldblooded and lazy way for the Chinese government to deal with disease. Had the government been more attentive and proactive, the killings wouldn’t have been necessary.

Health experts say 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.

This must not happen again in the future. Regardless of culture, the brutal and unnecessary killing of innocent life, human or not, is unacceptable.

As an American, I ask you, as my Ambassador, to urge the Chinese government to stop this type of government-sanctioned animal cruelty in general, and more specifically urge them to adopt a rabies prevention program that will prevent rabies outbreaks in the future.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your address]
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