Saturday, September 16, 2006

Condemn Mass Dog Slaughter In China

Chinese officials brutally killed 50,000 dogs as part of a crackdown on a rabies outbreak.

Urge China to adopt widespread rabies prevention and vaccination before this happens again!

I am shocked and deeply disturbed. I recently found out that officials in a southwestern Chinese county brutally slaughtered 50,000 dogs in a government-ordered crackdown after three people died of rabies. Tell the US Ambassador to condemn this animal cruelty and prevent more from occuring.

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.

What's worse, the slaughter was completely preventable. Had the government been more attentive and proactive about rabies vaccination, rabies would not have become a problem in the first place. Only 3 percent of dogs are vaccinated against rabies and more than 2,000 people die of the disease each year.

Take Action.

Regardless of cultural differences, 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 vaccinations to protect human health and prevent the unnecessary loss of animal life.

Sign this petition calling on the US Ambassador to China, Clark T. Randt, to urge the Chinese government to adopt a rabies prevention program that protects animals from the disease and inhumane crackdowns if outbreaks occur:

Thank you for making a difference today!

Agata Gussmann,
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

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