But how about this nugget of government activism in one rural county: they've beaten to death 50,000 dogs after three people died of rabies (if you're a sensitive type, don't follow the link, don't look at the photos):
A county in southwestern China has killed as many as 50,000 dogs in a government campaign ordered after three people died from rabies, official media reported Tuesday.I hate that sometimes animals in danger incite more outrage than human suffering or death. Maybe it's just because we can empathize better with animal suffering - to deal with human death is simply too taxing, so we take what we can handle when Fluffy heads for that great cat tree in the sky. Then again, in this case, even allowing for the challenges facing rural, presumably poor Chinese local governments, this sort of action seems beyond the pale. Beaning roving Rovers, okay, maybe - but people's pets snatched from their leashes? And it's government sponsored. Oh boy.
The five-day massacre in Yunnan province's Mouding county spared only military guard dogs and police canine units, the Shanghai Daily reported, citing local media.
Dogs being walked were taken from their owners and beaten on the spot, the newspaper said. Other killing teams entered villages at night, creating noise to get dogs barking, then honing in and beating them to death.
Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their dogs before the teams were sent in, the report said.