Yahoo and the Belfast Telegraph are confirming that a complete and total dog culling is set to begin in a District in Jinan, China. Residents in the Dayang New District in the eastern city found the following notice posted on their gateposts, in what is a residential area made up primarily of high-rise apartment blocks. “No person is permitted to keep a dog of any kind. Deal with it on your own, or else the committee will organize people to enter your home and club the dog to death right there.”
People who answered calls Friday at the district government office said no one was available to discuss the matter. This culling is not in response to a rabies outbreak, as has been the excuse in past dog slaughters, such as the one in 2014 in which 5,000 pets were put to death in one city in that country. This extreme order covers both stray and owned animals, vaccinated and registered. One unidentified individual claimed the order was per ‘the will of the people in that area’, a District made up of more than 1,000 residents. The claim was that dogs were defecating in the city, and this was the decision of that government on how to contain the problem. China has few if any laws regarding animal welfare, and none regarding animal cruelty.
According to Web-Rover, the country also has few regulations regarding cleaning up after your pet, leash laws, etc. In Beijing, dogs are prohibited outside during the day, and if found outside, your dog can be confiscated and euthanized. If a dog grows taller than knee-high, then it can be seized by the government and euthanized. In the last 20 years, many residents of China have made dogs part of their family, despite the high registration fees they must pay to the government to keep one, and the overwhelming restrictions placed on ownership.
A cull of 30,000 dogs was ordered in Jiangmen in 2011, in a similar effort to improve sanitation in that city, with national experts stating, “People won’t accept it and implementing it will be difficult – you can’t break down doors to seize and kill dogs.” Yet just two years before that, in 2009, a cull of 36,000 dogs, both pet and stray, commenced in Hanzhong in Shaanxi and enraged animal lovers around the world.
None of this is surprising in a country which still supports, yet downplays or completely denies, the documented existence of the Yulin Dog Meat ‘Festival’, a topic which has previously been covered here by this Examiner. A ‘festival’ where thousands and thousands of dogs and cats are brought from slaughterhouses and stolen from people’s homes, some still wearing their collars, butchered and served up on a platter or in a soup bowl to residents and visitors of that country. There are multiple agencies and individuals fighting across the globe to put an end to this torture by shining a spotlight on the cruelty of Yulin, as well as on Sambok/Boknal, the dogmeat ‘festival’ held in Korea, and raising worldwide public awareness of these heinous events. There are many apologists who will exclaim ‘it’s part of their culture’, however there are increasing numbers of people who live in that culture who are joining the battle each year to outlaw these practices, ones that they, the residents of those countries, acknowledge and understand to be both savage and barbaric. To effect any significant change, the desire for that change must come from within and from without.