In an effort to combat rabies, the Chinese government has, in the past, ordered people (in certain provinces) to hand over their pet dogs to be killed in what seems, to me, like a case of throwing out the baby with the bath water. Last year, 50,000 dogs were killed in Yunnan Province, China, many of which were pummeled to death in front of their owners. For many people, pets are like children, so how devastating must that have been?! Now, a district in the city of Chongqing has just mandated that all dogs be destroyed, although government guard dogs, research animals and those kept for military and commercial purposes, for some reason, would be exempt. Owners have until March 15, to voluntarily hand over poor Fido, otherwise the police will forcefully remove the animals.
I understand the need to contain the rabies problem in that country, but rather than arbitrarily slaughtering thousands of household pets, why not implement mandatory rabies inoculations for pets? It would seem like a simpler solution, but the Chinese government, for some silly reason, is always reluctant to admit to its inability to control certain health issues. Anyone remember Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)? China turned out to be 'ground zero' for SARS. It took almost 3 months before they actually reported the epidemic to the World Health Organization (WHO), which resulted in major delays in controlling the deadly outbreak. Only a very small percentage of household pets are vaccinated against rabies (approximately 3%), which is ridiculously low.
Why not vaccinate rather than exterminate? I'm sure Fido and his owner would prefer that option.