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August 2010: Animals Asia has received news that Jiangchuan County provincial authorities have begun a mass slaughter of the dog population, reportedly as a method to control the potential for a rabies outbreak. Current internet reports as of 20 August suggest some 2900 dogs have already been killed.
On the 18 August, the South China Morning Post reported: YUNNAN - The government of Jiangchuan County has declared that, out of humanitarian concern, the entire canine population must be annihilated by the end of this week, the Chuncheng Evening News reports. Official statistics say more than 1,600 residents have been bitten this year - a high figure, considering there are only about 20,000 dogs in the county.
Animals Asia has written to the Jiangchuan county authorities pleading for them not to take this action, passing on our recommendations for humane dog management regulations and the development of a rabies vaccination programme to prevent a rabies outbreak.
Jiangchuan government have responded to say that they are killing dogs to save the lives of the people in this area, and their action conforms to the regulation of Chinese rabies prevention.