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Chifeng city dog slaughter
17 August 2009
Animals Asia has received information from contacts in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia that the Hongshan district police office has instigated a policy of indiscriminate dog slaughter. The authorities in Chifeng City issued dog-management regulations to the people of the city back in 2003.
The authorities claim that in recent years, the behaviour of dogs and their guardians has become out of control. Therefore in August 2009, the police issued an official announcement forbidding dogs and dog guardians from:
1. Raising large dogs and dangerous dogs in the downtown area of Chifeng City.
2. Entering markets, shops, restaurants, parks, public greenbelt, schools, hospitals, movie theaters, gymnasiums, pleasure grounds, bus stations, airports, streets, resident communities, and other public areas.
3. Walking dogs on the street and footpath.
4. Entering public vehicles and elevators.
If anyone gets out of line, the police will kill all such dogs….
Evidence of this slaughter has been confirmed by the online news agency sina.com at
[Please be warned this link contains disturbing images]
Animals Asia is saddened and appalled by these actions being carried out by the Chifeng authorities and the development of archaic rules to regulate dog-guardianship in the city and control street-dog populations.
Animals Asia, in partnership with Chinese animal-welfare groups as part of the “Friends of Animals Asia Alliance” has written to the Chifeng authorities calling for an immediate end to this mass slaughter, and asking the authorities to consider a “grandfather” approach allowing people to keep the dogs they have and, once they have died naturally, instructing owners not to replace them with other dogs. This will at least allow owners to keep their beloved family members. Our coalition letter is below.
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Explain, politely but firmly, that the policy is cruel, heartless and ineffective, and paints the people and government of Chifeng in a very poor light.
Urge the Chinese authorities to persuade the Chifeng City government to abandon this carnage in favour of a humane trap-neuter-release and vaccination programme, as recommended by the WHO, and animal-welfare organisations worldwide. Please urge the authorities in Beijing to allow dog owners to keep the dogs they already have and allow them to live out their natural lives.
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Newsletter relevant to:
Mr Chu Bo
Secretary of the CPC Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regional Committee
Hohhot City 010055
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Peoples’ Republic of China
Dear Mr Chu Bo,
The undersigned organisations jointly call on the Chifeng City authorities to stop the indiscriminate killing of innocent dogs.
We have received information from contacts in Chifeng City reporting the Hongshan district police office have instigated a policy of indiscriminate dog slaughter. Information suggests the police are implementing dog-management regulations issued in 2003 which forbid all dogs from entering the public areas of the city, forbid people from walking their dogs on the streets and forbid large dogs in the downtown areas. Dogs found in public are being brutally slaughtered. This mass slaughter is being publicised worldwide via the sina.com website.
We are appalled at this slaughter, and ask you to put a stop to this immediately.
We also appeal to you to adopt internationally recognised methods of street-dog population management. The mass slaughter of street dogs is an ineffective way of controlling dog populations. Innovative solutions to the problems of stray-dog control, such as "Animal Birth Control" programmes coupled with effective waste management, are being adopted throughout the world, with statistically proven results: shelter intakes are down, “nuisance” animals greatly reduced and most importantly – the incidence of rabies has dropped dramatically.
Data from Chennai in India shows a comprehensive animal birth control and vaccination programme was far more effective in reducing street-dog numbers and rabies than mass slaughter; Chennai has seen a reduction in human cases of rabies from around 120 per year to 5 per year since 1996.
International health organisations recognise mass vaccination of dogs as the most effective method of controlling canine, and by extension, human rabies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states "there is no evidence that removal of dogs alone has ever had a significant impact on dog population densities or the spread of rabies".
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) states "Animal vaccination remains the method of choice to control and eradicate rabies". The Alliance for Rabies Control also states that the most effective method to successfully eliminate rabies is the use of organised mass vaccination campaigns.
I refer you to the “Humane Dog Population Management Guidance”, published by the International Companion Animal Management Coalition and available at
Clearing city streets of dogs only encourages other animals from the surrounding areas to take their place, potentially spreading disease. A stable, desexed and vaccinated dog population can help prevent rabies by keeping dogs from other regions away.
A recent online opinion poll suggested that more than 70% of respondents in China also oppose such dog slaughters. The dog management regulations and cull in Chifeng City runs counter to the progress made in other cities in the field of urban animal management, Beijing, and more recently Hehei, have stopped indiscriminate slaughter and are looking at more enlightened and humane methods of dog population management and rabies control.
If the dog-killing continues, the image and reputation of Chifeng City, the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia and China as a whole, will suffer in the eyes of the world. This misguided slaughter of innocent lives must end.
As a coalition of international and Chinese animal-protection groups that have always welcomed and supported China's progress, we appeal to the Chinese authorities to end the dog massacre once and for all.
Our supporters worldwide are expressing grave concern about the unnecessary suffering in Chifeng City. While we encourage our supporters to continue monitoring the situation, we wish to adopt a positive approach. To this end, we are ready to offer appropriate expertise and practical resources to help localities with the provision of information on the appropriate care of pet dogs and the problem of dog overpopulation and disease control.
We would also be prepared to set up a task force with the aim of sharing information on internationally accepted methods of humane dog population management, dog registration, and mass vaccination.
Over the past 30 years, China has made incredible progress. We believe that engaging in dialogue with international experts on urban animal management will represent another big step forward for China in the eyes of the world. We hope to be able to make a positive contribution to this part of China's development.
Animal Welfare Director
Animals Asia Foundation
Tel: (44) 01579 347148
Fax: (44) 01579 347343
On behalf of the organisations listed below:
Shan Tou Cat Lover Association
Fu Zhou Pet /Fu Zhou Small Animal Protection Website/Fu Zhou Cat
Beautiful New World (Beijing)
Zhang Zhou Small Animal Protection Association
Shen Zhen Stray Dog Posthouse
Chengdu Home of Love Small Animal Rescue Center
Xia Men Animal Protection & Education Association
Chong Qing Small Animal Protection Association
Wu Han Stray Pet Rescue Centre
Xi’an Red Guava Companion Animal Rescue Center
Han Dan Small Animal Protection Website
Chang Sha Small Animal Protection Association
Si Chuan Qi Ming Small Animal Protection Centre
Nan Jing Ping An A Fu Stray Animal Rescue Association
Kun Ming Stray Animal Rescue Alliance
Ha'er Bing Small Animals Protection Association
Guang Yuan Bo Ai Small Animal Protection Association
Favor the World Online Forum
Han Dan Small Animal Protection Website
Humane Society of United States
Shan Xi Xi Jing Companion Animal Rescue Centre
Letter copied to:
1.Yang Jing, Chairman of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
2.Wang Zhong He: Mayor of Chifeng City
3.Mr Peng Qinghua, Director, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Area
4.Ambassadors of the Chinese embassies of the UK, the US, Australia, Italy and Germany.
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