(Right Country) – China has always had a rather brutal culture. Now it seems the threat of the coronavirus is ramping up violence in the most unusual of ways around the country. Animal activists in China are reporting that groups of Chinese “community officers” are going around beating stray dogs to death using sticks to, apparently, prevent them from spreading the deadly virus.
You just can’t make this stuff up, folks. We wonder though, if they are still eating bat soup?
Nanchong Stray Animal Rescue provided video to MailOnline allegedly showing an officer striking a canine with a large wooden staff and another worker removing the body of another dog.
The footage is said to have been filmed at a residential complex in the city of Nanchong in Sichuan Province, China.
The animal rescue group sent MailOnline a full video of the attack, but the outlet decided to edit the more violent sections out “due to its graphic nature.”
Officers allegedly told community residents, “As long as [we] see a dog in the complex, no matter if it is on the leash or not, we will beat it to death.”
Nanchong Stray Animal Rescue released a statement following the release of the video:
At the crucial point of fighting the epidemic, the management office and community officers should have disinfected the neighbourhood, recorded information of visitors, supervised suspected patients under quarantine, or even given care to the psychological stress and trauma residents got from the epidemic. But instead, [they] ignored citizens’s love and appeal for animals and killed lives at will without giving notice or seeking permission.
However, Nanhu Committee officials claimed the workers were culling a stray dog who had bitten someone.
A Humane Society International (HSI) spokesperson said, “The advice by the World Health Organisation that there is no evidence dogs and cats can be infected with the virus, needs to be heard throughout China.”
As of Tuesday, COVID-19 has resulted in at least 1,018 deaths and more than 43,130 people infected in 28 countries and territories around the world.
So, just to get things straight here. The Chinese people apparently thought it was a good idea and a delicacy to indulge in eating “bat soup” which includes an entire dead bat carcass but now stray dogs, who can’t even get the virus, are the problem? Talk about insanity.
Fear of the coronavirus is really driving people to the extremes in China and understandably so. The outbreak is believed to be far worse than Chinese authorities are actually reporting and Chinese people are rightfully concerned and scared.
Thousands of people are sick in the streets and many more are dying than is actually being reported. We can’t blame the Chinese for being scared of the spread of this deadly virus but nonetheless, surely common sense would kick in at some point and they would realize that killing dogs is not likely going to save anyone’s life.
In the meantime, we can only hope that the Chinese people have decided that perhaps eating cave-dwelling, bacteria-infested, flying rodents may not be the most prudent thing to do moving forward.