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Hong Kong Animal Lovers Protest Chinese Dog Purge

Way to go Hong Kong dog lovers! If any Dogsters participated in this protest and want to bark in, please do so! Thanks to The...

Joy  |  Dec 4th 2006


Way to go Hong Kong dog lovers! If any Dogsters participated in this protest and want to bark in, please do so!

Thanks to The Raw Story for this article.

Hong Kong animal lovers stage vigil for dogs killed in China

dpa German Press Agency

Hong Kong- Animal lovers in Hong Kong were Sunday preparing a petition to the Chinese government calling for an end to the culling of dogs in Beijing and other cities. Chinese authorities have allegedly been rounding up and killing stray dogs over 35 centimetres tall in the capital and other places as part of what authorities say is an anti-rabies’ campaign.

However, animal welfare groups claim that in some cases pet dogs have been forcibly taken from owners and bludgeoned to death by over-zealous officials.

Hundreds of Hong Kong animal lovers, many carrying their pets, took part in a vigil in central Hong Kong Saturday night to protest against the policy.

A petition signed by thousands of animal lovers in the former British colony outraged at reports of the dog killings is now being prepared to present to officials in Beijing.

David Wong, one of the campaigner involved in Saturday’s vigil, said an estimated 100,000 dogs had been confiscated or killed in China since the round-up began two months ago.

He said Hong Kong activists wanted to express their anger and appeal to the authorities to halt the killings which he described as “like killing family members.”

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