Community fighting coronavirus offers residents reward for killing stray dogs

Community leaders in China are offering to pay residents £23 to kill stray dogs in a controversial move they claim is designed to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Local officials in Guandong, a coastal province in south east China near Hong Kong, made the shocking pledge in a document titled "A Kind Reminder".

They said: "We will reward people who capture and kill stray dogs.

"'For each killed stray dog, we will give 200 yuan (£23).'

The order was issued by leaders of the province's Wanjiang community after repeated problems between some residents and "rule-breaking dog owners".

And under the rules, any dog not on a leash when out in a public place could be considered a stray dog and would be considered fair game.

Authorities have denied accusations that they were encouraging the killing of dogs.

They claimed they were regulating pet-keeping in the area by enforcing the rule.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) still insists there is no evidence that shows the Covid-19 virus can be passed on by animals.

But backlash against the new statement was almost immediate.

"It's such a barbaric rule. I found it ridiculous,' one woman told the local press.

"It's not what a civilised society would do."

The notice is now in the process of being re-drafted because "its content was inappropriate", a spokesman from the Wanjiang community, known by his surname Long, told Kankan News.

"We wanted to regulate keeping pets. We are not encouraging killing dogs," Mr Long added.

  • Coronavirus
  • World Health Organisation
  • Animals
  • China
  • Dogs

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