In the southern Chinese community of Dongguan in the Guangzhou Province, officials offered residents a reward, equal to $28, for killing any stray dog or unleashed pet during the coronavirus outbreak.
“We’ll reward people who capture and kill stray dogs,” local officials posted in a document titled ‘ a kind reminder.’ For each killed stray dog, we will give 200 yuan.”
According to the South China Morning Post, officials have since denied encouraging people to kill dogs insisting they were only regulating and enforcing the rules. Other residential communities have offered similar rewards – differing in rewards paid depending how much the dog weighed.
The announcement detailed regulations on how residents should keep their dogs and not forget to leash them since dogs without a leash would be considered strays.
The notice sparked outrage among citizens citing the lack of civility and the horrible lesson it would imprint upon children. Since then the notice is currently being rewritten with officials denying they were encouraging killing dogs.
The World Health Organization has dismissed claims there is evidence that the virus can be transmitted by pets.
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