Dogs Wrenched From Owners' Hands As China Massacres 50,000 Canines In Rabies Crackdown...

03/28/2008 02:44 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

China slaughtered 50,000 dogs in a government-ordered crackdown after three people died of rabies, sparking unusually pointed criticism in state media Tuesday and an outcry from animal rights activists.

Health experts said the brutal policy pointed to deep weaknesses in the health care infrastructure in China, where only 3 percent of dogs are vaccinated against rabies and more than 2,000 people die of the disease each year.

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