In villages in China, people are dying of rabies. Sixteen in one village as of Friday.
The response? Kill all the dogs. It's been pretty ugly. (In Seattle we do something similar with Canadian geese; not because they kill people, but because they are messy.)
Persons for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are putting s stop to this massacre in China, thank goodness. They are canceling $300 worth of orders for products made in China. This clever move - truly unexpected and crippling in its financial impact - will surely pressure the Chinese into ending this horrendous practice and force them to vaccinate their canine hordes against rabies. A campaign to spay and neuter will surely be next.
Without ludicrous and ineffective symbolic gestures, this animal rights organization would have no press at all.
Coming up next: the 2008 Olympics, 100% dog free. Stay tuned!