A Chinese neighbourhood is offering 23 GBP for every stray cat or dog killed on the premises after many animals were forced to fend for themselves amid city lockdowns due to the coronavirus.
Residents of the Wanjiang Community in the city of Dongguan in the south-eastern Chinese province of Guangdong have reportedly been told by their management office that any animal found without a lead will be killed.
Meanwhile, interested parties will receive a payment of 200 CNY (23 GBP) for every stray animal they kill, according to local media.
The alleged incentive was included in a notice that told residents to make sure their pets are licensed and kept on a lead in public zones at all times.
The community management office said that any animal without a lead will be considered a stray.
Anyone who kills a stray will receive 200 CNY once it has been confirmed by a community security guard, according to reports.
One outraged female resident told local media: “It’s such a barbaric rule. It’s not what a civilised society should do!”
Another community member said: “If children see this, they won’t believe that they should love animals.”
A resident called Zhang claimed that his pet dog had been missing for a week and he is now concerned that it has been killed.
He has reported the matter to the police.
A community management spokesperson, surnamed Long, said the notice was meant to make residents more responsible for their pets.
He added that the notice has since been withdrawn and will undergo amendments before being reposted.
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