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The little-told story of the WWII pet cull

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:38 PM

At the beginning of World War II, a government pamphlet led to a massive cull of British pets. As many as 750,000 British pets were killed in just one week. This little-discussed moment of panic is explored in a new book.

The cull came as the result of a public information campaign that caused an extraordinary reaction among anxious Britons.


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 08:27 PM

Great article that.

It seems unpalatable these days but then again, those of us who haven't wondered if we would survive the night or where our next meal was coming from have never had to deal with such things in the past 60+ years. It must have been awful but a real world reality, especially from a time when you literally did what you were told.

Imagine a modern-day scenario such as an outbreak of a deadly Worldwide disease carried exclusively by Cats and/ or dogs and the directive went out that all such animals were be is destroyed - The majority would likely conform but there would be plenty who would resist, thinking that they could likely stay exempt, quickly followed by those who would take things into their own hands to prevent a localised outbreak.

It would be scary stuff indeed.

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