While the Chinese government has done far worse things in the last sixty years, this latest incident is notable both for its brutality and for the positively ironic response by the animal-rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Associated Press reports that starting last week, the government of China killed 50,000 dogs to control a rabies outbreak.

Hearing nary a peep from PETA about the Chinese government’s regular, hideous abuses of its human animals’ rights, we’re now treated to a sudden dose of concern from these animal-rights activists:

The killings prompted calls for a boycott of Chinese products from the activist group People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“We are urging everyone to actively boycott — not a word we use lightly — anything from China given the bludgeoning killing of thousands of dogs,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said.

That’s a brave thing for Newkirk to say, especially considering that PETA has killed over 14,000 animals since 1998. As we’ve reported before, two PETA employees are currently facing trial on charges that they illegally euthanized cats and dogs in the back of a van, including kittens they took from a veterinarian with the promise to deliver them to a good home. Taking a page from Newkirk’s playbook, we are urging everyone to actively boycott — not a word we use lightly — anything from PETA given the hypocritical killing of thousands of dogs and cats.