Everybody comes to beat sparrows

Dajia dou lai da maque
Bi Cheng - Everybody comes to beat sparrows
1956, September
Chaohua meishu chubanshe (朝花美术出版社) Beijing
76.5x52.5 cm.
BG E12/901

The campaign 'Kill the Four Pests' was directed against flies, mosquitoes, rats and sparrows. Sparrows eat grain from the fields, so they had to be killed. But sparrows also feed on insects, like locusts, that became a real plague once the sparrows had been exterminated.

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