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Walking your dog down the street should be a pleasure, not a threat to life and liberty. In China, however, simply taking a pet out for a walk may be all the reason a local Chengguan needs to brutally beat and kill the animal, possibly coming after the distraught owner if met with any resistance.

The Chengguan, deputized members of the Chinese City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, are charged with making sure pets are licensed. They work all over the country, from the poorest villages to the fastest growing cities. But, their tactics often include violent displays, bludgeoning dogs, cats, and other pets with pipes and bamboo sticks as their owners are held down, throwing the corpses onto a truck, and burning them in mass graves.

This behavior has earned the Chengguan the status of some of the most hated officials in China, according to The New York Times [1], and their notoriety extends from cruelty to animals, to assault on humans in some cases. While anyone without immediate access to their animal's registration papers when the Chengguan ask may be held aside while their pet is destroyed, those who resist face physical retribution.

In 2013, a man using his phone to record Chengguan inspecting a street peddler's cart was subsequently beaten with hammers until he spit up blood, Radio Free Asia reports [2], later dying from those injuries at a hospital. And resistance toward the Chengguan seems to be growing, as there have been rising incidents of the agents themselves being targeted in revolts against their actions.

Fight Dog Meat [3], a website founded by rescue worker Michelle Brown, has equated the brutality of the Chengguan to gang violence. Brown cites a report from August 4, 2016, when "the Alum Town government of Padang village, ordered a dog killing team to go door to door and kill every pet dog they could get hold of after a local man died of rabies days earlier. The air was filled with the screams from helpless pet owner's as their dogs were forcibly removed and bludgeoned in front of them. Children wept uncontrollably."

It is illegal in Beijing to own a dog with shoulders taller than 35 centimeters (almost 14 inches), The New York Times [4] reports, while 40 specific breeds, including Dalmatians, Collies, Weimeraners, and Boxers, are banned categorically, labeled to be "large and vicious." But it is also clear that the Chengguan's treatment of animals goes well beyond enforcing a regulation.

Sign to tell China's Ministry of Public Security to protect these animals immediately, implement practices which ban the City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau's brutal and deadly tactics when confronting pet owners.

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To the Chinese Ministry of Public Security,

The brutal actions of the Chengguan, carried out daily on the streets of ever Chinese town, amount to nothing more than sanctioned gang violence and must be put to an immediate end.

Animals, as well as humans, have a right to live. But those rights are seemingly threatened whenever Chengguan approach a pet owner for questioning. Beating animals to death when someone cannot immediate produce an expensive license is intolerably cruel, and serves no purpose but to terrorize.

In recent years, incidents of Chengguan aggression have prompted riots, driven by residents so upset over this gross imbalance of power that they would swarm those civil servant.

Animals are being killed by the hundreds, while their owners are held down, and often brutalized themselves, and the rest of the world is not willing to let this continue.

There is no reason to believe this situation will improve if the Chengguan remain able to carry out their brand of enforcement. It is, however, within your power to implement policies and that outlaw the scare tactics and violence the Chengguan are using against people in China, and I implore you to do so now.


Petition Signatures

Aug 14, 2018 Lauren Hartung
Aug 14, 2018 Gayle Moore The Chengguan need a taste of their own medicine, perhaps then they will stop this barbaric treatment of animals. The Chengguan are sick people who need to be done away with.
Aug 14, 2018 Jane Phillips I think these people are psychos they should be battered to death themselves dogs are the most beautiful animal in the world STOP hurting them now you barbaric monsters
Aug 14, 2018 Maria José orobitg i della
Aug 14, 2018 Lori Bryant
Aug 14, 2018 Jane Eade
Aug 14, 2018 Lindy Coop
Aug 14, 2018 Janet Moore
Aug 14, 2018 Allison Turner
Aug 14, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
Aug 14, 2018 Julia De F This brutality is obviously out of control. The government must control these monstrous people.
Aug 14, 2018 Yvi John
Aug 14, 2018 Anne Smee Please stop this barbaric action towards dogs and their owners. It is a disgrace to human kind
Aug 14, 2018 Sabine Herting
Aug 14, 2018 Kristine Litstrom
Aug 14, 2018 Caroline Monroe
Aug 14, 2018 Alice Sella
Aug 14, 2018 Mandy Muller
Aug 14, 2018 Mihaela Georgescu
Aug 14, 2018 Beverly Miranda
Aug 14, 2018 Kristin minett
Aug 14, 2018 david McKenzie this brutal action must be stopped . please protect the dogs and cats that are being abused and killed.
Aug 14, 2018 Sylvia Davies This is disgusting
Aug 14, 2018 Cleopatra LaTouche
Aug 14, 2018 Juliana Fadeyev
Aug 14, 2018 John Grimes Killing dogs for profit must stop!
Aug 14, 2018 Ronald Letrent
Aug 14, 2018 Karen Hornberger
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Gillian Hawkins This needs to stop now, the world is watching these barbaric acts. If you want to call yourselves civilized then behave as if you are.
Aug 14, 2018 Marcia Myers
Aug 14, 2018 Pat Farina China has struck a new low ... again. More animal abuse in that country is hardly a surprise anymore.
Aug 14, 2018 Christelle Coupé
Aug 14, 2018 Denise Dohery Not acceptable under any circumstances.
Aug 14, 2018 Debbie Donnellan
Aug 14, 2018 Kate Raymond
Aug 14, 2018 Lori Petterson I am sickened by this.
Aug 14, 2018 Ana Gruber
Aug 14, 2018 harry hiddes
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is inhumane and has to stop!
Aug 14, 2018 Bogdan Antoane
Aug 14, 2018 Louren Knopp-Wilson
Aug 14, 2018 Lily Kazantzi
Aug 14, 2018 anne gruetzner
Aug 14, 2018 Gail Johnston
Aug 14, 2018 christina ch
Aug 14, 2018 Tia Douglass
Aug 14, 2018 Lynda Chabane The brutal murder of innocent dogs must stop !! The entire World is disgusted with these countries for not putting a ban on this vile cruelty.....THE MURDER MUST STOP.
Aug 14, 2018 Jamie Petsitis I can't believe what I just read. Inhumane is too gentle of an adjective to describe what's happening in Chengguan.

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