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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

Feb 19, 2018 Margaret Caffrey
Feb 19, 2018 leigh barry
Feb 19, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Feb 19, 2018 Josh Smith
Feb 19, 2018 Betty Kowall
Feb 19, 2018 Elona Ertner
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Donna Parker
Feb 19, 2018 April Johnson
Feb 19, 2018 PEGGY MORRIS
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Fabian Müller
Feb 19, 2018 Jennifer Tan
Feb 18, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Feb 18, 2018 Corinne Molaro
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Brenda Baker Long way to go before you act like a civilised society and respect peoples rights and humane treatment of animals
Feb 17, 2018 John Chambers
Feb 17, 2018 Patricia Hammerschmidt
Feb 16, 2018 Sheila White
Feb 16, 2018 NICOLE RIERA
Feb 16, 2018 Frances Santiago
Feb 16, 2018 Doris Dahan Rmeily
Feb 16, 2018 Caryl McIntire Edwards
Feb 16, 2018 Tanja Gistl
Feb 16, 2018 shirley Andersch
Feb 16, 2018 Monika Jakubik Stop this cruelty!!!
Feb 15, 2018 patty hart
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2018 ludmila vorobieff
Feb 15, 2018 Josephine Ansaldo-Nixoon Bastards, how can they do this? I have come to expect diabolical acts from these sick people and if I had my way, they would be the ones beaten to death!!!
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2018 Janey Simpson
Feb 15, 2018 Kiri Talbot
Feb 15, 2018 Susan M Maros Victoria
Feb 15, 2018 Martin Reifinger
Feb 14, 2018 veronique Charvet
Feb 14, 2018 Keith Bates
Feb 14, 2018 Elizabeth Taylor
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2018 Irina Didmanidze
Feb 14, 2018 Emelia Toilolo
Feb 14, 2018 Andreas Papapanagiotou
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2018 Mahalia Flückiger
Feb 14, 2018 Robin VanOstrand
Feb 14, 2018 Lili Shintani

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