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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

Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2017 deb cheshire
Sep 19, 2017 Barbara Cabrera
Sep 19, 2017 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Sep 19, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 19, 2017 R Mathoorasingh
Sep 18, 2017 Desari Erickson
Sep 18, 2017 Sue Bedrick
Sep 18, 2017 Sonja Nielsen
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 17, 2017 beth stern
Sep 17, 2017 Maryse SUZANNE
Sep 17, 2017 Samantha Cooch
Sep 17, 2017 Michele Miller
Sep 17, 2017 Patricia Malherbe
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 Liliana Fiorini
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) HELLO,THIS Should NEVER HAPPEN EVER!!!!
Sep 15, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Sep 15, 2017 Petra Heistermann
Sep 14, 2017 Dee Kruger
Sep 14, 2017 Lesley Thomas
Sep 14, 2017 Lin Oliver
Sep 14, 2017 Pat Redner
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 mary pattison
Sep 14, 2017 Kellee Bertone
Sep 14, 2017 Anastasiia Rudova
Sep 14, 2017 Christine Herdon
Sep 14, 2017 Anja Kruger
Sep 14, 2017 Antina Schmidt
Sep 14, 2017 Joke Brussen
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Orahood
Sep 14, 2017 Fitna Franzke
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 Patricia Flynn-Williams
Sep 14, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Sep 13, 2017 Binou Renardinette
Sep 13, 2017 Wendy Rothman This must be stopped. This is so cruel and inhumane.
Sep 13, 2017 Anna Krohn
Sep 13, 2017 Marlys Young
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 13, 2017 Monika Jakubik Shame on you China
Sep 13, 2017 lisa fields DON'T!!
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Maureen Romero
Sep 13, 2017 Debra Carter
Sep 13, 2017 lisa bonaventura

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