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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

Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Genevieve Haven
Jan 17, 2018 Anna Borys-Malek
Jan 15, 2018 Gulden Comic
Jan 15, 2018 MICHELE Beger
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 michele martin
Jan 14, 2018 Edeltraut Renk
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Debra Glass
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 Rick Thomason
Jan 14, 2018 Laura Poquette This is shocking! Why would any human being do something so cruel & violent? You have the power to change this horrific behavior. Please demonstrate your power to create change for the benefit of both humans & their beloved pet family.
Jan 14, 2018 Annie Blanc
Jan 14, 2018 therese kiefer
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Joan Maynard
Jan 13, 2018 alice jena
Jan 13, 2018 May Doyle
Jan 13, 2018 Sari Toivoniemi
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Mary Hatzigiannis
Jan 13, 2018 Deborah Ackles
Jan 13, 2018 Jamie Thomas
Jan 13, 2018 Julie Punchak This is horrible and needs to stop!
Jan 12, 2018 Miska Knezevic
Jan 12, 2018 Sandi Bowen
Jan 12, 2018 Juanice Burroughs
Jan 12, 2018 Ana Mendes
Jan 11, 2018 chris thomason Help them
Jan 11, 2018 Diana Clark
Jan 11, 2018 Ralph Plumlee
Jan 11, 2018 Nicole Goberdhan
Jan 11, 2018 Katie Morgan
Jan 11, 2018 Susie Hutchison This is a complete violation of human decency..completely disgaceful
Jan 11, 2018 Victoria Bustamante
Jan 11, 2018 Nancy Harris STOP!
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 10, 2018 Stacey Riccardi
Jan 10, 2018 Francine Jones
Jan 10, 2018 yo pere
Jan 9, 2018 Mary Sier
Jan 9, 2018 Beth Hukill
Jan 8, 2018 Bonnie Windedal Please stop this murderous practice! Just reading about it sickens me. These are family members! How can you condone this practice? It's no different than if they went door to door and beat children to death!
Jan 8, 2018 Harold Broten
Jan 7, 2018 Heather Denney
Jan 7, 2018 Tina Arnette
Jan 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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