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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 17, 2018 Vivian Hernandez
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is horrible and someone needs to put a stop to this!
Aug 17, 2018 Sara Tabak
Aug 17, 2018 William Hipkins
Aug 17, 2018 Dianne Croft this is barbaric - it is also what happens when untrained, ignorant people are given responsibility beyond their abilities
Aug 17, 2018 Jan Churchwell This is sickening!
Aug 17, 2018 Veronica Goode
Aug 17, 2018 paula Burkitt
Aug 17, 2018 Julie Ferguson
Aug 17, 2018 Susan Detloff
Aug 17, 2018 Teresa Woods
Aug 17, 2018 Melissa Smelser
Aug 17, 2018 Rebecca Roberts
Aug 17, 2018 Giacomo Tomasoni
Aug 17, 2018 Deborah Chaperon I can't find any words to say how disgusting this is. What a wonderful world it would be if we could get rid of all humans that don't have kindness and compassion for all animals.
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) ALL Violence towards animals must STOP !
Aug 17, 2018 Anna María Ingólfsdóttir
Aug 17, 2018 Sally Cutting
Aug 17, 2018 Quinten Putnam Instead of viewing Chinese as wise when I hear about animal abuse like this I think of China as a backward country of barbarians and savages
Aug 17, 2018 vince kelly
Aug 17, 2018 Lori Chow
Aug 17, 2018 jaclyn bisanz
Aug 17, 2018 Yukari Nishimura
Aug 17, 2018 Anthony Calvelage
Aug 17, 2018 Nancy Roeber
Aug 17, 2018 Peggy Mahle
Aug 17, 2018 Roslyn Riall
Aug 17, 2018 Valerie Weber
Aug 17, 2018 jessica tarki
Aug 17, 2018 Daniela Bress
Aug 17, 2018 Christine Karstens
Aug 17, 2018 Jani Sainio
Aug 17, 2018 Anne Reavis
Aug 17, 2018 Janet Larson
Aug 17, 2018 Caroline Salfati
Aug 17, 2018 lisa c
Aug 17, 2018 E WOLTHUIS
Aug 17, 2018 Jennifer Battis
Aug 17, 2018 mary Adamski
Aug 17, 2018 Ruth Griffiths Brutal vile immoral chinese regime, its like something out of the dark ages! they havent moved on by 2018.I boycott all chinese goods
Aug 17, 2018 Jacqueline Jones
Aug 17, 2018 Tina Petrunka
Aug 17, 2018 tina jones
Aug 17, 2018 Kris Winther PLEASE STOP this inhumane treatment and join us in the 21st century where civilized societies DO NOT act this way.
Aug 17, 2018 Pablo Bobe
Aug 17, 2018 Brooke Miller
Aug 17, 2018 Helen Yanulevius
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2018 Mark Bodzislaw

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