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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

Apr 21, 2018 Cate Abicht
Apr 20, 2018 Elizabeth Coyne
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Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 19, 2018 Heta Rousi
Apr 19, 2018 Deja Brown
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Apr 19, 2018 Steinunn Axelsdóttir
Apr 19, 2018 Lily Wong
Apr 19, 2018 Michele Murphy
Apr 18, 2018 Lisa Crawford
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Apr 18, 2018 J Miller
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Jana Williams
Apr 17, 2018 Betty Chan
Apr 17, 2018 Monica Riedler
Apr 17, 2018 Brian Adams
Apr 17, 2018 Brandi Jung
Apr 16, 2018 Linda Payne
Apr 15, 2018 Dianne Dungay
Apr 15, 2018 Adina Stephen
Apr 15, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Apr 15, 2018 Grace Sciortino
Apr 15, 2018 Natalie Bailey
Apr 15, 2018 lisa Weston Bialy
Apr 15, 2018 Barbara Buckley
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Apr 15, 2018 Екатерина Гусакова
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Heidi Handsaker
Apr 14, 2018 manuela wolter
Apr 14, 2018 Vallee Rose
Apr 14, 2018 Sudeshna Ghosh
Apr 14, 2018 JoAnn Shuleski
Apr 14, 2018 Amy Regan
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 Jesse Gennarelli
Apr 14, 2018 John Brewer
Apr 14, 2018 wendy smith
Apr 14, 2018 Georgette Murray
Apr 14, 2018 pat rollo
Apr 14, 2018 James Gardiner
Apr 14, 2018 Wendy Andersen
Apr 14, 2018 miroslav cibulka
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Macmillan
Apr 14, 2018 Pat Parsons

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