Target: Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing
Goal: Demand that Chinese officials stop their inhumane campaign against innocent household pets
On a recent Sunday morning in Beijing, the owner of a small dog named “One-Eyed Jack” was out for his morning walk, when he was confronted by a group of city management officials who proceeded to beat his dog to death right before his eyes. The officials, known as Chengguan, first demanded to see the man’s pet registration. When he attempted to explain to them that he did not have the registration papers as of yet because he had just gotten the dog vaccinated and was still waiting to receive them, one official stepped forward to hold the man back while the others beat the dog with sticks before taking the body away in a bag and leaving the man dumbfounded on the street.
This assault comes right in the middle of Beijing’s annual dog registration period in which all pet owners are required to pay an annual fee or risk confiscation of their pet and a large fine. Even keeping up-to-date on fees and registration is no guarantee of a pet’s safety, however, as some dog catchers have admitted to operating under quotas of 10 dogs a day, which can be accomplished through enforcement of confusing license requirements or vague and incoherent breed and size regulations for city dogs. This crackdown is purportedly for the purpose of controlling rabies outbreaks, although One-Eyed Jack had been vaccinated and rabies is not specific to size or breed.
Chengguan, who officially exist to enforce city ordinances like vendor permits and sanitation rules, have long been known in China for their selective enforcement and excessive use of force. The indiscriminate abuse and murder of companion animals is not an acceptable nor a successful pest management strategy. Demand an end to this brutal and pointless crusade against dogs.
Dear Mr. Wang Anshun,
Beating a man’s dog to death in front of him in public is a policing strategy of thugs and terrorists. This story is being read by the international community, and it colors Beijing as a backward and brutal place where violence wins out over rule of law and where the government cannot control its own enforcers.
Allowing city officials to murder people’s beloved family pets is not helping to contain rabies, it is perpetuating the violent actions of a violent and abusive group, and should not be tolerated in a civilized society. Please see that the perpetrators of this crime receive justice, and set a new precedent for animal control based on humane and effective management practices, rather than brutality and terror.
[Your Name Here]
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