Target: Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing, China
Goal: Stop the senseless killing of harmless pets in the city
Recently a small pet dog was brutally beaten to death by Beijing city officials right in front of the owner’s horrified eyes. The pet owner, a British citizen working for an international company, had recently adopted the dog and was taking a casual walk in the city with his pet when city officials intervened. They asked him for the pet’s documents, which the owner had not yet received following the recent adoption. Upon hearing the owner’s explanation, officials reportedly held the owner back and swiftly beat the dog four times before disposing of its small, dead body in a trash bag.
The regulations for owning pets ban any dogs taller than 14 inches, and 40 breeds of dogs including Dalmatians and collies that are typically viewed as harmless in other countries. These rules have become stricter due to a recent increase in the number of people who have died from rabies. This poor dog was within regulatory guidelines and was properly vaccinated, however the rules give no leeway for not having the proper papers with the owner at all times.
Co-founder of the International Center for Veterinary Services, Mary Peng, recommends that all pet owners carry all required documents for owning a pet. These documents include the pets’ registration papers and the receipts for purchasing the pets. Yet under no circumstances can the senseless slaughter of pets be considered acceptable. Call on Beijing’s Mayor to enforce more humane enforcement of pet registration laws.
Dear Mayor Anshun,
I am writing to urge you to stop the senseless killing of harmless pets in your city. Recently a properly vaccinated, small adopted dog was brutally killed by Beijing officials right in front of his owner, who was understandably traumatized. These acts are unnecessary, and claim the lives of innocent animals while causing harm to the beloved pets’ owners.
Please come up with more peaceful solutions to manage pets that may not have their proper papers on-hand at the moment that officials ask for them. The death of this fluffy, beloved dog could easily been prevented had the rules allowed for more flexibility in the examination of pet papers. I ask that you change the stringency of the pet ownership rules, and bring justice to the poor owner who had to witness the killing of his beloved pet.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: AFP via The Telegraph