Target: President of People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping
Goal: Reverse the unjust order to seize and detain all large dogs in Beijing
A recently activated order in China’s capital city of Beijing calls for the capture of any “large” or “aggressive” dogs within the bounds of the city. The order claims that removing potentially threatening dogs is an attempt to increase public safety, and demands that dog owners relocate their pets outside of city lines within ten days of the new law. In their goal to capture and “detain” these large and aggressive dogs, Beijing officials appear to be mainly focusing on large dogs altogether, whether or not the individual animal displays signs of aggression. Large dogs are considered any that are above 35 centimeters (13.7 inches) in height, meaning that the order specifically targets Beijing’s top three most popular breeds: Labradors, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers.
Most alarmingly, the order encourages Beijing residents to report people known to have large dogs to authorities. Those who accurately identify owners of large dogs are not only protected by anonymity, but will also receive cash rewards for divulging information. Furthermore, police and law enforcement officials are allegedly to be given incentives, most likely monetary in nature, to capture “at least ten dogs per officer.”
In theory, the large dog capture order is an attempt to control the rampant stray dog problem in Beijing. Large packs of dogs wander every part of the city causing health issues and sometimes even attacking residents. However, the law fails to limit itself to the capture of stray dogs alone. Dog owners will be required to show proof of registration at any given time, even if their pet is below the size restrictions of “large dogs.” Stray dogs, large and small alike are subject to capture and even large dogs that are registered are likely to be removed. Some allege that police have even removed large dogs from private homes.
The order does not detail what will happen to dogs once they are detained, though it does assert that dogs will not be returned without “proof of registration.” However, no official statement has yet been made on the fate of these dogs.
Demand that this incredibly inhumane and wrongful order be stopped.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
While it is true that the innumerable amount of stray dogs in Beijing is surely a problem that must be addressed, the recent large dog capture order is a severely flawed attempt to control this problem. The new order targets all large dogs, regardless of whether they are strays or pets, based on the assumption that large dogs are inherently aggressive. However, this is simply not true. Furthermore, the order fails to limit the capture of dogs to just large dogs, as any dog, even those smaller than 35 centimeters can be captured and detained if an owner fails to present registration on the spot.
This law is an unjust attempt to remove an enormous portion of Beijing’s dogs under the guise of promoting public health and safety. It is not only cruel, but an embarrassment to the city of Beijing.
I strongly urge you to immediately stop the large dog capture order in Beijing and instead attempt to control the stray dog population in another, more humane manner that does not indiscriminately target all dogs.
[Your Name Here]
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