Dogs being seized and beaten has been taking place across China for years. The law against dogs being loose on the street and pet owners walking dogs without current dog registration or on a leash has been in place for years. For the most part the law is not enforced, until a significant event happens. In the last week a child was bitten in the face by an unleashed dog. The child suffered horrific injuries causing outrage among non animal lovers. Officials in Beijing responded by enforcing the law, seizing unregistered dogs and dogs not securely leashed.
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For years I’ve been writing about China beating people’s dogs to death. Across the country foreigners and locals are equally set upon by officials. Some people have taken too long to produce their dog’s registration to waiting officials, from inside their coat, and their dog has been forcibly removed and taken away. Pet owners who argue are struck to the ground under the threat of much worse to come. Previously I’ve spoken of people being held on the ground seeing their loved pet being bashed on the ground, just out of their reach.
One man was on his way to get his dog’s registration when officials approached him, pushed him to the ground and beat his rescue dog to death in front of hm. He was a foreigner who was left traumatized and outraged. Despite speaking up about his beloved dog, causing world wide condemnation, nothing changed.
I have traveled extensively through China four times so far. Last year I saw countless numbers of obvious pet dogs running loose on the streets late at night in the big cities. Some of the dogs wore little outfits and some wandered dangerously close to busy traffic. These dogs were not lost; they were having a run around by themselves, from owners too lazy to walk them.
Dogs running loose on the street become fodder for city officials to beat to death, or take away and lock up in government holding locations (to rot and die), or become fodder for dog snatchers to sell into the dog meat trade. It was obvious that loose dogs zooming around weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic was annoying to many people walking on pedestrian pathways.
In a dog and cat meat country such as China, pet dogs should not be running loose on the streets. Pet owners need to be vigilant about protecting their pets, not letting them cause havoc on the streets. The small number of people who do this cause grief for the larger number of good pet owners, who are punished for the behavior of others.
There is confusion regarding dog registration.
“The official dog registration period for renewing licenses of already licensed dogs is May 1 to June 30 each year. Dogs that are applying for their licenses for the first time may do so at any time during the year. All dog licenses expire on April 30 every year, regardless of the date on which you initially registered.”
“The Public Security Bureau emphasized that owners should always carry their dog licenses with them when out walking their dogs. Should a Public Security or other official approach you about your dog, make note of his or her ID badge number of number on the uniform. You can call the hotline numbers for the Beijing Public Security Bureau and Chengguan Bureau to speak to supervising officers.”
Late last year a horrific scene took place when an older lady discovered all her stray dogs which she fed every night, were beaten by officials. The dogs were critically injured but still alive, writhing in agony and in various stages of dying. Volunteers fell to their knees and wept on the road, wailing in despair and shock!
These brutal acts take a toll on people who love animals. The helplessness and pain in their heart becomes overwhelming. They become engulfed in grief, heaped upon them by others. Until China implements animal protection laws nothing will change. So consequently Fight Dog Meat will continue to expose the systemic animal cruelty being exercised across China, with no accountability for justice.
Earlier this year the Golden Retriever, which some people named Cola, was publicly beaten to death by a city official. The dog’s story went viral around the world, to a sea of outrage against China. Demands were made for animal protection laws to be immediately implemented and enforced. China’s response was silence, ignoring the wave of hate directed at it’s lack of action against blatant animal cruelty.
Maybe its because of the massive population, but human life is often seen as cheap in China. While human life is cheap, so are animal lives. Change will not come in a hurry but what we do now is laying down the path for the trade to end.
On Saturday August 25th, 2018 Fight Dog Meat is hosting a world event to call for an end to the dog and cat meat trade and abolish greyhound exports to China. Please mark your calendar so you can take part on the day. More details to come.
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