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愛動物人士寫信抗議 中國決定停止捕殺狗

2006年12月27日
ENS中國,北京報導;李育琴、游珮綺編譯;蔡麗伶、莫聞審校

北京停止捕殺大型狗(圖片來源: Sirius GAO)來自世界各地以及中國境內關懷動物人士寄寫了成千上萬的信件,力促中國國家主席胡錦濤停止國內捕殺狗政策。《南華早報》引述胡錦濤的話指出,他對於國際媒體對此事件的負面報導不甚滿意。

北京和其他中國城市的警察日前強行進入養狗民眾家中,捕捉沒有登記或超過35公分高的狗,此舉引起了民眾的憤怒不滿。據說,有些狗就在牠們的飼主面前活活被打死。

寄給胡錦濤的眾多信件中,包括了一封由6萬名來自全中國的愛動物人士簽署的信。根據北京警察局給國際動物福利基金會(IFAW)的公開聲明表示,民眾的來信對警方帶來壓力,因此停止了這項行動。國際動物福利基金會是一人一信反捕殺運動的發起團體。

該基金會執行長蓋伯瑞表示:「IFAW現在希望中國政府進一步重整北京的養狗法規,鼓勵飼主更有責任心,讓北京在迎接2008奧運時,有個有效又有人性法規。」

動物亞洲基金會創辦人兼執行長羅賓遜在一封給胡錦濤的公開信中表示,「雖然我們充分了解預防狂犬病爆發的必要性,但野蠻地屠殺狗並不是解決問題的答案,而且許多狗還是家庭備受疼愛的寵物。」

羅賓遜在信中建議政府採取全面必要的登記作業、微晶片識別、疫苗注射和結紮計畫,以及充足的狗訓練中心。她寫道,「我們也強烈建議政府考慮對寵物飼主和寵物店提高稅賦,並且立即關閉所以的狗販售市場。」

北京的捕殺狗行動從2006年10月底開始,中國官方當時表示,為了打擊中國9月爆發的狂犬病,該疫情奪走了318條人命,因此捕殺狗是必要的行動。官方估計北京市大約有100萬隻狗,而北京人口為將近1300萬人。

China Ends Dog Crackdown
BEIJING, China, December 22, 2006 (ENS)

Tens of thousands of letters from concerned animal lovers around the world and across China have persuaded Chinese President Hu Jintao to halt a national anti-dog crackdown. The "South China Morning Post" quoted the Chinese President as saying he "was unhappy about the complaints and international media coverage" of the crackdown.

Police in Beijing and other Chinese cities sparked outrage by entering the homes of dog owners and confiscating dogs that were either unlicensed or over 35 centimeters (14 inches) tall. Some dogs were reportedly beaten to death in front of their owners.

The deluge of letters included one that was signed by 60,000 animal lovers from across China. It created the pressure for the police to stop the crackdown, according to a statement by the Beijing Police Bureau to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW, which spearheaded a letter-writing campaign in opposition to the crackdown.

"IFAW now hopes the Chinese government will take the next step and work on reforming Beijing's dog regulations so that responsible dog ownership will be promoted and Beijing can welcome the 2008 Olympics with a humane regulation that is scientifically based," said Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW Asia director.

In an open letter of thanks to President Hu, Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of the Animals Asia Foundation, said," While we fully understand the need to prevent an outbreak of the deadly rabies virus, the savage slaughter of dogs, many of which are much-loved family pets, is not the answer."

In her letter, Robinson recommends that authorities undertake "comprehensive and compulsory registration, microchip identification, vaccination and de-sexing programmes, as well as affordable dog training centres." "We would also like to strongly suggest that the authorities consider raising taxes for pet breeders and pet shops and that all dog markets are closed immediately," she writes.

The crackdown started in Beijing at the end of October. Officials said it was necessary to fight rabies which claimed 318 lives across China in September. Officials estimate there are about one million dogs in Beijing, a city of nearly 13 million people.

作者

李育琴

站在南方的土地,用平躺的島嶼歷史視角,說環境與人的故事。炙風拂面,腳踏黏土之時,試著讓心保持冷靜。

蔡麗伶(LiLing Barricman)

In my healing journey and learning to attain the breath awareness, I become aware of the reality that all the creatures of the world are breathing the same breath. Take action, here and now. From my physical being to the every corner of this out of balance's planet.