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Animal cruelty comes in all shapes and forms, from neglect and lack of care to deliberate abuse. Care2 is calling for signatures on a petition to help catch a man responsible for dragging a dog by its neck behind him as he drove a scooter through the city of Shantou in Guangdong, China.

Video footage released by iFeng shows other people trying to tell him the dog is still attached to the scooter, to no avail. The man was well aware of his action and continued to drive, only stopping when a bystander bought the dog to stop the animal’s suffering.

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China currently has no law which protects animal welfare or prevents cruelty. However, New York-based organization Human Rights in China created a draft for such a law in 2010. The draft suggested a fine of up to 6,000 yuan ($940) and two weeks’ detention for those found guilty of animal cruelty, but no such legislation is yet in place. Perhaps Guangdong needs to take a leaf out of the book of Shijiazhuang city, which has started a program to ensure dogs are treated with respect. That this man has yet to be prosecuted for this act of cruelty is outrageous to animal lovers everywhere.

Without such protections for animal welfare, it falls on organizations such as PETA to try to find this culprit. Jason Baker, vice-president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said in their report, “animal abusers take their issues out on vulnerable victims, but often, their targets aren’t limited to animals.”

As animal lovers, it is impossible to imagine how anyone can be so cruel to a defenseless animal. We take cats and dogs into our homes not only as pets but as companions. These animals become members of our family; can any of us imagine being as cruel as to put a chain around the neck of one of our relatives and drag them through the street?!

Please sign the Care2 petition today to demand Shantou city officials in Guangdong province take action to find this brazen animal abuser and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.

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