If you’ve been in China for a while, you will more likely than not have been a witness to the frequent scuffles between street sellers, store owners and the guys from the city cops, or the 城管, who are technically not “police” but rather “city administration” and “street management” guys. Most illegal street sellers and hawkers like your DVD salesmen and lamb kebab guys will typically just pack up their stuff and make a quick disappearance, and then come back as soon as the annoying city cops are gone. It’s just part of the cat and mouse game that they have to get used to if they want to make a living, but what did one Beijing pet seller do to “escape” from them? A Youku mo-blogger tells us [Translation by Shanghaiist]:
Street seller Mrs Liu says that around she and her husband were selling their little pets at the underground subway near An An Market at 11am, when suddenly a Jinbei car pulled up by the roadside and out popped a city cop with four or five assistants.
The city cops wanted to bring away the animals, but Mrs Liu just would not have it. “My husband started panicking and started smashing the animals on the ground, saying that he would rather do this than give them to the city cops.” An eye-witness said that as he was passing by he saw many animals all dead on the ground, and only two dogs were barely struggling to stay alive.
This reporter saw on-site that about a dozen animals had been smashed to death against the ground, including rabbits, dogs, terrapins. One was completely flattened by the vehicle. “The animals are innocent!” Even the dozen or so people that had gathered by now agreed that smashing the animals against the ground was too cruel.
A city administrator from the Taiping Bridge team said that Mr and Mrs Liu had been selling their animals for about 3 years now. Normally, city cops would fine illegal sellers such as tese anywhere between RMB500 and RMB5000, and confiscate all goods. When they started smashing their animals against the ground, the city cops themselves were startled. “We’ve been doing this for so many years, this is the first time we’ve seen someone reacting in such a cruel manner!”
“This is a sad episode for the city administration. A dozen animals have died unnecessarily,” said Lu Huohuo, Chairperson of the China Animal Protection Association, who suggested to the Taiping City Administration team that they should have stepped in to stop the sellers when they began to smash their animals against the ground to stop the sad event from happening.