Dog Owner Sues China’s Web Censors After Banned Posting

ChenChen Yuhua is taking on the Chinese govenment.

This dog owner is furious that his Internet posting about dogs has been banned by China’s web censors. His posting was an attack on the Beijing municipal government’s regulations prohibiting any dog over 14 inches high and limiting each family to only one dog. He wrote that these limits were unreasonable and are enforced arbitrarily.

The posting had been put on Chinapet.com, a website that Chen and other dog owners who are trying to loosen official restrictions on their pets created.

After his post was banned, Chen wrote to the mayor of Beijing and to the city council. But he did not receive a response. He then consulted a lawyer and filed a lawsuit. The suit is a challenge to the legal authority of the Communist Party to decide what people in China can say and read on their computers.

As far as it is known, Chen’s filing is only the second time that a Chinese citizen has legally fought against party censorship. The first time was in August 2006 when a lawyer filed suit after his blog denouncing corruption was taken down.

After Chen filed his lawsuit, the district court, after referring to higher-level judges for advice, decided to reject his case.

“They said, ‘You know what things are like in China,’ ” Chen stated. “They said I should understand, since I was a former government official. They said this is a sensitive matter. But for me, that is not sufficient.”

Chen said he has been fighting for the right to own a dog of his choice since 2003. During 2003, two policemen came to his house and said he could not keep his two-foot-tall dog because of his height. His dog mated with another dog, and they produced a second large dog that is over the 14-inches-height limit. Chen has kept the dogs illegally, but he keeps a low profile and he said local police have not enforced the height limit on his dogs.

The next step for Chen is an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Source: Washington Post

(Thanks Stefani)

7 Responses to “Dog Owner Sues China’s Web Censors After Banned Posting”

  1. Stefani says:

    I think he is a very brave man!

  2. Elaine Vigneault says:

    This is so sad.
    1. Sad that they’re killing dogs because they feel they can’t control rabies any other way.
    2. Sad that they’re restricting dog owners to arbitrary rules of only one dog and only dogs under a certain height. And…
    3. Sad that they’re censoring public discussion about these policies.

    In the US, we’ve controlled rabies by educating the public about the need for rabies vaccines, requiring the vaccines by law, destroying animals with rabies, confining animals that may have rabies, and so on. It’s a shame the Chinese government thinks they must destroy all dogs in order to control rabies. From what I’ve heard, they won’t even spare dogs who have already been vaccinated. And they’re killing them inhumanely right in front of their owners. It’s horrible.

    It’s completely arbitrary because statistically, small dogs bite more often than large dogs. The larger dogs might do more damage with their bites, but they don’t bite as frequently. And both small and large dogs can contract rabies and be vaccinated against rabies. It’s completely arbitrary.

    And the censorship issue just makes it all the more horrible. Criticism is good for government and society. Criticism fosters growth and change. Criticism is a necessary part of a free society.

    It’s all just so sad.

    What can we do about it?

  3. e wem says:

    There are many stories of bravery from China in the Epoch-timesweb site. You can read of the illegal appellant prison in “Escapee Reveals Illegal Appellant Prison in Beijing” in their China News section

    http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-12-25/63239.html

    http://en.epochtimes.com/123,92,,1.html

    What would be a simple lawsuit here can get you kidnapped, beaten up, fired, imprisoned or disappeared with no recourse.

    I am so hopeful about pet ownership in China because I believe that pet ownership is a way to create compassion for these animals. The compassion is in everyone’s heart but by keeping people from getting acquainted with the sweet side of these animals it makes them commodities instead of personalities.

    This article shows the heart is there along with courage

    We don’t get to see the courage of the common Chinese in our news but web sites like the one above have many stories

    Our government has less than zero influence. However there is a great explosion of Christianity in China and their own government admits to 20 million Christians but underground churches may make the number 60 million.

    http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-11-20/62134.html

    Tiananmen Square showed the hunger for liberty. I keep praying for the sake of all. The pets have a champion!

  4. e wem says:

    There are many stories of bravery from China in the Epoch-times web site. You can read “Escapee Reveals Illegal Appellant Prison in Beijing” in their China News section

    http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-12-25/63239.html

    http://en.epochtimes.com/123,92,,1.html

    What would be a simple lawsuit here can get you kidnapped, beaten up, fired, imprisoned or disappeared with no recourse.

    I am so hopeful about pet ownership in China because I believe that pet ownership is a way to create compassion for these animals. The compassion is in everyone’s heart but by keeping people from getting acquainted with the sweet side of these animals it makes them commodities instead of personalities.

    This article shows the heart is there along with courage

    We don’t get to see the courage of the common Chinese in our news but web sites like the one above have many stories

    Our government has less than zero influence. However there is a great explosion of Christianity in China and their own government admits to 20 million Christians but underground churches may make the number 60 million.

    http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-11-20/62134.html

    Tiananmen Square showed the hunger for liberty. I keep praying for the sake of all. The pets have a champion!

  5. Concha Castaneda says:

    I think we have the power of embargo. We have the power to boycott the Olympics. We continue to claim powerlessness…imports from China that may or may not be poisonous shoved down our throats by businessmen in this country who will not stop their own greed at the expense of our safety. The power to effect change in China will have to come through boycott by individuals. Our politicians will favor the big business every time. Sooner or later the cheap, poisoned, merchandise will sit in the harbors; may this be sooner, rather than later! If enough of us boycott the Olympics (and all Chinese products), then it will not be making any money…rather it will be exposing up close the pollution and gross human rights violations outside the range of the Media attention span. Maybe if we look at stories such as this we can better understand that poisoning 7000 of our beloved pets doesn’t register with them. Hell, they probably don’t even know…they have been censored and protected from the consequences.

  6. Lynn says:

    I wish Chen Yuhua all the very best. He is a very brave and determined man to fight this and has my admiration.

  7. Thel Josenhans says:

    Dear Chen yuhua ,
    Americans , people , the rest of the world , are watching ,
    for we have seen pictures of China people , sliting the throat of a beautiful Germen Sheherd , for the fur , hanging kittens & cats , for there fur , we are so proud of a man , like you , that , knows , it doesn’t matter , how large , or small an animal is , & that , you should be free , to own , as many pets as you want , if , they are cared for , loved. China , could learn a lot from dogs & cats , they give love , joy , they don’t judge , people , by there size. What will they do next , if a child grows to tall …… kill them ?? There are sick minds , all over the world , we pray , China people , will , one day be free , to think , feel , show compassion for animals , to think for there self , not be given orders , by the Goverment , as if , they were just a, ” thing ‘, instead of a living , breathing soul ,that has a right to own any pet , they want . The world is watching ……… & our God , is so proud of you. I am so proud to know , there are good people in China , trying to bring change , to , make life , better for all the people , Thank you………. for being , the person , you are.
    T.K.J. Thel


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