Pet dog killed by Chinese airport staff after escaping travel kennel
From Sina Weibo
For those who own pets, the thought of it being killed and the sight of its body with blood all over the place can be devastating, especially if it died under mysterious circumstances.
A net user going by the name ‘Meow Sunny’ wrote in her microblog that her dog, a 5-pound female poodle named Ge Ge, was brutally killed by staff at Haikou Meilan Airport on the afternoon of January 2, after it finished air travel from Beijing in a portable kennel as checked baggage. She was told by the airport workers that they acted in accordance with relevant regulations, as the dog escaped the kennel, and they couldn’t catch it.
Picture of poodle Ge Ge taken on January 1, 2012
Low-resolution picture taken by cellphone of Ge Ge’s body covered with blood
“My mom was on the verge of collapse when she was on the phone…” ‘Meow Sunny’ wrote in one blog post, “The travel kennel is spot-clean. The seal is not broken. The crate door was opened from outside. The porters at the airport confirmed that the dog was still safe and sound while being transported on the baggage belt. But it ran out ‘in the blink of an eye.’ Because they couldn’t catch the little kid weighing only 2.2 kilos, they had to kill it.”
Pictures of the poodle, Ge Ge, before it boarded flight HU7182 heading for Haikou, Hainan province, at Beijing Capital International Airport.
In another post published at 2:54 a.m. on January 3, she said, “(it) ran out of the crate back to the runway, threatened safety of other airplanes, and was killed according to law…So there must be video clips from the cameras at the airport runway, right? Okay, waiting for it.”
The first post was shared by over 22,000 users and received 6,360 comments, and the other was also reposted several thousand times. Many netizens responded with indignation over the airport and believed that instead of taking its life, the airport should have used other means and equipment to control the dog, such as tranquility dart and net gun.
The next day, ‘Meow Sunny’ published a much more detailed and well-phrased post in her blog.
“This morning, my mom told me that someone from Hainan Airlines said to us over the phone that they feel sorry about Ge Ge’s death…Mom conveyed the following three points to them, to which there was no reply and only silence:
1, Is there any evidence to prove the necessity of launching the emergency response (and kill Ge Ge immediately)? Ge Ge, after all, is a pet dog. If it could truly run all the way from the baggage belt to the runway, if it had truly put other passengers and travellers in imminent danger, and was killed according to the regulation, we will accept it as a heavy lesson without uttering a word of complaint.
2, Please explain how the pet managed to escape by opening the door forcibly from outside without damaging the standard air travel kennel that has passed muster.
We are convinced that little Ge Ge did not ‘escape’ the travel kennel herself. Whatever your purpose was, the person who got her out, you would’ve at least thought she was very cute, wouldn’t you? How could you have the heart to beat her to death?
3, If you managed to beat her like this, you must have been pretty close, right? Why couldn’t you hold her in your arms? Why beat her to death? ”
Pictures of undamaged travel kennel with unbroken seal from Beijing Capital International Airport.
Haikou Meilan International Airport announced on its official Weibo page, “We express our deep regret over the accidental death of the pet dog on the afternoon of (January) the 2nd. We have already begun investigation into the matter with Hainan Airlines. As for the development of the follow-up investigation, we will run updates immediately.”
Ironically, a news story that tells of a similar dog drama at the airport captured Chinese netizens’ attention, and was recounted in a Weibo microblog post that “@”mentions both ‘Meow Sunny’ and the verified Weibo account of Haikou Meilan International Airport. On December 17, 2011, a dog running loose from its owner forced Manchester Airport to shut down its runway, turn away an International flight and delay a dozen flight before frantic staff finally caught it. (See here) “Look at them! Learn from them! Why even dogs in China are inferior to their foreign counterparts?” Many commenters asked.