South Korea's profound indifference to their unimaginable suffering...

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Gyeonggi Province's Cruelty!

Call for Action: Contact Governor of Virgina, Florida, Utah, British Columbia(Canada) and Queensland (Australia) to Help Stop the Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Gyeonggido Province, South Korea!

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Boycott South Korea!

Petition: Boycott Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG until S. Korea bans the dog and cat torture and consumption!

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Seoul's Dog Meat Markets!

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Gyeongsangnam-do's Horrendous Cruelty!

Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland: Tell Sister State, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

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Sign Petitions! Sign and share petitions! “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” ~Albert Einstein
"세상은 위험한 곳이다. 악마같은 이들의 온갖 악행, 그 때문이 아니라 그것을 보고도 방관하는 다수의 사람들 때문이다" ~알베르트 아인쉬타인

Can You Imagine Eating Your Best Friend?

SOUTH KOREA! CULTURAL DIFFERENCE?
OR PARTISAN TO THIS BILLION DOLLAR ILLEGAL TRADE AND HEINOUS CRUELTY?

You decide!

대한민국의 개, 불쌍한 누렁이를 살려주세요!

The Cruel Reality

South Korea has the world’s 14th largest economy and is home to global brands such as Samsung, Hyundai, Kia, LG, SK, and Daewoo. Yet this is also a country where an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered and eaten each year.

Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torture from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, filthy, raised cages all their lives with no protection from extreme weather. They get no water, exercise, companionship or medical care, and they never feel the ground beneath their feet. Their eardrums are often burst to prevent them from barking.

In broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten, have their throats slashed, or are boiled or burnt to death. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating a dog enhances male virility and stamina. Consumption peaks during the hottest days of summer (Boknal).

Koreans claim that the more a dog suffers, the better its meat is. So many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make health tonics, too. – “600 Stray Cats Boiled Alive,” Yonhap News, 5/21/15.

The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dogs eaten there are now imported from China. South Korea is the only country known to have large, intensive farming systems to supply the demand for dog meat.

Shocking Cruelty of South Korean Dog Meat Industry, undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign

개고기 식습관은 현대에는 걸맞지 않는 폐풍이오, 국민들의 정신 건강에 아주 좋지 않은 영향을 끼치는 악습이다. 우리 사회가 고래로 정치, 경제, 종교 등의 각계각층에서 사분 오열되는 내분에 국력을 낭비하는 것은 정을 들여 키운 개를 하루 아침에 도살하여 잡아먹는 데서 오는 인간신뢰에 대한 상실로 인한 배반의 악습이 인간 상호간에도 의식적으로 무의식적으로 적용되기 때문에 파생된 당연한 결과라고 필자는 본다. 또 이 개도살에 따른 공해가 심각하다. 개를 집단으로 사육하는 과정에서 엄청난 소음이 발생하여 공중적 폐단이 매우 심각하다. 소음을 줄인다고 강제로 개의 고막을 파열시키는 잔인함까지 저지르니 개고기를 먹기 위하여 못하는 짓이 없다. 또 부분적으로는 고기의 맛을 내기 위하여 목을 매달아 놓고 개의 전신을 몽둥이로 사정없이 가격하여 내장이 파열되게 하여 잔인 무도하게 죽이는 경우까지 있으니 참으로 인간말종적 행위라고 할 수있다. – 법정스님, http://koreandogs.org/?p=3199

Dog meat consumption is an evil custom that doesn’t belong in a modern society as well as a vice harmful to the mental health of our citizens. In my opinion, the fact that our society has been wasting national resources on utterly divisive internal conflicts in all walks of life, such as politics, economy and religion from ancient times is a natural result of evil practice of betrayal and a loss of trust in humanity through the slaughtering and eating of dogs which is then applied in human interactions consciously and unconsciously. Additionally, the slaughter of dogs causes severe pollution. In the process of mass breeding of dogs, a lot of noise pollution occurs and its negative effects on the public are serious. To solve that dog farmers commit the cruelty of forcibly bursting dogs’ eardrums to reduce the noise of barking. There isn’t anything they won’t do in order to eat dog meat. Moreover, to flavor the meat, sometimes the dogs are hung by the neck then mercilessly bludgeoned all over with a club, bursting their internal organs and killing it brutally and heartlessly. We must indeed call this a scumbag behavior. – Beopjeong Buddhist Priest, a South Korean National, http://koreandogs.org/?p=5557

The Social Costs

Besides the cruelty of the dog meat industry, many social problems occur because of dog farming and eating. Any dog can fall prey to the dog meat industry. Yellow dogs, abandoned former pets, purebreds, show dogs, unwanted puppies from puppy mills, shelter dogs, sick dogs, and even Jindos (classified as a “National Treasure” in Korea)—all of these can end up as dog meat in Korea.

Many pet owners who lose pets, or whose pets are stolen, suffer from knowing their pets probably had a terrible ending. Once dog meat is cooked, consumers don’t know what kind of dog they are eating. It could have been someone’s pet.

Another social problem is the misery and anger of homeowners who live near dog farms. They have to put up with the polluted waterways, stench, and noise. Homeowners have to complain to their local councils and protest about farms to get them removed because they spoil everyone’s quality of life.

Sometimes dog farms have operated right near schools where children hear the screams of dogs being slaughtered. This is no way to bring up the next generation.

Threats to Health

Dogs on dog farms are pumped full of antibiotics and medicines—it is the only way to keep them alive and free from disease because of the terrible conditions they live in. However, “Consuming meat concentrated with high level of antibiotics will cause severe toxic effects in the human body, and will cause endocrine disruption in the long term and eventually lead to cancer and diabetes.” – Dr. Tae-Yo Ha, HankookIlBo, 7/4/11. No one should feel safe eating dog meat.

South Korea also gets rid of one third of its food waste by giving it to farmed dogs, a practice that is highly illegal in modern countries around the world. Imagine eating animals that were fed on rotting food waste infested with flies, maggots, rats, and infectious germs.

Altogether, dog farms are unsanitary, dog food waste is unsanitary, and dog slaughterhouses are unsanitary. It is all a recipe for illness and food poisoning.

No Cultural Justification

It is true dog meat eating has been a part of Korean history, as with a number of Asian countries, but this is no excuse to continue the practice. Those who continually claim it is part of Korean tradition or culture usually do so in an attempt to stifle any Western criticism. They also try to make dog eating an issue of nationalism. However, eating dogs is not something to be proud of and many citizens are ashamed it still happens.

A nation’s culture should be enjoyed by all and enhance a sense of identity and self-image. Culture is supposed to promote happiness and belonging. Dog eating does none of these things.

Of course, people of all ages, genders, religions, social classes, and levels of education eat dog meat in Korea. This is partly because of the way they were brought up, perhaps ignorant of the suffering they are causing. The Catholic Bishop Sung-Hyo Lee once boasted “My favorite food is dog meat. My hobby is forcing dog meat on foreign priests. Especially the French priests.” – Kyeongin Ilbo, 5/16/11.

When social leaders say it is all right, and governments do nothing, people are less likely to question the evils of the dog meat trade. But this reflects cultural backwardness.

A Legal Grey Area

Some people believe a solution to the social, environmental, and health problems of the illegal dog meat industry is to legalize it. However, legalization of dog eating will do nothing to stop the cruelty. If condoned by the government, it would only become more widespread and open. And it would still be practically impossible to police. Dog farmers will not want extra social responsibilities, rules and regulations, and costs. It will be cheaper for many to continue to farm illegally without restrictions.

At the moment, the laws on the dog meat industry are vague, resulting in a legal grey area that allows the government to simply ignore the problem.

Brutal killing in Daegu, undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign

Other Dog Eating Countries

As countries become more modernized and culturally advanced, and their generations become more educated, the dog meat industry is increasing rejected. It is seen as an embarrassment and burden. This is why some Asian countries have already banned dog eating, recognizing it as incompatible with a modern way of life and their nations’ image.

But while the Philippines and Thailand have banned dog consumption, other countries along with Korea openly continue the practice, including China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

If more countries can be encouraged to ban dog and cat eating, it can influence their neighbors to ban it too. That’s why it is important to continue to pressure the Korean government to end the dog meat industry—it is not just for dogs and cats in Korea, but also for those elsewhere who are suffering in torturous conditions right now.

Join the Fight

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR KOREAN DOGS

Please send letters and make phone calls urging South Korea to stop the killing of dogs and cats for human consumption.

Honorable Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
2450 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008 USA
Phone: 202-939-5600
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Her Excellency President Park Geun-Hye
1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-820
Republic of Korea

The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon
United Nations Headquarter
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017 USA
Phone: 212-963-7160
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Boshintang (Dog Meat Soup), Documentary by StopIt! Korea Campaign

Electrocution in Gangwon-do, undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign

Puppies and kittens are being boiled alive in South Korea everyday! Puppies rescued from being boiled alive in Cheonan.
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남양주 아픈 개 (Sick dog in Namyangju), undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign

남양주 새끼 강아지 (Puppies in Namyangju), undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign

“Chobok” (First of 3 dog eating days of summer) – Controversy over dog meat in South Korea
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S. Korea – Unbelievable Truth(Companion Animals for Consumption) 거짓말같은 진실(식용동물) (TV I Love Pet)
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Doris’ Day Out (“From dog hell to heaven” A South Korean dog rescue from the Dog Meat Trade.)
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Source: Humane Action Alliance