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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An exposé on the dog meat industry in South Korea

The Korea Observer will produce film, photos, articles, and an ePublication exposing the cruel dog meat industry. Please help make it possible!

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Seoul's Dog Meat Markets!

Call for Action: Contact Mayor of San Francisco, Washington DC, and Honolulu to Help Stop the Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Seoul, South Korea!

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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?

Would you sell your best friend to a Dog Meat Trader for $70?

You decide!

대한민국의 개, 불쌍한 누렁이를 살려주세요!

South Korea is the World’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered and eaten as “health food” each year.

This Black Market Industry has never been legislated, regulated or even acknowledged by the World’s farming Industries or Food Standards Organizations. So why do Governments allow this practice to continue and set up expensive trade agreements to include animal welfare provisions, only to turn a blind eye?

Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives with no protection from extreme weather and no water, exercise, companionship or medical care, never feeling the ground beneath 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 or burnt to death.  This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating a dog (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and gives men energy. In addition, consumption peaks during the hottest days of summer!

Koreans genuinely believe that the more a dog suffers, the more the consumer will enjoy both the health benefits and the meat… Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism. 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
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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,

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,


MYTH The Biggest of all! – Only a certain type of dog is eaten.
In reality all dogs can fall foul to the dog meat industry. Farmed yellow dogs, abandoned former pets, purebreds, unwanted puppies and breeding dogs from mills, shelter dogs, sick dogs, and even Jindos (a Korean classified national monument No. 53).

MYTH Dogs bred for consumption feel no pain.
Eminent Scientist Stephen hawking confirmed in just 2012 animals especially those of the companion variety are sentient beings. Puppies and cats plunged into a boiling vat of water definitely feel pain!

MYTH Eating dog is a part of Korean Culture.
Evidence and recent testimonial by South Koreans show the historical reason to “avoid starvation” no longer stands. The reason it is continually described as “Korean Culture” nowadays is to defend it against Westerns criticism. All animal abuse must be stamped out. Values need to be changed. “In Korea, there is a word, “Me-Pung-Yang-Sok” which means “Beautiful custom and good morals” and refers when one culture deserves respect. I have never heard any Koreans call Dog meat as “Me-Pung-Yang-Sok”. Dog meat consumption is NOT a real Korean traditional food but the base of animal cruelty in Korea.” -Sue Cho

Brutal killing in Daegu, undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign
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MYTH Legalizing dog meat will lessen the suffering of dogs.
Legalization will do nothing to stop the cruelty. With Legalization, eating dogs could even spread and become more entrenched in Korean society because it will be perceived as condoned by the government. If a nation is capable in 2011 of burying more than 9 million “legally farmed animals” alive during the foot and mouth crisis, dogs and cats do not stand a chance. The EU has never formally acknowledged DOG meat exists!

MYTH Dog meat makes you healthy.
A great way to get rid of food waste NOT fit for human consumption and highly illegal in Europe. 1/3 of the nation’s food waste is consumed by the dogs! Imagine eating animals fed on rotting food waste containing infectious diseases/food poisoning causing germs. This is not “health food”. BANNED EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD – HOW CAN WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATIONS BE WRONG? Pumped full of antibiotics and antidiarrheal medicines, it is a known fact that eating contaminated meat can be hazardous and even fatal to people consuming it. In an article on 7/4/11, Dr Tae-Yo Ha, a leading writer of Oriental Medicine, confirmed: “Consuming meat concentrated with high level of antibiotics will cause severe toxic effect in human body, and will cause endocrine disruption in the long term and eventually lead to cancer and diabetes.”

Boshintang (Dog Meat Soup), Documentary by StopIt! Korea Campaign
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MYTH Only a small segment of the population eats dog meat.
More widespread than imagined. People of all ages, gender, religion, class and education level eats dog meat. Even Catholic Bishops! In a Korean Newspaper in 2011 Sung-Hyo Lee, Catholic Bishop of Suwon Parish, S. Korea actually boasted, complete with smiling image: “My favorite food is dog meat. My hobby is forcing dog meat on foreign catholic priests. Especially the French ones.”
Housewives regularly shop at the market. Again in a national press, Korea JoonAng Daily, 12/3/12 a smiling 66 year old grandmother was reported saying: After looking at countless cages (of dogs) outside nearly 30 seemingly identical shops, she finds her choice. “This one looks healthy,” she tells a market attendant. “I’ll take him.”… “My family loves dog meat and insists on having it for special occasions.”

Electrocution in Gangwon-do, undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign
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China Estimated 10 million dogs eaten each year (Farmed, stray and stolen pets). Popularity of consumption increases in cold winter due to the myth that eating dog meat keeps you warm. In some regions, dogs are beaten to death to release blood into the meat. Demand from South Korea is so high that 20% of dogs eaten there are even imported from China.

Vietnam One of the key dog meat markets in Southeast Asia. Large-scale, illegal movement of dogs with unknown disease and vaccination status threatens public health and is an impediment to rabies control. Traditionally beaten to death for purported health and virility claims and to get rid of bad luck at the end of the lunar month.

Thailand Strays and stolen pets are illegally transported across the border to Vietnam to serve growing demand.

Philippines Half a million dogs slaughtered annually, National Legislation has not stopped the practice. A clear example of why world action is needed.

Indonesia Every year, 100,000 dogs are inhumanely slaughtered in Bali and carved up for consumption in around 100 dog meat warungs (cafes) across the tourist island. A large number are stolen pets. Dogs are beaten to death while hog-tied and muzzled. Click to watch more undercover videos by StopIt! Korea Campaign

Dog’s Life

Dogs live in tiny raised up cages all their lives. They don’t know what it feels like to walk on ground. Separated from their mothers at an early age some are slaughtered as pups.  They can not mingle with other dogs other than those in cages beside them.  They suffer summer heat and freezing winters outdoors. They are not given water. They have to eat human food waste such as kimchi.  They get no exercise.  They have been known to have their eardrums burst to prevent them from barking.  Every natural instinct they have is thwarted by the inhumane and tortuous conditions they must live under.

Dog’s Death

Dogs are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burned to death. There is a perverted belief that the meat tastes better if dogs have high adrenaline levels in their meat before they die. Therefore, some dogs are made to experience extreme fear and suffering in the lead up to their deaths. Some dogs are hanged and then beaten while they are hanging and still alive. Others are hanged and then a blow torch is used on them while they are still alive to remove their hair. Others still are simply beaten and tortured to death. Generally, at the markets, dogs are electrocuted and then their necks are broken.

Dog’s Products

Dogs are turned into dog meat, dog meat soup, dog liquor, and dog “health” elixirs. Dubious health claims are made about dog products, included the typical claim that it assists male stamina and sexual prowess. Such pathetic claims are made throughout Asia with regard to all manner of animal products to attract equally pathetic male customers. In Korea, over the hottest days of the year, people follow a custom of eating dog meat because it allegedly increases energy. Exercising for health and energy is apparently too much hard work for dog meat eaters.
Source: KARA

남양주 아픈 개 (Sick dog in Namyangju), undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign
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남양주 새끼 강아지 (Puppies in Namyangju), undercover video by StopIt! Korea Campaign
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“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