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Contact the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Oh Joon (A South Korean National)!


Ambassador Oh Joon - President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

Ambassador Oh Joon – President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Oh (Family Name) Joon (Given Name), is an Ambassador of South Korea. ECOSOC is one of the six main organs of the United Nations and is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed upon development goals. These goals include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, and responsible consumption and production. As part of striving to achieve these goals, it is imperative that we ask Ambassador Oh Joon to please add one more very important and urgent goal to the ECOSOC organization’s global goals. That one additional goal is to end the horrific cruelty associated with the dog and cat meat trade, especially in his home country of South Korea.

The 2016 theme of ECOSOC is “Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results.” With your help we need to open the eyes of Ambassador Oh Joon regarding the South Korean dog meat industry. We need to motivate Ambassador Oh Joon and the committee to commit to ending the ongoing cruelty of companion animals and pursue all avenues to achieve these results!

We launched an online petition campaign to urge Ambassador Oh Joon to take action to stop the torture and mass murder of millions of dogs in his country’s dog meat industry. To date Ambassador Oh and his organization has not responded. With your action of protest voiced loudly against the horrific brutality perpetrated against millions of man’s best friends in Korea, we hope to receive a positive response from Ambassador Oh’s office soon.

Please take action today. Ambassador Oh Joon is in a powerful position to make a difference to bring an end to the South Korean cruelty.

  • Call and or fax the UN ECOSOC at the UN Headquarters in New York and tell them that you want a response from the Ambassador Oh Joon regarding the torture and killing of dogs in his country’s dog meat industry!
    Phone: +1 (212) 963-4882, +1 (212) 963-7855
    Fax: +1 (212) 963-5935
    Click for UN ECOSOC Contact Info.

    Suggested message when calling

    “The purpose of my call today is to convey my deep concern and disgust about the unregulated and inhumane dog and cat meat trade thriving in your country, South Korea. As an animal lover and as part of a high profile animal rights group with vast links and supporters across the globe I urge the South Korean government to immediately and effectively police and enforce its animal welfare and animal protection legislation. Unless and until effective government action is taken and there is a permanent end to both the dog and cat meat trade, I pledge to boycott all forms of tourism and all forms of products and services originating or associated with South Korea.”

  • Send an email :

    ecosocinfo@un.org; escap-sroenea-registry@un.org

  • Send a letter:
    Ambassador Joon Oh
    In care of ECOSOC Secretariat
    The United Nations Headquarter
    405 East 42nd Street, Room No. S1278
    New York, New York 10017 USA
  • Sign and share petition TODAY!

Suggested letter to the Ambassador Oh Joon

Dear President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), His Excellency Oh Joon,

ECOSOC is one of the six main organs of the United Nations and is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals. These goals include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and responsible consumption and production.

His Excellency Oh Joon,

As part of striving to achieve these goals, we are writing to you today to ask you to please add one more very important and urgent goal to your organization’s global goals: to end the horrific cruelty of the dog and cat meat trade.

Please watch this video: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

As a South Korea national, I am sure you are very well aware of the dog and cat meat trade in your country as well as in other third world Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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, in your country, 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 have never felt 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).

Your fellow Korean citizens claim that the more a dog suffers, the better tasting its meat. So many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make health tonics – “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. Read more: http://koreandogs.org/

In addition to the unspeakable cruelty perpetrated by the dog meat trade, is also a serious threat to human health and the environment. The dog farms are a hotbed for infectious diseases. Since there is no disease control, these dogs suffer from highly infectious and transmittable bacteria, virus, ectoparasites, endoparasites, and fungi. Out of 165 dogs bred at a dog farm in the Seoul area, 83 dogs(50.3%) were found to be infected with endoparasites and 23 dogs(20.2%) were found to be infected with heartworms.

Puppies suffer from malnutrition because they are fed rotting food waste (infested with pests such as rats, cockroaches, flies) after being weaned. In order to hide from the law and avoid civil complaints, most dog farms are located in remote areas where the sun is scarce, causing a vitamin D deficiency, which is necessary for bone growth.

Locked in cages for months, dogs are bored and stressed from being packed with other dogs and having to breathe in the constant stench. Stress hormones weaken their immune system and they become susceptible to hormonal diseases such as hyperadrenocorticism.

Antibiotics, antidiarrheal treatments and steroids are used to control measles, parvovirus, various respiratory and digestive diseases, but the abuse of drugs led to an increasing tolerance against antibiotics and to the relevant health problems. In some cases, ten times the normal doses were being administered by the farmers without the supervision of a veterinarian.

Large doses of heavy metals that accumulated in the organs causing internal body malfunctions are detected in dog meat. Heavy metals are assumed to have been accumulated from eating leftover food waste and low-end feed (remains from slaughterhouses). Many serious and often life threatening diseases can be attributable to this unsanitary and inhumane dog meat industry. They include animal bites and scratches, Bubonic Plague, Camphylobacter, Cutaneous larval migrans, Giardiasis, Lyme Disease, Psittacosis, Rabies, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Visceral Larva Migrans, Anthrax, Bebesiosis, Brucellosis, Colibacilosis,… Read the extensive research report by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates) http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/KARA-Dog-Meat-Report_English-1.pdf

Please watch these videos and see what is going on inside South Korea at this moment:
South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 1 of 2 with English Captions: http://youtu.be/vHB3uwB9kyA

South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 2 of 2 with English Captions: http://youtu.be/foHCBNllT8w

There is no appropriate animal protection legislation to prevent the animal cruelty currently taking place in South Korea. As someone who believes strongly that animals should not be treated in this way, I request that your organization investigate and address this issue immediately. Please impose a sanction on the South Korean government until they strengthen the Animal Protection Law to prevent animal cruelty and to introduce basic animal protection regulations. It must also provide penalties for violations and ensure that mistreated animals can be legally seized from abusers and given immediate refuge. I request that the United Nations ECOSOC strongly urge the South Korean Government to create an enforceable law to ban the torture, killing, sale, and consumption of dogs and cats. Please don’t let the South Korean government get away with this outrageous cruelty to the companion animals. Include the End of the Dog and Cat Meat Trade to the Global Goals of the UN Economic and Social Council!

Thank you for your attention and kind consideration.

Dog farm in Ansan, South Korea.  Photo:  SaveKoreanDogs.

Dog farm in Ansan, South Korea. Photo: SaveKoreanDogs.

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  1. Niloofar Asgharian
    Niloofar AsgharianNovember 18,15

    How can South Korea be a member state and allow the most horrific crimes to go on in regards to companion animals?!

    • Rita
      RitaJuly 22,16

      Its all a bit astounding. The US has a nearly 100% Free Trade Bilateral Agreement with South Korea. We have sister cities. We are willing to send them our live pure bred animals for zero tariffs in 2016 and onwards. We have Korean grocery associations in the US. We have Korean festivals in the US. We have Korean Law Associations. We have University and congressional exchange programs like the U.S. Congress – Korean National Assembly Exchange Program, Korean markets, yet we don’t have an initiative to end the dog meat trade –yet.

  2. Mary Klein
    Mary KleinNovember 18,15

    Mr. So. Korea President,

    Please .please, plesse…YOU CAN ENFORCE THE END OF TORTURE AND PAIN TO ANIMALS IN YOUR COUNTRY. ANIMALS ARE LOVING FEELING AND FEELING BEINGS. I PRAY THAT YOU WILL PUT AN END TO THIS SUFFERING.

    RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,

    MARY KLEIN
    USA

  3. stella maris argento
    stella maris argentoNovember 19,15

    PLEASE STOP CRUELTY!!!!! STOP SADISMO con dogs!!!!! PLEASE!!!

  4. Jill Stubbington
    Jill StubbingtonNovember 19,15

    How can a nation allow such horrendous torture to be going on and how can the monsters capable of such atrocities be allowed to live among good people, animal cruelty is connected to other violent crime, there are no words to express how disgusted I am that the world leaders allow people to freely beat, boil and skin alive and otherwise neglect and torture animals, there is no hope for a peaceful future for mankind when we cause so much suffering and allow it to continue.

  5. Cheryl Brown
    Cheryl BrownNovember 19,15

    Please STOP the torturing of these beautiful,loving & intelligent animals !!!!!!!!!!!!! How can a country be so heartless & down right evil to do the horrific things that not just myself in Canada but all over the world are seeing on our computer screens everyday. You can NO longer go on with these inhumane & down right sickening act to these animals & hide it from the rest of the world. We all know what you are doing & it’s WRONG !!!!!!!!!!! Please STOP,these animals are loving & intelligent. In Canada we train these beautiful animals to help are war vets that are disabled,to help young children with conditions that years ago would make their lives unbearable,these dogs are trained to sniff out bombs,drugs,human remains & help rescue humans from fires,floods,earthquakes & go to war & fight for our country!!!!!!!!!!!! and what does your country do,your country does the unthinkable,you torture them,then cook them alive,or hang them up in unthinkable ways so their meat taste better (Just WRONG),you torture these unconditional loving,smart & amazing animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In my country dogs are treated with respect,they are part of our families!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s a real shame that your country will never know what it is like to have Man’s Best Friend in your lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You see in my home like millions of others our dogs & cats sleep in our beds & are a part of the family. In my country you will never see them on our plates because in my country we respect & love them unconditionally. Shame on all of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!! In my country of Canada these are Man’s Best Friend & always will be. Why don’t you join the rest of the world & try loving the dogs & cats instead of eating them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. sherry compton
    sherry comptonNovember 19,15

    It’s hard to believe that any government would allow such horrific torture of innocent animals. The S. Koreans are so vile, ignorant and disgusting that they should be shunned and not allowed to participate in world trade and business. This country is so evil and sadistic with the most absurd, idiotic beliefs. Try educating your people about kindness to all living creatures, because God put animals on this earth to be cared for and not tortured. How can you ugly people sleep at night, you’re a disgrace!

  7. sherry compton
    sherry comptonNovember 19,15

    Please make sure that all of us who find S. Korea so disturbing sign every petition and then pass it on to others to sign. This atrocity and the horrific suffering must end.

  8. Inna Bogorodskaya
    Inna BogorodskayaNovember 21,15

    Please STOP IT ASAP! How can the human beings be such cruel monsters and torture innocent animals! This is insane!!! Stop this bloodshed!! Stop this horror!! Tell your people it cannot be this way and it’s not normal! Ban killing and torturing the animals!

  9. Deborah (From: USA)
    Deborah (From: USA)November 21,15

    Want to do more?
    Why not put Korean dogs in your will, so they can help more dogs?

  10. cruz isar
    cruz isarNovember 22,15

    BASTA YA!!! ELLOS SUFREN ESTOS ACTOS SON BARBARICOS!!!

  11. Cássio Leite Vieira
    Cássio Leite VieiraNovember 27,15

    Dear President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC),
    His Excellency Oh Joon:
    During the 70s, when, with more intensity, waves of South Korean immigrants started arriving at Brazil, I became friend of two young South Korean students in my elementary school at Sao Paulo (SP). They kindly taught me how to read the Korean alphabet – since then, I have been able to read that beautiful language, although my vocabulary is almost null. However, the little I learnt in my youth was enough to make me have, as an adult, Korean Culture in high esteem.
    However, recently, I have been warned by friends about the dog meat trade in South Korea, as well as the so-called Bok Nal ‘Festival’. In my opinion, those horrific acts of cruelty perpetrated against dogs — the most beautiful creature natural selection has put on Earth — contrast deeply with the richness of Korean Culture and the peacefulness of Korean People.
    Sir, it is urgent to take measures to end that cruelty against a sentient being, capable of suffering and feeling joy.
    Unfortunately, because of Bok Nal ‘Festival’ and dog meat trade, South Korean People are becoming a kind of ‘Number One Enemy’ of our society, a kind of ‘soul, heartless’ people – at least, among those who care about Animal Rights. Of course, this image of South Korea and its People is unfair, no doubt. Those scenes of cruelty one can see in the internet are staining the good name of your Country in the world.
    I am quite sure you, Sir, and other Authorities of your Country are sensitive to this problem and will take action to stop – or, at least, to minimize – those dog farms in South Korea. I am quite sure as well that any positive act of your Government in relation to this problem will be salute by the international community of Animal Rights and will help to bring back the respect all South Korean people certainly deserve.
    I take the liberty of copying this letter to His Excellency Mr. Jeong-gwan Lee, the Ambassador of South Korea in Brazil, and to the Honorable Members of the Center of Korean Culture in Brazil.
    Thank you very much indeed for your attention.
    Sincerely,
    Cássio Leite Vieira, Ph.D.
    Journalist and Historian of Physics
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    BRAZIL

  12. Des
    DesNovember 27,15

    United Nations – urgent attention: Asia, Korea, DOGS ARE OUR BELOVED FRIENDS, not a cheap source of food. Breed chickens, and eat eggs. I am so surprised that adult world leaders need to be petitioned to do what is so obviously right. It’s easy, here’s how ‘GET YOUR PEOPLE TO STOP THEIR INHUMANITY TODAY’ throw them in prison.

  13. KAY MURPHY
    KAY MURPHYNovember 27,15

    HOW CAN YOU JUST STAND BY AND LET THIS BARBARIC CRUELTY CONTINUE IT IS TIME YOU MAKE IT ILLEGAN TO TREAT ANIMALS LIKE THIS AND PROSECUTE ALL INVOLVED

  14. Anne Grice
    Anne GriceNovember 28,15

    When will South Korea come into the 21st century and behave with some dignity generally. This addiction to brutalised dog meat is not about the dog meat trade alone , its as reflection of a nation with no sense of pride, courage and decency by which societies conform to establish respect for dogs and cats who have been domesticated to support and assist humans in their daily lives and teach us about humanity! But South Korea just cannot drag itself out of that dark way of life and stop feeding on subsistence repugnant dog and cat meat!

  15. suzanne mitchell
    suzanne mitchellNovember 28,15

    This is appalling….how can this barbaric treatment of animals still be happening in this so called enlightened world! Raise your standards, principles and humanity…act NOW to end this…..

  16. Patricia Mills
    Patricia MillsDecember 3,15

    SHAME on South Korea for allowing the killing of mankind’s companion animals. Just because a cat or dog cannot speak does not mean he is immune to the agonizing pain of abuse. The world sees what is happening in South Korea and it is bringing great shame upon your country!

  17. Anne-Marie Andersson
    Anne-Marie AnderssonDecember 6,15

    Stop this cruelty at once. It is man’s best friend.

  18. Sandra Kirchberger
    Sandra KirchbergerJanuary 5,16

    I AGREE WITH EVERYONE HERE..THIS COUNTRY IS A DISGRACE AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE A PART OF THE UN UNTIL THIS ENDS!! I CALLED THIS OFFICE TOO AND WAS DIRECTED TO CALL KOREAN MISSIONS WHO TRIED TO TELL ME TO CALL WASHINGTON CONSOLATE..I TOLD THEM I WOULD BUT MADE SURE TO ALSO LET THE WOMAN WHO ANSWERED THE PHONE KNOW THAT I PLAN ON ON BOYCOTTING ALL KOREAN PRODUCTS AND WILL INSIST THAT EVERYONE I KNOW DO THE SAME UNTIL THIS ENDS!! HONESTLY..IF WE ALL BAN TOGETHER AND BOYCOTT ALL THESE PRODUCTS THIS SHOULD HAVE AN IMPACT…ALL THESE SCUMS OF THE EARTHS KNOW ABOUT IS MONEY SO WE NEED TO SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE. THESE MONSTERS ARE SO BACKWARDS THAT THEY DONT EVEN REALIZE HOW MUCH MORE MONEY THEY CAN MAKE IF THEY STARTED ACTING CIVILIZED FOR ONCE!!! THEY MAKE ME ASHAMED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE HUMAN RACE!!

  19. Joanne Montgomery
    Joanne MontgomeryJanuary 13,16

    Please act now to end this unnecessary suffering. When did human beings become so void of compassion and if this horror continues where does the story end?

  20. Doreen Mapes
    Doreen MapesMarch 4,16

    Barbaric treatment of animals HOW can this be happening!!! Please end this suffering!!!!!!!! HORRIFIC! Makes me cry!! I now know Evil is on this earth!!!!!!!!!

  21. KRYSTYNA
    KRYSTYNAApril 26,16

    STOP THE BARBARIANS!

  22. Ellen
    EllenMay 15,16

    This treatment of companion animals is beyond horrific. How do you people allow this to go on and still be able to look at yourselves in the mirror? It is an absolute disgrace. I will never purchase ANYTHING from Korea.

  23. Caroline
    CarolineMay 19,16

    There is no justification for this barbaric and horrific torture. It must stop now. Shame on you

  24. Corinne
    CorinneJune 4,16

    STOP THIS !!
    You’ re monsters !
    I BOYCOTT KOREA !

  25. Jenny Rae
    Jenny RaeJune 22,16

    NOT HONOURABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. JOANNA
    JOANNAJuly 7,16

    BOJKOT KOREA,ZATRZYMAC TORTURY PSOW I KOTOW.WSTYD CHINY SWIAT NA WAS PATRZY JEST 21 WIEK .JESTESCIE POTWORY

    • lilana Sałacińska
      lilana SałacińskaJuly 12,16

      Głupi i prymitywny narodzie! Jak tak można znęcać się nad żywą istotą! Sami odzierajcie się ze skóry i gotujcie się żywcem! Nie macie pojęcia sadyści bardzo cierpią te zwierzaki i za to was cały świat nienawidzi!!!!!! Psychole I pokeby jesteście!;!!!!

    • lilana Sałacińska
      lilana SałacińskaJuly 12,16

      Głupi i prymitywny narodzie! Jak tak można znęcać się nad żywą istotą! Sami odzierajcie się ze skóry i gotujcie się żywcem! Nie macie pojęcia sadyści bardzo cierpią te zwierzaki i za to was cały świat nienawidzi!!!!!! Psychole I pojeby jesteście!;!!!!
      Życzę wam wszystkim którzy biorą udział w tym koszmarnym zabijaniu zwierząt życzę żeby was ogień spalił i woda utopiła!
      Jesteście pojebanymi czubami i taki horror nazywacie festiwalem!!!!!!

  27. KAT
    KATJuly 22,16

    DO NOT BUY SAMSUNG, LG, ANY SOUTH KOREAN PRODUCTS, DO NOT USE A SOUTH KOREAN AIRLINE OR VISIT KOREA, BOYCOTT THE UPCOMING 2018 OLYMPICS AND THEIR SPONSORS…ONLY MONEY TALKS…STOP SPENDING ANY MONEY ON KOREA…ALL OF KOREA…DO NOT BUY PHONES FROM SAMSUNG, LG…DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. MS
    MSSeptember 27,16

    Let’s keep at it until these monstrous farms are SHUT DOWN permanently — I continue to send emails, I continue to tweet, I continue to sign and share petitions, I continue to make calls —- I will continue until all dog/cat meat farms are destroyed — thank you to all of you who continue to work and share their knowledge in this cause — KEEP IT UP!

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