Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I do to help?
- Do petitions really work?
- Can you send me leaflets to distribute?
- Where can I get or buy a KoreanDogs.org t-shirt?
- What about the chickens, cows and pigs?
- I want to organize a protest. Can you send me posters and banners?
- Why don’t the people who are filming this cruelty, do something to stop it?
- So, what is the answer? Who can stop it?
- So, why aren’t the Korean Government doing anything?
- Why do you show such graphic images with your campaigns? Don’t you think you would get a better response if you used more positive images and stories?
- You have so many petitions. Can you automate it so that we can sign them all at once?
- Wouldn’t it be better if you had only one petition, instead of so many different ones? That way, you would probably get millions of signatures.
What can I do to help?
There are a number of ways in which you can help fight against this cruelty.
The most important action you can take is calling the South Korean Embassy in your country and speaking out against this atrocity. Phone numbers and talking points can be found here: http://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/contacts-for-protest/call-south-korean-embassy/
We would love to hear about the responses you receive from the Embassy. Please tell us about your experience!
Signing and sharing all petitions is also a critical part of our effort: http://koreandogs.org/petitions/
For more ways to help in the fight against this brutal industry, please visit the “What you can do” page here: http://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/
You’ll want to stay up-to-date on the news and calls to action, so don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter: http://koreandogs.org/.
Do petitions really work?
Petitions can be effective by showing the Koreans how many people have seen and care about our issues.
I understand that some people are wary about adding their signature to a petition, as there are ones out there which have been created without much care; and, in some cases, the petition process is not followed through properly with delivery of the collected signatures to the petitioned party. However, the petitions which we recommend are ones that we have created ourselves or ones from people/organisations that we trust; and we always make sure our petitions get delivered to the petitioned targets.
We also utilize free resources, such as social media, as much as possible, as we are a volunteer group and do not take donations (apart from those given to us for Nami Kim).
Can you send me leaflets to distribute?
We no longer send out leaflets. If you would like to print our leaflets to hand out, please contact us and we would be happy to send you our high resolution leaflet files for printing.
Where can I get or buy a KoreanDogs.org t-shirt?
You can get our t-shirts only at our San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf leafleting events. At these events, if you are volunteering, you will get a t-shirt for free, but otherwise, the suggested donation for t-shirts is $5 USD (our cost for each shirt). Sorry, we do not give away or sell t-shirts, as we don’t have the resources to provide free products nor the volunteers who can handle the shipping.
What about the chickens, cows and pigs?
For answers to these questions, we have FAQ pages we are sharing from the Korean animal welfare groups.
http://koreandogs.org/faq-by-kara/ (In Korean)
I want to organize a protest. Can you send me posters and banners?
Thank you for organizing the protest. Protesting is one of the most important and effective ways to create awareness and speak out for the Korean dogs. We would be glad to send you leaflets to hand out at your event, free of charge if you live within the U.S. Sorry, but we cannot send free leaflets outside of the U.S. due to the high cost of shipping. We do not have posters and banners we can send. You and your volunteers would need to make them yourselves. You can find the photos you may use to make posters from our online photo album. Click HERE to see the photos. If you would like to use our banner for your event, we can help you order them from our printer, but you would need to pay for it. It costs around $65 (include shipping costs) and 8 ft x 3 ft in size. Click HERE to see our banner.
Why don’t the people who are filming this cruelty, do something to stop it?
These dogs are the property of the dog farmer and are kept on private property: a member of the public has no legal right to enter someone’s private property without permission, nor can that person ‘take’ the dog, without permission, as that would be theft.
The farmer makes a living out of breeding and selling dogs: the farmer may be willing to sell his dogs (to the person filming etc.), but the farmer would require the same price for it that he would otherwise get for the dog at a market – why would he sell it at a loss? Therefore: a) the person trying to buy the dog(s) would need a large amount of money; b) they would then need to have the facilities to care for these dogs (and the money to do so); and c) just removing those few dogs would not stop the dog meat trade – the farmer would just breed some more (note: estimated 2.5 million dogs a year go into the dog-meat trade).
So, what is the answer? Who can stop it?
The only way to stop the appalling suffering that is happening to these dogs (and cats) is to bring about a permanent end to the dog and cat-meat trades. And the Korean Government and authorities are the only people who can do this.
So, why aren’t the Korean Government doing anything?
The Korean Government will not do anything unless worldwide pressure is brought on them to end these trades. And the way to do this is by letting them know how we all feel about these abhorrent trades; there are many ways to do this: please click HERE for “what you can do” page for more detailed information on suggested action etc.
Why do you show such graphic images with your campaigns? Don’t you think you would get a better response if you used more positive images and stories?
Whilst more and more people across the world are becoming aware of the atrocities carried out in the various stages of the dog and cat meat trades, in countries such as South Korea, there are still many people who have no knowledge of the brutality used and the extent and frequency of the suffering experienced by the animals involved. And, to some people, objecting to different cultures/people eating dogs is seen as ‘hypocritical’, because they simply cannot imagine (or have never considered) the appalling treatment and aberrant cruelty inflicted on the living animals – as such: ‘seeing is believing’.
We therefore feel that our approach and selection of images and links used to get the message across in our campaigns will be the most effective in raising awareness and getting concerned supporters to take action.
You have so many petitions. Can you automate it so that we can sign them all at once?
We do have a lot of petitions as it is one of the most effective ways to raise awareness, gather support and show the Korean Government just how many people are actively opposed to dog-meat consumption. The online petition platform we have chosen to use is change.org because, not only are they a free resource, but they are one of the largest and most successful. They provide functions that are useful for our campaign, but they do not offer the functionality of allowing you to sign multiple petitions at once. Each petition should be individually read and then signed and although we recognise that, as we have so many petitions, it is very time consuming for our supporters, we are not able to change this. However, your voice is very important because your voice is the only one these animals have.
Wouldn’t it be better if you had only one petition, instead of so many different ones? That way, you would probably get millions of signatures.
Although it seems like a good way forward to create just one petition, to attract many more signatures, we do not believe it would achieve our goal as effectively.
As an example, consider our petition: https://www.change.org/p/boycott-pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics-in-south-korea-a-dog-eating-nation
This petition, which has been running for nearly six years, has received short of 500 thousand signatures; a figure which has only, in recent months, doubled and been reached with the significant help of change.org, who promote it for us free of charge.
Our strategy, as a volunteer group, which operates without donations, is to maximize free resources so we can flood social media with this issue, which is why we put so much effort into creating as many wide-spread campaigns and petitions as we can.
It would not be possible to cover all of the various issues surrounding the dog meat trade, and the detail required to inform and persuade the different targets, with just one generic petition. It would not make for effective campaigning, if we do not tailor the wording to the individual organisation or persons being petitioned.