President Moon Jae-In, please help your country’s “animal friends”: end the horrific dog and cat meat trades.

South Korea now has a new President who is more concerned about animal welfare than his predecessor, Park Geun-Hye, who was impeached for corruption. Now there is a real opportunity for our message to be heard by this new government and for them to bring about the changes which we have been working so hard for. During his campaign, President Moon Jae-In promised that he will improve the welfare of “animal friends”. So let’s not waste any time: call, write or email President Moon and ask him to address the most urgent and important animal cruelty issue existing in South Korea today – ask him to put a permanent end to the dog and cat meat trades!


Moon Jae-In's Puppies 5To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.

  • Click HERE to file an online petition through e-people.
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    President Moon Jae-In
    1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03048
    Republic of Korea

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  • Send a message through Facebook page: Moon Jae-In’s Personal Facebook
    Official Korean Government Facebook

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    Your Excellency President Moon Jae-In, please end the horrific dog and cat meat trade.

    Your Excellency President Moon Jae-In and the South Korean Government,

    Please watch these videos: Shocking Cruelty of South Korean Dog Meat Industry, The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

    I am extremely upset about the torture and consumption of companion animals in South Korea.

    With the ubiquity of social medias, every day we are seeing shocking and heartbreaking images and videos of innocent dogs being tortured and killed in your country.

    Even though Korea has established an Animal Protection Law for companion animals, dogs are still beaten, hung, electrocuted, and treated brutally by farmers and slaughters. Also, dogs and cats are still being beaten and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which do not have medical properties except in the minds of ignorant and gullible customers.

    These practices have no place in the modern world. Other Asian countries have banned the eating of dog meat and the cruel industry that goes with it, such as Taiwan and the Philippines. Why does Korea persist in lagging behind these countries and other civilized societies?

    It’s the responsibility of the Korean government to once and for all end the cruel dog meat and cat medicine industries in Korea. It is time to dismiss the childish myths and propaganda surrounding these industries and their vile products. It is time to leave behind backward and unnecessary traditions.

    And it is time for Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and show that it really does have a compassionate and ethical society. That means it is time for the Korean government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a proper manner.

    Until these things are done, Korea’s reputation in the international community will continue to suffer. Its citizens will continue to face shame and embarrassment. And Korea will continue to be regarded as “third world,” despite its modernization and attempts at globalized thinking.

    With the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games being hosted in Pyeongchang, I would ask that you do all in your power to stop this barbarism and cruelty as the world’s attention will be on South Korea both before and during the events.

    From now on, I will boycott Korean products, and I will not support Korean companies or visit Korea until the abuse of cats and dogs has finally ended.

    Yours sincerely,
    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call: Phone: 011-82-2-730-5800

    We recommend that the best way forward, when calling the President, is to politely ask to speak to a representative of the President. The representative may well deny all knowledge of any illegality/wrong doing within these trades, or say that they are unable to help on this issue. If they are not forthcoming, then you might make the following statement or similar wording of your own – and please ask them to keep a record of your call and what you have said.

    “As an animal lover, and part of a high-profile animal rights group, which has supporters across the globe, I wish to register my deep concern about the unregulated, cruel and abusive dog and cat meat trades with your country, South Korea.

    I sincerely ask that your government immediately begins policing and enforcing your animal protection laws; and until it brings about a permanent end to both the dog and cat meat trades, I will boycott all forms of tourism, all products, and all services from South Korea; and I will urge others to do the same.”

  • Send a Twitter message!

    Suggested Twitter text

    .@moonriver365 .@koreanet .@bluehousekorea Your Excellency Pres Moon Jae-In, Plz End the #dogmeat #catmeat #cruelty!

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Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea. The Korea Observer.

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  1. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaMay 15,17

    I can not imagine how they manage their image throught the whole world !!! now, since I am aware about what happens in these countries, especially in S. Korea, I pay attention when I buy the products made outside of France !!! the first thing coming into my mind, when I hear “South Korea ” is horrendous trade of dog and cat meat ! I ask myself, when the korean people would change this !!! I put all my hope into their new president, Mr Moon, and wait to see ! this situation, this trade, must be banned ! it shows that these countries, where this torture and this consumption of dogs and cats, exist, there is no place for compassion, so I think, they are so cruel also with the all living beings, including the humans !!

    • Monika Kox, Germany
      Monika Kox, GermanyJuly 5,17

      Dear Ewa, you write what I also feel! Thank you!

    • Karton Weston
      Karton WestonOctober 11,17

      I will not buy anything from South Korea.. period..LG, Samsung etc

  2. Alberto Subtil
    Alberto SubtilMay 15,17

    I got a ggod feeling about this gentleman president…i feel that he is very compassioned with the animal wellfare

    • rose brooks
      rose brooksJuly 5,17

      I do hope you are right, Alberto.

  3. Prish Hackman
    Prish HackmanMay 15,17

    P L E A S E for these innocent animals’ sakes, S T O P N O W, THESE HORRENDOUS TORTUROUS AND BARBARIC ACTS. The abhorrent cruelty

  4. Katie
    KatieMay 15,17

    I please urge President Moon and the people of South Korea to put an end to this horrific “meat” trade. It is cruel and torturous and completely unsanitary on top of all the inhumane and unethical issues. These animals live in terrible, frightening and cruel conditions that inflict only pain and misery on these animals. They are not meant for consumption but are sensitive animals that are meant to be companion animals. This is sickening how this industry thrives and it shows extremely poorly of South Korea and other countries like it that allow this to happen. The world is wathcing in horror and someone and something must change this ASAP! Animals suffering is not okay by most world standards and dogs and cats are not animals to eat! I urge you to move to ethical choices and end this NOW!

  5. Geraldine Briggs
    Geraldine BriggsMay 17,17

    You Sir, may quite possibly be our only hope in this despicable, barbaric, sadistic, merciless, heartless, soulless, ruthless, sick and twisted bloody mess! Sir, you need to do something! These Cats and Dogs NEVER EVER did anything to harm any of your people over there in South Korea! So why are these precious innocent animals being tortured in the most UNSPEAKABLE way?

  6. Marco Salvetti
    Marco SalvettiMay 17,17

    I just sent messages to the president of Korea !
    Both e-mail and twitter

  7. JoAnn Visaretis
    JoAnn VisaretisMay 21,17


  8. rafael garay
    rafael garayMay 21,17

    it really breaks my heart seeing the complete barbaric slaughter of these poor cats and dogs not only in s korea but throughout asia and anywhere else in the world where this takes place. as humans, we’ve done enough harm to one another, the most intelligent of all beings do nothing but to create ways to inflict pain and death on each other. now, we’ve taken it to indefensible creatures to satisfy greed and hollow self-power. as Mark Twain once said- the more I get to know mankind, the more I love my dog. and that goes for me too, unfortunately……….

  9. Hanny Overklift
    Hanny OverkliftMay 21,17

    How can anyone do this horrific killing and yet being called a human? These poor cats and dogs are more human, they’re honest. Don’t you know that these so called humans are a violence to real people, who respect all animals and nature?!

  10. c
    cMay 22,17

    boycott Korean products and not support Korean companies or visit Korea until the abuse of cats and dogs has finally ended won’t solve the problem. make it lawful nationally and internationally to ban the killing of dog and cat meat will solve the problem. make it lawful that such a ban will be PERMANENT and no one is allowed to UNBAN it. arrest the people and put all dogs and cats into good hands. no illegal breeding is allowed else harsh consequences will await you!

  11. namrata
    namrataMay 23,17

    This is a country that is so superior with technology! and have brands worldwide,BUT in the process have lost their souls!! To be so barbaric and heartless they have to be demons! Its disgusting that the government is doing nothing to puy this barbaric act to an end. The celebrities of Korea, the actors and musicians who are worshiped in Korea have never spoken up against this appalling act. The world should boycott all products made in S Korea.

  12. alessandra
    alessandraMay 26,17

    mi auguro che il nuovo Presidente riesca a convincere il suo popolo che uccidere dei poveri animali, cani e gatti, sono creature che sanno dare solo amore senza chiedere nulla, possedere una di queste creature ti fa capire cosa è l’amore la gratitudine la riconoscenza e la fedeltà.

  13. Frances Brotzel
    Frances BrotzelJune 25,17

    A civilised society should not act in this manner. Animals share the planet with us. They should not be subjected to such cruelty. Please rethink your policies and make a more enlightened decision on animals in the future. They are not here for us to do what we please with.

  14. Jonas White
    Jonas WhiteSeptember 10,17

    Although the practice of eating dogs may be in the culture of South Korea, I feel if South Korea wants to be part of the global family and not to be looked upon by the rest of the world, like its near neighbours then surely they cannot continue with this practice of abusing dogs in this way.

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