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Engaged Buddhist and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, please speak out against the brutal dog meat trade.

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a highly revered spiritual leader, poet and human rights activist known around the world. He is one of today’s best known Zen Masters and his teachings on mindfulness and practicing peace are followed worldwide. He has published more than 100 books, including over 40 in the English language.

Thich Nhat Hanh was born in Vietnam on October 11, 1926 and became ordained as a novice monk when he was 16 years old. Thich Nhat Hanh has since founded several practice centres around the world, and continues to travel, despite suffering a severe stroke in 2014.

We would like Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to speak out against the practice of eating companion animals and the cruelty involved in the trades, and to share the Buddha’s teachings on compassion to animals to his followers and to the world.

The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. Photo: http://plumvillage.org/

The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. Photo: http://plumvillage.org/

Please call, email and write to the revered Thich Nhat Hanh today! You can use our sample letter below or use your own words.

  • You can telephone the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation in California and ask for the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh to speak out against the dog meat cruelty!
    760-291-1003 ext 104

  • Send email:
    info@thichnhathanhfoundation.org; channiemhy@plumvillage.org
  • Send a letter to his foundation:
    Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation
    2499 Melru Lane
    Escondido, CA 92026
    USA

    Sample letter

    To the highly respected teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh,

    We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

    Each year, around 30 million dogs are slaughtered and eaten in Asia, including Korea, China, Indonesia and Vietnam. In South Korea alone, it is estimated that, annually, 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are brutally slaughtered and eaten.

    Dogs that are bred on dog farms live in miserable conditions. In South Korea, dog meat consumption is illegal but their government is allowing it to continue, thereby causing immense suffering to these animals. All breeds of dog are used for meat, including stolen pets and abandoned dogs. They are confined to small, filthy cages, given rotten food and scraps which are unfit for consumption, denied space to exercise, and given no shelter from extreme weather conditions. They cannot even feel the ground beneath their paws as they are contained in wire cages, raised off the ground. These conditions are deplorable and cruel.

    Dogs are slaughtered in the most brutal and painful methods, often in front of other dogs which watch in fear for their lives. They are beaten, stabbed, hanged, butchered, thrown into pots of boiling water, skinned, electrocuted or blow torched – often whilst still alive. This inhumane torture has to stop.

    Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, you teach that ‘all violence is injustice’, and we ask you, therefore, to speak out against the violence that is perpetrated daily in South Korea within the dog meat trade, where animals are subjected to barbaric acts of torture and unimaginable suffering.

    We respectfully ask you to stand up for the animals in South Korea, and in those other Asian countries where dogs are consumed, and also to publicly voice your support in favor of ending the dog meat trade.

    We ask you to stand with KoreanDogs.Org, and to share your condemnation of this cruel trade. We ask you to educate people that a compassionate society benefits everybody within it. The time is right to end this cruel industry. An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress: https://www.change.org/p/engaged-buddhist-and-zen-master-thich-nhat-hanh-please-speak-out-against-the-brutal-dog-meat-trade Thank you in advance for your response.
    Yours sincerely,

    [Your Name, City and Country]

  • Sign and share petition!
  • Send a message through Facebook page: Thich Nhat Hanh
    Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation
  • Send a Twitter message!

    Suggested Twitter text

    .@TNHFound .@thichnhathanh Plz speak out against horrific dog/cat meat cruelty in Korea/Asia https://goo.gl/Hkmsil https://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

Please sign petitions against the South Korean Dog Meat Cruelty!
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  1. STATIUS WALTER
    STATIUS WALTERJanuary 6,17

    Dogs are wonderful animals, and we humans must be grateful for al the help they give us.
    They are used for helping disabled people, blind humans ,as companions for elderly people .There are drug detecting dogs , rescue dogs, they can even detect cancer in humans. But apart from being so useful, they are man’s best friend !
    And what are the South Korean people doing with these lovely animals ,dogs and cats also ? They are eating them !
    But before being eaten, they have to suffer atrociously .
    They have to live in extremely small cages . And at the end of their miserable lives, they are tortured , skinned alive, cooked alive and/or their fur is burned off t alive. It makes me cry.

    Do not ignore it. Ignoring is even worse than doing it.
    Someone very famous once said you can measure the rate of civilisation of someone by his attitude towards animals .

    Sincerly, with a lot of respect,
    Doctor Walter Statius Belgium

  2. Bev Woodburn
    Bev WoodburnJanuary 8,17

    The unimaginable atrocities of the vilest of heinous torture and suffering committed against defenceless and innocent dogs and cats by sadistic and callous Korean monsters is the vilest of animal torture and suffering Worldwide.
    This is not culture or tradition, this is purely animal torture and suffering by the vilest of animal torture. The fake medicinal claims that have become such an integral part of the dog and cat meat trade have been proven false – they are purely marketing tactics created and promoted by greedy and heartless traffickers, butchers and dog and cat meat Restaurant owners so they can make their blood money by deliberately torturing defenceless and innocent dogs and cats to death. This evilness and sadism must be stopped and banned forever.

  3. Sumiko Kanda
    Sumiko KandaMay 11,17

    I needed to do something to help Korean dogs and I finish giving about 150 leaflets from Korean dog org to local people in Philadelphia area. I joined with other millions of people world wide to BOYCOTT ALL KOREAN AND CHINESE PRODUCTS. I never want to visit Korea, China and other Asian countries where innocent defenseless animals are being cruelly treated. Of course I boycott Olympic in Korea.

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