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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres: Help bring an end to the unacceptable and cruel South Korean Dog and Cat Meat Trades!
The South Korean national, Ban Ki-Moon stepped down from his role as Secretary-General to the United Nations at the end of 2016. During his time in office, we ran a campaign asking for him to personally take action to help stop the dog and cat meat trades in his home country, where millions of these animals are routinely subjected to abusive and cruel treatment. We never received a response from Mr Ban himself, although we did receive a letter from the United Nations.
Mr. António Guterres takes over as the new Secretary-General of the UN, from January 1st 2017; we must, therefore, continue our efforts by imploring this new Secretary-General to use his voice and position to speak out against these horrific meat trades.
Please call, email and write to the Secretary General António Guterres today! You can use our sample letter below or use your own words.
- Call the Secretary General’s office in UN Headquarter in New York and tell them that you want a response from the Secretary General regarding the torture and killing of dogs in South Korea’s dog meat industry!
- Send an email to the Secretary General Guterres’ s staff (Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General):
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- Send a letter to his office:
Secretary General António Guterres
United Nations Headquarter
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017 USA
- Sign and share petition!
- Join our Facebook event and invite everyone!
Sample letter to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres
To the honorable United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your appointment to Secretary General. We have written many petition letters to your predecessor with regard to our fundamental mission to end the barbaric dog and cat meat trade in South Korea. Whilst we received acknowledgements of sympathy with our cause, no substantive response from the Secretary General was ever received and no action from the United Nations has been taken.
The dog and cat meat trade has not only caused unimaginable suffering from birth to slaughter of millions of animals each year, it has also proven to be a threat to human health through the spreading of infectious diseases. It is a dangerous and largely unregulated trade, domestic farm animals are often treated better and at least have enshrined rights however minimal. In addition, there is growing international pressure being put on South Korea as a result of this terrible brutality towards its animals. You may already be aware the highly publicized recent debate in the Houses of Parliament of the UK Government where substantial public pressure showed just how much citizens wish to end this brutal, abhorrent and hazardous trade for good (see: http://koreandogs.org/uk-parliament-debate/ ).
All over the world ordinary citizens are petitioning, campaigning and protesting with their governments on this issue, yet no substantive international pressure or action has been taken against South Korea. The UN appears toothless and willing to turn and look the other way such a critical issue to both human health and humane treatment of animals.
We believe that the position you hold offers you immeasurable power that can persuade or demand immediate action in bringing an end to the disgraceful dog and cat meat industry in South Korea. Not only will you help to save countless numbers of defenseless animals in South Korea from a gruesome desolate existence, you will also be standing up for the will of the world in recognizing the monumental effort citizens have made in trying to bring about an end to this practice – you will show us you are listening and that the trust that people have in you as an international leader is well founded.
Ashley Montagu, (Humanist of the Year, 1995) said, “The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.”
Please remember that the actions you take today will ultimately forever define your legacy.
Secretary General Guterres we respectfully ask that you use your substantial influence and leadership to immediately address this despicable practice and help bring an end, once and for all, to the unimaginable cruelty of the dog and cat meat trade in South Korea.
The favor of your reply with your signature is requested. We sincerely thank you for your attention to this matter.
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