Council member Timothy Murphy of Burbank responds to call to action against the dog meat trade
We had received an email response from Council member Timothy Murphy of Burbank, California regarding our campaign. We asked Burbank to take action against the dog meat trade in Incheon, South Korea, Burbank’s Sister City. We are grateful to Mr. Murphy for responding to our concern so quickly, and for expressing his support for our campaign. He thanked us for our message and informed us that he signed several of our petitions. We hope that the Councilmember Murphy will be able to bring the city leadership on board to speak out against the horrible cruelty, and urge Incheon to enforce the law to close down the illegal dog meat industry.
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We sent Council member Murphy and all the members of the Burbank City Council a thank you email as below:
Dear Councilman Murphy,
Thank you so much for responding to our concerns and taking action to help the dogs and cats in Korea.
We hope that the city of Burbank will take action to reach out to your Sister City, Incheon, and urge them to end the illegal and inhumane dog and cat meat cruelty immediately. Many of the cities that we have contacted, kindly have taken action, and as a result, a few of the cities in Korea have begun the process of becoming “dog meat- free”. Mayor Harvey Hall of Bakersfield, California has contacted their Sister City Bucheon, and now Bucheon is on its way to become the first “dog meat- free city” in South Korea. (https://www.koreandogs.org/bucheon-a-new-light-shines-in-the-darkness/) Jeonju has also begun the process to become the second “dog meat- free city”. Your action, even a simple phone call or a letter, can make a difference for so many of these helpless animals living in utterly hellish conditions, then brutally slaughtered. Click here to learn more about our campaigns and the responses we had received from cities in the
U.S. and around the world:
Incheon is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one is for so-called “Health Food Shops” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one is for “dog meat restaurants”. The searches resulted in 435 Health Food Shops and 241 dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Incheon.
Incheon Health Food Shops: https://www.map.naver.com/?query=%EC%9D%B8%EC%B2%9C%EC%8B%9C+%EA%B1%B4%EA%B0%95%EC%9B%90&type=SITE_1
Incheon Dog Meat Soup: https://www.map.naver.com/index.nhn?query=7J247LKc7IucIOuztOyLoO2DlQ&enc=b64&tab=1
Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Incheon in order to supply all of these outlets. The profound indifference and the disregard for the laws of the Incheon government and the majority of its citizens, are the root cause of the immense suffering of tens of thousands of sentient animals, universally considered companion animals of humans.
Again, we thank you, and hope you will follow our efforts in changing the perception of dog and cat- eating nations, like South Korea. We are a “grassroots”, hands-on group of people who dedicate ourselves to ending the cruelty in the dog and cat meat trade. We continue to work, not for profit, but with love and compassion, for the Korean animals.
Video: Dog farm in Incheon, South Korea. SaveKoreanDogs.org