Frequently Asked Questions to KoreanDogs.org
🐶 What can I do to help?
There are many ways in which you can help fight against this cruelty.
The most important action you can take is to call the South Korean Embassy in your country and speak out against this atrocity. Phone numbers and talking points can be found here: https://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: https://koreandogs.org/petitions/.
For more ways to help fight against this brutal industry, please visit the “What you can do” page here: https://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: https://koreandogs.org/.
🐶 Do petitions really work?
The e-People petition is the South Korean government’s official petition site, and your petition will receive a response from the Korean government. Anyone from all countries can file a petition using the e-People petition. I have filed about 3,000 petitions on e-People already and have received responses to most of them.
📌 It’s pretty simple to file e-People petitions, but you can find help on (1) how to file an e-People petition and (2) how to check the status of your e-People petitions on our website.
Would you please help save millions of Korean animals from horrific cruelty by taking this action today? 🙏
To file an e-People petition, go to any of our campaign pages, and file an e-people petition using our “Suggested message” or your own words.
Other online petitions such as Change.org and Avaaz.org:
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 created without much care. In some cases, the petition process is not followed through properly with the collected signatures to the petitioned party. However, the petitions we recommend are ones that we have created ourselves or ones from people/organizations that we trust. 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.
🐶 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.
👉 MFA’s Guide To Leafleting: https://youtu.be/YMKUsOcvTHI
👉 Easy and Effective Leafleting: https://www.peta.org/action/activism-guide/everyday-activism/leafleting/
🐶 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 leafletting 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 USD $5 (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 or the volunteers who can handle the shipping.
🐶 What about the chickens, cows, and pigs?
We have FAQ pages we are sharing from the Korean animal welfare groups for answers to these questions.
https://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 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 ship free leaflets outside of the U.S. due to the high shipping cost. 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 in 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 need to pay for it. It costs around $65 (including shipping costs) and is 8 ft x 3 ft in size. Click HERE to see our banner.
🐶 Why don’t the people 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 personal property without permission, nor can that person ‘take’ the dog without consent, 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 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 of 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 isn’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 the “what you can do” page for more detailed information on suggested action etc.
🐶 Why do you show such graphic images in your campaigns? Don’t you think you would get a better response if you used more positive photos and stories?
While 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 do not know 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 cannot imagine (or have never considered) the appalling treatment and aberrant cruelty inflicted on the living animals. 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 they are a free resource; they are one of the largest and most successful. They provide valuable functions for our campaign, but they do not offer the capability for petitioners to sign multiple petitions at once. We realize it is very time-consuming for our supporters, especially in light of the number of petitions we generate; however, each petition does need to be individually read and then signed. While we cannot change this, please know that your voice is critical because your voice is the only one these animals have.
🐶 Wouldn’t it be better if you had only one petition instead of many different ones? That way, you would probably get millions of signatures.
Although it seems like an excellent way 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, which promotes it for us free of charge.
We are a volunteer group and operate without donations. Therefore, our strategy is to maximize free resources to flood social media with this issue, which is why we put so much effort into creating as many widespread campaigns and petitions as possible.
It would not be possible to cover all of the dog meat trade issues and the detail required to inform and persuade the different targets with just one generic petition. It will not make for effective campaigning if we do not tailor the wording to the individual organization or petitioned persons.
🐶 I have sent emails to addresses given on your web pages, but many of them ‘bounce’ or have some other message saying they cannot be delivered. Why is this?
There could be several reasons why your emails are returned or not delivered. Your returned email will indicate why the email returned, such as “Message blocked,” “The receiver denied your mail,” or “The mailbox of the recipient account is insufficient.” We suggest separating your personal email from the petition mailing email account. You can also set up multiple email accounts on Gmail for petition email sending.
In addition, the sources from which we have collected these email addresses could be outdated or incorrect; or may have changed since we collected this information and listed it on our website. We do try our best to keep up-to-date information, but, as you can appreciate, it is not always possible to reflect these changes.
The e-People petition is the most effective of all your actions, so please try doing that today. This will never bounce back, and you will always get a response from the Korean government. www.e-People.go.kr
We also urge everyone to pass on your message by sending postal letters and making telephone calls. Telephoning is particularly effective as the message cannot be so easily ‘ignored.’
🐶 Your campaigns and website focus on helping dogs, but what about cats?
We focus most of our efforts on helping dogs because the scale of the Korean dog meat industry and the amount of suffering involved are much larger than what exists in the exploitation of cats in Korea. If the Korean government is forced to end the dog meat trade, this will have a flow-on effect that will also end the cat meat trade.
Also, we are a volunteer group not based in South Korea. We do not have unlimited resources, and we cannot rescue Korean dogs or cats directly. So our aim and purpose are to support animal rights and rescue groups on the ground in Korea by sharing information and supporting their fundraiser efforts, etc.
However, if you are concerned about cruelty to cats, there are many ways you can help to end both dog and cat consumption in South Korea. Please click HERE to take action today.
🐶 Why did you change your online petition site to Avaaz.org? This site is suspicious, and many people will not sign.
From around November 2019 to October 2020, we had problems using Change.org. We were not able to create new petitions on Change.org. We had asked Change.org to resolve this issue numerous times, but they could not fix it. So we had to go with other options. We have tried CARE2.com, but they limited the number of petitions we can create to 5.
So we went with the Avaaz.org site so that we could continue our campaign. We have seen no information about Avaaz.org to believe it is not a legitimate site.
Here is an article you may be interested in: https://www.1843magazine.com/content/features/robert-butler/man-behind-avaaz
If you have information about the Avaaz.org site not being credible, please forward it to us.
Since around November 2020, we have been able to use Change.org again to create new petitions. Change.org has much more functionality and is a much better option for petitions overall. Therefore, we will not be using Avaaz.org to create new petitions, but we will continue to collect more signatures on the petitions that we have already created on Avaaz.org.
🐶 I tried to sign petitions, and I got stuck; I got an error message.
It’s difficult for us to help with troubleshooting your issue without knowing what you’re referring to. Please send us a screenshot of where in the petition process you’re getting stuck; be sure to include the error message you’ve received. If you don’t know how to capture a screenshot of your computer screen, this is a great program that I have found very simple. You can download it free from here: https://download.cnet.com/Snipping-Tool/3000-20418_4-78360520.html.
If your question is regarding filing an e-People petition, please refer to our step-by-step instructions before you contact us, as you may find the answer there.
👉 How to file e-People petitions -South Korea’s official government online petition: https://koreandogs.org/epeople/
👉 How to check the status of your e-People petitions-South Korea’s official government online petition: https://koreandogs.org/epeople-check/
🐶 What is “Flight Volunteer”?
Have you been staying in South Korea, or are you planning a trip to South Korea in the near future? Have you ever considered being a flight volunteer? As a flight volunteer, you will be able to help a dog on their journey to their new home overseas in the United States and Canada simply by adding them to your ticket as extra luggage organized and paid for by Korean organizations.
Simply send the Korean organizations an email to let them know when and where you are traveling, and they will take care of the rest. All you will need to do is meet the dog at the airport for take-off and then again at the landing and watch as they are united with their forever families! Sending dogs internationally takes a lot of time, money, and organizing. Without the help of the flight volunteers, many animals would not be able to make it to their forever homes abroad.
So please consider volunteering today!
👉 Click HERE for some of the Korean organizations that need flight volunteers.
🐶 Can you translate your campaign into my language?
Although we translate some parts of our campaigns into other languages as necessary, we cannot translate our campaigns into other languages. However, you can use Google Translate to translate our campaigns into your language. 👉 Click HERE for Google Translate.