Leafleting and Informational Event on South Korean Dog Meat Trade – February 6, 2016 – San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf
We had another amazing day of giving a voice to the voiceless South Korean dogs and cats. A big thank you to Elizabeth, Kit, Don, Tracey, Daniela, Orso the Golden Retriever, Karen and Giny for their dedication in helping to end the horrific South Korean dog meat trade, and for spending their Saturday advocating for these South Korean dogs! We are so grateful for their caring hearts and compassion. This was a Super Bowl 50 weekend, so there were tons of extra out-of-town visitors who came for that; and the weather was on our side, too, with the nice spring-like weather. We handed out leaflets in both English and Spanish, together with lots of freebies, such as bumper stickers which read “MAN’S BEST FRIENDS ARE NOT FOOD! KOREANDOGS.ORG”; also pens and key chains kindly donated by Bob Heisler. Thank you, Bob!
We were there from 9am until 4pm, and managed to hand out over 1,200 leaflets. Literally tens of thousands of people walked by our displays, and were shocked and horrified by what they saw. They signed our petition, which was addressed to the South Korean President Geun-Hye Park, and we were able to collect 1,030 petition signatures. YAY! A new record!
We also had a Korean tour bus dropping off lots of Korean tourists at this location, so they all saw us and our displays. We had a chance to talk to the tour guide and driver of that tour company, and they expressed their concern about how damaging our protest is to Korea’s image. We told them that we have no choice but to protest because Korea is doing nothing to stop this horrendous cruelty. And, although the tour guide commented that he did not think that dog meat consumption will end over there, he did ask us for some leaflets which he was going to hand out to his customers; and we gladly gave him about 100 of them. Many young Koreans walked by laughing and giggling at our presence but some of them were surprised and concerned by what they saw, and signed our petition when asked.
People continued to line up, even as we were taking down our displays, because they were keen to sign our petition and help these poor dogs; so our volunteers carried on collecting signatures while we were packing up, as they didn’t want to miss any of them.
We also received several small donations, totaling $50, which we donated to Nami Kim and her team of dedicated activists and rescuers in Seoul, South Korea, who are continually fighting hard to end the dog meat trade and rescue as many dogs as they can from the dog meat industry.
Anyone can take action to give a voice to the Korean dogs. If you live in the US and would like to organize an event in your city or simply want to hand out our leaflets to your friends, family, and neighbors, contact us and we would be happy to send you our campaign leaflets absolutely free. Campaign materials can also be sent outside the US, but at this time free shipping is available only to US residents due to the high cost of shipping to other countries. Please accept our apologies and our thanks!
Update February 16, 2016: Petition signatures have been sent.
Copies of all 302 pages of the petition signatures which we had collected since we began collecting signatures at the San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf events on February 16, 2014, were sent to the petition targets noted below, on February 16, 2016 via the U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail. Petition parcels were sent to the UN Secretary General Ki-Moon Ban and the Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail with Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery which provides an added level of assurance by requiring the signature of the addressee or their authorized agent, upon receipt.
Click below for the USPS tracking info:
1. Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon
United Nations Headquarter, 405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017 USA
9489 6036 9930 0000 0250 94
2. Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States of America Ho-Young Ahn
Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
2450 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008, USA
9489 6036 9930 0000 0251 00
3. President of South Korea Geun-Hye Park
1 Cheongwa-daero, Jongro-gu, Seoul 03048, South Korea
LJ 516 258 290 US
4. Co-Founder of People’s Party Cheol-soo Ahn
The People’s Party of Korea
38 Ilshin Building 16th Floor
Mapo-gu District, Mapo-daero, Postal code 04174, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 마포구 마포대로 38 일신빌딩 16층 (우편번호 04174), South Korea
LJ 516 258 079 US
5. Prime Minister of South Korea Kyo-Ahn Hwang
Prime Minister Kyo-Ahn Hwang
(30107) Government Complex Sejong,261 Dasom-ro, Sejong-si, South Korea
(30107) 세종특별자치시 다솜로 261(어진동, 정부세종청사), South Korea
LJ 516 258 153 US
6. President & CEO of The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Yang-Ho Cho
The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games
26, Eulji-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
2018평창동계올림픽대회 및 장애인동계올림픽대회 조직위원회
서울특별시 중구 을지로5길 26 (수하동), South Korea
LJ 516 258 238 US
Included also in the packages are as below:
- Event photos
- Photos of South Korean Dog Meat Industry
- KoreanDogs.org campaign leaflets