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Newsletter – April 29, 2016

 
Major Victory!!! Mayor Merola of Bologna has raised his concerns to Seongnam’s Mayor Lee about the dog and cat meat trade.
 

We have just received wonderful news from our Italian volunteer that, in direct response to our campaign, Mayor Merola of Bologna, Italy, has taken action and written to Seongnam’s Mayor Jae-Myung Lee. Click HERE for our campaign page. Our Sister City Campaign has been urging the City of Bologna to speak out against the horrendous cruelty in Seongnam, which is their new Friendship City, as well as where the largest dog meat market in South Korea is located. Although nothing has so far changed in Seongnam and its Moran Market, this is a major victory as this is only the second time that the Mayor of a Korean Sister/Friendship city has taken action to confront their Korean Sister Cities about this issue. (The first one was Glendale, California).

Click HERE for more info and call for action!

Photo:Seongnam Moran Dog Meat Market.
 

Major Victory!!! Mayor Merola of Bologna has raised his concerns to Seongnam’s Mayor Lee about the dog and cat meat trade.
 
Sister City Campaign – Goyang, Korea – Maui County, Hawaii

Maui County, Hawaii became Sister city to South Korea’s Goyang (Gyeonggi-do) in 2012. Yet Goyang, South Korea is responsible for the ongoing horrendous torture and killing of dogs and cats. Goyang is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas as well as dog farm areas in South Korea. If you have ever wondered what hell would be like, just visit or watch the videos of dog farms and slaughterhouses scattered all throughout Goyang. There are countless dog farms from small to very large, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. Please watch the video of a typical dog farm in Goyang https://youtu.be/EVVPruGyKj8.
Click HERE for more info and call for action!

Video: Dog farm in Goyang, South Korea . KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates).

Sister City Campaign – Goyang (Gyeonggi-do), South Korea – Maui County, Hawaii
 
Victory! Incheon Kyesan Dog Farm to shut down and the launch of tax evasion investigation

Sharing from Nami Kim and her team‘s Facebook post on April 23, 2016.

More good news! While the district office is working on the deadline to shut down the Kyesan dog farm, the tax office in Incheon called to update me on their investigation after sending the official letter of inquiry to the owner. The tax office is digging into the records of the Kyesan dog farm owner. The owner will be charged under tax evasion as the dog meat trade is 100% cash business. This corrupt government agency now identifies itself in the red and as a result is now very quick to take action to recover its losses. At this time, the dog farm is being taken down with an “order to vacate” from the district office. The butcher has a lot to answer to with the tax office, district office, and police involved in this case. Our report to the police on the day when Jenny and I were there under the violation of the Animal Protection Act (with the slaughter facility in it) is now in the hands of the prosecutor. So far the heaviest fine I have seen is less than $200 under the Act. We have two more cases on-going and hopefully I can announce victory very soon.
Click HERE for more info and photos!

Photo: Dog farm in Incheon Kyesan, South Korea. Nami Kim Team.

Victory! Incheon Kyesan Dog Farm to shut down and the launch of tax evasion investigation
 
2016 Bus Ad Campaign – Please Help Nami Kim Save Korean Dogs!

We need your generosity and compassion for the millions of dogs in South Korea’s dog meat trade. In order to continue the bus ads that began running in February, 2016, targeting the dog eaters in Incheon city, known for its high dog meat consumption, we need kind generosity from you. These ads are unprecedented in Korea.

Translated, the ads are carrying this message:
“Dog! Dogs are not for eating – they are our companions.
There is no differentiation between a ‘pet dog’ and a ‘meat dog’.
How would you feel if your pet ended up in a slaughterhouse?”

In order to continue the ad, $16,000 needs to be raised for the next four months. This covers ten buses at $400 per bus, per month. Bus line 88 travels through three cities: Incheon, Bucheon and Seoul (a three hour route), the longest bus line with 200 stops and 30,000 passengers a day. It runs all day long from 5 am to 12 midnight. This ad has already triggered a movement of animal lovers in Busan City and Yangsan City where flyers were distributed inside the bus. The hope is that this will spread to other cities.

SaveKoreanDogs is a small group of activists fighting the dog meat industry in Seoul and the surrounding cities in Gyeonggi province, including Incheon, Bucheon, Gimpo, and others. They are independent and not supported by any groups or organizations. The rescue team and the campaign team have their feet on the ground, educating people about the horrors of the dog meat industry and saving dogs from a brutal death. In addition, the team continually raises its voice to the Korean government, urging that a ban on the dog meat trade be enforced.

The high demand season for dog meat trade is just around the corner. We appreciate any donation that you can give. No amount is too small. We thank you with all of our hearts!

Nami Kim Team

Click HERE for more info!

Video: Bus Number 88 with Anti-Dog Meat Ad, South Korea. Nami Kim Team.

2016 Bus Ad Campaign – Please Help Nami Kim Save Korean Dogs!
 
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”  
-Mahatma Gandhi
 

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