Progressive mayor takes momentous ‘step’ for the dogs of Bucheon Nami Kim’s meeting with Bucheon Mayor Man-Soo Kim
With the many Sister City Campaigns that we have worked on, so far the Mayor of Bucheon is the first, and only, Mayor who has extended his willingness to bring change. Mayor Man-Soo Kim of Bucheon has sat down with Nami Kim to discuss what can be done to help bring an end to the dog meat trade. In the video, he talks about the idea of arranging a locally-held, public/citizen debate on the dog meat issue, in the hopes of building a consensus about this very controversial issue as a stepping stone to further change and action. Nami is volunteering to participate in the debate. Mayor Kim is against dog meat consumption but the issue is not an easy one to tackle realistically, so he is trying to work out the best ways to achieve this.
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Sister City Campaign – Yongin, South Korea – Fullerton, California
Yongin is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 317 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 170 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Yongin alone! If every one of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, it is too awful to think of how many dog/cat farms and slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Yongin in order to supply all of these outlets – not to mention those that might appear under a different ‘search’.
Please ask Yongin’s Sister City – Fullerton, California – to speak out against the dog meat cruelty in Yongin. To learn more and take action, CLICK HERE.
In the typical fashion that we have come to expect, the Ambassador appeared to be unaware that such barbaric behavior still freely exists in his country, and assured us that his Government does concern itself about the maltreatment of innocent creatures. After reading his response, we infer that he was too distressed by this animal cruelty to be able to watch the video links provided. Little does he realize how distressed he really would have been had he actually watched that horrifying documentation of cruelty.
In addition, the Ambassador commented that millions of Koreans are loving, pet owners, and that awareness in civil society on this issue is very high; he noted that a survey suggests that around 93% of citizens support even stricter legal penalties for those convicted of animal abuse. But, if this is so, why haven’t we seen these caring citizens in our ongoing battle to stop the barbarity? Why is Nami Kim one of the only very few people in Korea waging war against these dog-farmers? To learn more and take action, CLICK HERE.
“A small body of determined spirits, fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission, can alter the course of history.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi