Step by step, the City of Bucheon has been taking necessary actions towards their goal of becoming the first “Dog Meat Free” city in South Korea. We are more than grateful to the Mayor of Bucheon, Man-Soo Kim, and his teams for working so hard to make this goal a reality and for their willingness in being the leader in this critical step forward in ending the dog meat trade in Korea. Nami continues to lend her support to Mayor Kim’s team by coordinating efforts and assisting the city in this historic endeavor.
Our campaign is working. Let’s keep it going! New Sister/Friendship City Campaigns
Every day, dear friends, millions of helpless animals – those we consider man’s best friend and who are part of our families – are being subjected to horrific cruelty while the Korean government and the majority of Korean citizens turn a blind eye. We can no longer stand silently by while these dogs suffer immeasurably in tortuous conditions and are brutally slaughtered. Please be their voice today. Please take action!
Protest is planned by the Korean Dog Meat Association at the Korean Presidential residence (Blue House) in Seoul on September 22, 2017. They plan to bring live dogs in trucks to the protest in defiance of defending the dog meat trade/industry in South Korea. Please take the action to file petition asking Korean government to not allow this protest to take place.
Update on Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market’s Cruelty Case e-people Official Korean Government Response: baffling – blame shifting – unprofessional.
We received a response from a petition submission regarding the Busan Gupo Market Cruelty Case to the Korean Government’s e-people web site; it answered none of our concerns, made little sense and shifted responsibility to other Government offices. The reply was not what we should expect from any official main government-operated site that invites comment from the public, and especially not from the Government of such a wealthy, highly educated country. The least that we should expect is a reasonable, coherent and informed response to our legitimate concerns.
We very much appreciate Mayor Yoon-Joo Kim responding to us and what he says in his letter sounds very genuine. However, it does not contain any promise of affirmative action to end the illegal dog and cat meat industries operating in his city. But we still feel our campaign to be a success as the Mayor and his Government are now well aware that people from all over the world are monitoring them and they realize that we are not going away until the dog and cat meat trades are brought to an end. We are cautiously optimistic that the Mayor will put his words into action in any future policies and decisions he makes for the animals in his city.
We had already closed this campaign but nevertheless, it had made a positive impact by raising awareness about this issue with the City of Nottingham, as well as making Seoul Gangseo-gu aware that we are campaigning against their dog meat industry. The mayor of Gangseo-gu had stated that they will “enhance PR efforts and administrative guidance to prevent animal abuse and unsanitary distribution practices in order to do everything we can within our power.” However, he doesn’t say that he will take steps to ban the illegal dog and cat meat trade. We must keep our pressure on their government to motivate them to take action to end the horrific dog meat trade.
We are grateful to Mr. Leggett for responding to our concern so quickly and for supporting our campaign. He informed us that they have begun a review of the information we sent regarding the treatment of these animals and will forward their concerns and the information they have received to their Friendship City for comment. Mr. Leggett also kindly informed us that they, “as a County and a community, stand firmly against animal cruelty in all its forms.” We are appreciative of Mr. Leggett’s leadership in speaking out against the cruelty of the illegal dog and cat industry in Korea and look forward to receiving an update from his organization after they receive a response from Goryeong-gun.
President Moon Jae-In heard our voice, literally! Big thank you goes out to Susan Song and everyone who participated in the peaceful protest in New York City on September 18th.
Dedicated preparation, hard work and persistence paid off really big yesterday. Susan Song, the organizer, and the volunteer activists were face to face with the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-In as he sat in his limousine in traffic on the streets of New York City.
Click HERE to watch the videos and photos from this momentous encounter. Our big thank you goes out to Susan Song and everyone who helped out!! Click HERE to share this news!