Leafleting and Informational Event on South Korean Dog Meat Trade – Oct 19, 2014 – San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf
Every day is a great day to advocate against cruelty. But Sunday, October 19, 2014 at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf was especially perfect with warm sunshine and breezes. We had another tremendous day speaking out against the horrendous cruelty of the South Korean Dog and Cat Meat Trade with over 1,000 leaflets handed out and 187 petition signatures collected by five wonderful and dedicated volunteer campaigners. Thank you to Sam, Don, Liliana, Katie, and Giny for giving South Korean meat trade dogs a voice at San Francisco’s most visited, and one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations.
We had lots of good conversations with hundreds of people from all over the world – most of them encouraging and thanking us for being there. Many are shocked to find out this is happening in the country they are familiar with for the products they use everyday such as Samsung, Hyundai, Kia, and LG.
A couple of Korean guys confronted our Korean volunteer and one argued that eating dogs is just like eating any other meat. She tried to explain to him that if the Koreans are embarrassed about our campaign then all they need to do is to stop eating dogs. He angrily responded that he is not embarrassed about the dog eating but he is embarrassed about our Korean volunteer. She did not respond to that remark and they walked away shouting “This is our Culture!” But do the Koreans really want their culture to be known for dog meat cruelty?
We also met a Korean family, a father with what I assume were his two young daughters, who were sympathetic to our campaign, and the two young ladies signed our petition. The father mentioned that he has seen these anti-dog meat protests and petition drives in Korea many times. He declined to sign our petition despite the urging by his daughters but he reluctantly agreed to sign our online petitions. There were many other Koreans and Korean-Americans walking by our displays, shocked to see us there but not wanting to talk to us. We hope that we were able to spread the message that we care about these animals and we will not stop asking for the public’s help to bring an end to the inhumane dog-meat industry in South Korea.
Robert F. Kennedy said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” On this day, we spoke out loudly in opposition to the terrible injustice against the millions of man’s best friends in South Korea and we hope to have inspired many others to do the same.
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 on 11/4/14] Mailed the petition signatures we collected from our event to the South Korean President Geun-Hye Park today!
We enclosed in the package to President Park petition letters for the following petitions with the petition signatures we collected from our event on October 19, 2014 at the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco:
- Boycott Busan International Film Festival – Hundreds of thousands of puppies are killed at the Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market every year!
- Samsung, Hyundai, Kia, LG, POSCO, SK and all South Korean Companies: Adopt a company policy to ban dog and cat meat consumption!
- Boycott All International Conferences in South Korea – Nation of Heinous Cruelty and Shameful Apathy!
- Boycott Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG until S. Korea bans the dog and cat torture and consumption