IOC say they are ‘limited to the scope of the Games’ – we question that response.
[Update: December 4, 2017] Received response to our petition signatures package.
In response to the petition signatures package we mailed to the International Olympic Committee, they sent us the below letter. This is the same one we received previously.
We sent a response to the IOC on December 6, 2017 as below:
Dear Ms. Tordjmann, Mr. Adams,
We thank you for taking the time to reply to our petition letter.
We acknowledge your response in the letter, but indeed, are saddened that you feel that it is not in your remit to take action on this matter.
Pyeongchang won the bid for hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics on several criteria, one of which was ‘public opinion’. We feel sure that this public opinion might not have been so positive had there been transparency on all the controversial issues surrounding the dog and cat meat trades; issues (over and above the abysmal cruelty) such as the deleterious effects, both physical and psychological, to the South Korean people, within the country and abroad, and also health concerns for the world at large. These concerns are real, and recognised by conscientious South Koreans, such as the inspiring politician, Dr. Pyo Changwon, who, as noted in his facebook statement [https://koreandogs.org/pyo-changwon-fb/] in August this year, is working hard to right these wrongs.
Your IOC web-site was quoted as saying that “Sport presents broad opportunities to promote … far-reaching actions for environmental, social and economic development across society”.
We agree. Which is why we are now asking you to help us support the efforts of people like Dr. Pyo Changwon: if you cannot directly approach your South Korean counterparts on this matter, would you make them aware that you have received our petition, and how many people, across the globe, have signed it and are calling for change.
Following a letter sent by Francie, to the President of the International Olympic Committee(IOC), in Switzerland, regarding the brutal dog and cat-meat trades in South Korea, the following reply (shown below) was received stating that the remit of the IOC was purely games-orientated and they were declining to take any action, as the IOC could have no say in the affairs of a sovereign nation.
Whilst we are not asking them to ‘impose measures’ on South Korea, we are asking the IOC to consider their stated aim of promoting ‘far-reaching actions for environmental, social and economic development across society’ by, not only, building on the partnership they have with the Ministry of Education of this host nation, but also through the IOC’s stated expectation that “People expect the Games to be a catalyst for lasting change—a change that ranges far beyond sport performance and facilities.”
As such, we feel that the IOC are very well-placed to address our concerns.
Château de Vidy
Case postale 356
Mrs Francie Campbell
We ask you to please watch this video: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8M u70Q
South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered each year and eaten as “health food”.
Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered; dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives with no protection from extreme elements, and have no access to water, exercise, or medical care. Their eardrums are often burst to prevent them from barking.
In broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death.
This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating a dog (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and provides men with energy.
South Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dog is made to suffer, it will enrich the quality of the meat and increase the health benefits to the consumer. Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism.
The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China.
It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers and boasts one of the highest education levels in the world, is still continuing to commit this type of barbaric brutality in this day and age.
However, for the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare from which they can’t escape.
If South Korea wants to be respected as a nation of conscience, South Koreans need to strengthen the animal protection law and permanently ban dog and cat consumption.
This has continued far too long, and it is now time for the South Korean government to take a moral leadership for its citizens and take a stand against this barbaric practice.
Not only would this save the South Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will be in South Korea’s economic interests because people of the world will not stop condemning South Korea’s cruelty.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
It is time for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society.
That means it is time for the South Korean government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a proper manner.
The first step must be to finally end the horrendous cruelty of dog and cat meat consumption!
If South Korea does not take the above actions immediately, I will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and South Korean businesses and tourism. The favor of your reply is requested.
Thank you for taking swift action!
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