[Campaign Closed] World Veterinary Congress 2017: Speak Out Against The Dog and Cat Meat Trade in South Korea.
Campaign created by Susan Song.
[Update January 12, 2017] We are very pleased to receive such a positive response from the World Veterinary Association regarding our petition “World Veterinary Congress 2017: Speak Out Against The Dog and Cat Meat Trade in South Korea.” Click HERE to learn more.
We are reaching out to the participants of the World Veterinary Congress (WVC), by the World Veterinary Association (WVA), to help put an end to the dog meat trade in South Korea. The 33rd WVC is being held in South Korea from August 27 to 31 this year, a country which still farms and eats dogs. 2.5 million dogs are slaughtered each year and consumed. The host city, Incheon, is one of the highest dog meat consumption areas in Korea.
This year the World Veterinary Congress is promoting the concept of “One Health, an emerging concept that encompasses the health of humans, animals and their environment across the globe”. The center of the Congress symbol shows a silhouette of a human surrounded by animals and clouds that delivers a message that veterinarians co-exist with animals, with a theme of One Health, “The health of humans, animals and ecosystems are all interconnected.”
We are asking you, the participants of the WVC 2017, to help bring awareness and a solution to this problem. As a medical professional you can make a difference with your support.
Video: SaveKoreanDogs. “Meat Dog” Breeding Farm in Incheon Ganghwado, South Korea.
Two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Centers” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants” reveals the sickening scale of South Korea’s dog meat demand: 12,979 Health Food Centers; and 4,024 restaurants in Korea and 171 restaurants in the vicinity of Incheon.
Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in Korea in order to supply all of these outlets.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
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World Veterinary Association
Avenue de Tervueren 12
Send a copy of your letter to the 33rd World Veterinary Congress Organizing Committee:
33rd World Veterinary Congress Organizing Committee
Dae-Myung B/D 5F
(06562) 205 Bangbae-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Address in Korean:
2017 인천 세계수의사대회 조직위원회
(우)06562 서울특별시 서초구 방배로 205
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33rd World Veterinary Congress – 2017 인천 세계수의사대회
World Veterinary Congress 2017: Speak Out Against The Dog and Cat Meat Trade in South Korea
Dear participants of the World Veterinary Congress:
We are reaching out to the participants of the World Veterinary Congress to help put an end to the dog meat trade in South Korea. The WVC is being held in South Korea this year, a country which still farms and eats dogs. 2.5 million dogs are slaughtered each year and consumed.
The methods utilized in this unregulated industry are barbaric, and the conditions under which these animals are kept are horrendous. It has been well-documented that the treatment of these dogs is unimaginably cruel and inhumane. From birth to death they are kept in cramped cages raised off of the ground, so that their feet never touch the ground their entire lives. They are fed food wastes in extremely unsanitary conditions. Their treatment during transport to slaughter is horrific. They are packed so tightly into cages like stuffed animals that many die from being crushed by the weight of the other dogs. They must endure extreme heat and cold, and are given no water during the days-long trek, so that many die of dehydration.
The slaughter methods themselves are nothing short of sadistic and inhumane. They promote the misguided belief that the adrenaline release which occurs at death improves the quality of the meat, so that the dogs are purposefully tortured and made to experience extreme fear and suffering at slaughter. This often takes the form of prolonged beatings while being hanged, and smaller dogs and cats are boiled often alive to make “tonics” which are purported to treat ailments such as rheumatism.
The health risks to humans are all too real. By the time these dogs are slaughtered, they are so sick with untreated broken bones, infections and malnutrition, that anyone who has not themselves witnessed the documentaries of this practice has no idea that the meat that is going into their “health soup” has been harvested in the most disgusting and unsanitary fashion.
As veterinarians and professionals in animal welfare, you are able to appreciate the negative impact that this practice has on our society. This is not just an argument against an unjust and cruel practice. It is not an argument against what people should and should not eat. It is an argument against the treatment of fellow living animals. It is an argument against the negative health impact that this has on us humans.
This year the World Veterinary Congress is promoting the concept of “One Health, an emerging concept that encompasses the health of humans, animals and their environment across the globe”
The center of the Congress symbol shows a silhouette of a human surrounded by animals and clouds that … delivers a message that veterinarians co-exist with animals, with a theme of One Health, “The health of humans, animals and ecosystems are all interconnected.”
We are asking you to help bring awareness and a solution to this problem. As a medical professional you can make a difference with your support.
[Your Name & City/Country]
- Call the WVA Secretariat: 32 2 533 70 20
Suggested phone message
Hello, I’m calling to speak to the Secretariat of the World Veterinary Association, Mr. Vaarten, to ask for his help on an important issue regarding this year’s congress in Incheon, South Korea.
If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in South Korea, regardless of the fact that it is illegal under South Korean Law – but the laws are not enforced. The dog and cat meat trades involve extreme and widespread animal cruelty, and the animals suffer unimaginable pain and distress. They cannot speak for themselves, which is why I am calling on their behalf. And, I believe that your organization would wish to be made aware of this issue, as you would not want to ignore the illegal and immoral cruelty being carried out on any animal, and particularly not on ones that are loyal, trusting creatures, which look up to us humans as their guardians.
These illegal trades are being allowed to continue by Korean authorities – even though there is growing opposition from pet owners across South Korea, and throughout the world.
So, I am asking you to please speak out against this cruel trade and urge the Korean people to enforce their own laws, not ignore them, and to show compassion to their companion animals, and also respect to their own citizens, by bringing this trade to an end.
With the Winter Olympics coming up in 2018, this is the time to make change; this is the time to stop the illegal, inhumane and unnecessary cruelty. I know that South Korea has many beautiful, admirable and noble practices and customs worth preserving, but this is not one of them.
Thank you for your time and understanding.
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