LCA is fighting to stop the horrific South Korean dog meat trade, in which 2.5 million dogs are slaughtered each year. Dogs are hung, electrocuted and skinned alive in the belief that torture makes the meat taste better.
Please help stop the cruelty. Sign the petition, and read below for more ways to help stop dog meat in Korea!
Help Stop the Suffering!
Tell the U.S. Ambassador of South Korea to Urge a Ban on Dog and Cat Meat!
Dear Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young,
I respectfully urge the Korean government to put an end to the cruel dog and cat meat industry. I have great respect for the Korean people and Korean culture, but I am horrified to learn that the brutal practice of torturing and killing dogs continues despite global outcry. The dog and cat meat trade — including the barbaric Bok Nal dog meat superstitious ritual — is internationally perceived as a disgrace to Korea.
As you know, dogs and cats endure brutal abuse in the meat trade, and Korean officials are doing nothing to stop the suffering. Please urge the government of South Korea to pass legislation at once to ban dog and cat meat!
Dog Meat Trade:
South Korea systematically breeds and raises dogs solely for the purpose of human consumption. Koreans claim that the more a dog suffers the better its meat tastes — so many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. They are commonly beaten, hanged, electrocuted and burned or boiled alive.
Dedicated activists in Korea — like Nami Kim of SaveKoreanDogs — are working hard to end the torture and slaughter of dogs. Yet there is still much work to be done.
Pyo Chang-won, chairman of the Korean Parliament’s Animal Welfare Committee, has proposed amendments to existing animal protection laws that would end the cruel dog meat in Korea. CLICK HERE to read Pyo’s statement on the issue of dog meat.
An estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are cruelly slaughtered and eaten each year in South Korea. This is the only country in the world with large-scale commercial dog meat farms — yet even these are not enough to meet demand, so dogs are shipped in from China, too. Many stolen pets end up in Korean slaughterhouses, tortured and killed for meat.
Particularly appalling is the three-week-long Bok Nal superstitious ritual, which occurs annually in July and August on what are thought to be the hottest days of the year. Bok Nal participants consume dog meat soup (bosintang) in the belief that this dish has a cooling effect.
Dog meat is far more common among the older generations in Korea; younger generations do not generally participate in eating dogs, and many are speaking out against it. In spite of worldwide public outcry, however, the Korean government has traditionally turned a blind eye to this practice.
LCA Founder and President Chris DeRose is in continued negotiations to have Korea’s existing animal cruelty laws enforced, which would stop the torture of dogs and cats in the meat trade. With the gracious assistance of Los Angeles Consul General Lee Key-Cheol, real progress is being made. However, there is a long way to go before this brutal industry is finally eradicated.
CLICK HERE to read an interview of Chris DeRose published in The Korea Daily discussing Korea’s dog meat trade.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1) Sign the petition above asking Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young to urge the passage of legislation banning dog and cat meat.
2) Send Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young a letter in the mail as well. Use the text in the petition as an example. Mail your letter to the following address:
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Ahn Ho-Young
2450 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20008
3) Boycott the Winter Olympics of 2018, to be held in the city of PyeongChang, South Korea.
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