To the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Jacques Rogge and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mr. Jin-Sun Kim,
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Albert Schweitzer said, “The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo. We need a boundless ethic, which includes the animals also.”
South Korea is the World’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered and eaten as “health food” each year. Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment from the moment they are born till the day they are slaughtered; dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives with no protection from extreme weather and no 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 giving men energy. Koreans genuinely believe that the more dogs suffer, the more the consumer will enjoy the health benefits and enjoy the meat. 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 30% 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 committing this type of barbaric and despicable brutality in this day and age. But 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 that they can’t escape from. If South Korea wants to join the civilized nations and be respected as a nation of conscience, they need to strengthen their animal protection law and ban the dog and cat consumption once and for all. This has been going on far too long and it’s time for their government to take a moral leadership for their citizens. Not only does this save the Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will further their economic interest because people of the world will not stop condemning South Korea’s cruelty.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
I will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and the South Korean businesses until the South Korean government takes the steps to ban the shameful dog and cat meat trade. We sincerely hope that your organization will stand with us and do what’s right.
I also urge you to write to the Olympic Committee that we you will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
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