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Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Get Canadian humanitarian out of North Korean prison!

On December 16, 2015, North Korea sentenced a Canadian pastor on a humanitarian mission to hard labor for life for "crimes against the state." Hyeon Soo Lim, a Korean-Canadian pastor from Toronto in his early sixties, was given the sentence after a swift 90-minute trial. He has been in detention since February 2015.  Pastor Lim traveled to North Korea on January 31, 2015 on a regular humanitarian mission.  Since 1997, Rev. Lim has been supporting where help is most needed, including an orphanage, public schools, and a nursing home in North Korea. He's made more than 100 trips to North Korea during the last 20 years, supplying food, textbooks, and agricultural tools to civilians. His trips were not political in nature. He was charged with "crimes" including harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, and helping U.S./South Korean authorities abduct North Korean citizens, along with assisting North Korean refugees escape the authoritarian regime. Rev. Lim admitted to these charges, which were most likely forced (other foreigners detained in North Korea and then released have said they were coerced into making similar statements and confessing guilt).  North Korea has very strict rules against any missionary or religious activities, as they are threatening to the supremacy of totalitarian leadership. Merely leaving a Bible in a public place can lead to arrest and severe punishment. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed "tremendous" concern with the sentence and noted that Canadian consular officials have not been allowed access to Lim while he's been in custody. "We certainly hope to be able to engage with this individual and stand up for his rights," Trudeau said. Diana Khaddaj, a spokeswoman for Canada's Global Affairs Department, said Canada is "dismayed at the unduly harsh sentence [...] particularly given his age and fragile health." But the Canadian government needs to express more than mere hope and dismay. How will Prime Minister Trudeau and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon respond to a humanitarian imprisoned - and most likely abused and tortured - in the world's most atrocious regime?  What we are asking for is more than possible. Last year, North Korea released Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary who was convicted of anti-state crimes and had been serving a 15-year sentence.He was freed along with another American detainee after a secret visit by James Clapper, a top U.S. intelligence official. The Canadian government and the United Nations need to take strong, affirmative action NOW. If there is political will, Pastor Lim can be rescued. Few of us have the courage and dedication to jeopardize our life and liberty for the sake of those in need. But all of us can help #freepastorlim #bringlimhome. Please sign and share! The petition is available in these languages on separate pages as well:French/français https://goo.gl/3GXp58 Korean/한국어 https://goo.gl/Lg5HrD Chinese/中文 https://goo.gl/hczw65 Japanese/日本语 https://goo.gl/oQckOO This petition was created by Ji-Soo An (U of Alberta Law School) and Hyun-Soo Lim (Yale Law School). We started the petition after reading this disheartening story on the news. For inquiries or comments, please contact us at freepastorlim@gmail.com

Free Pastor Lim
184,904 supporters
Petitioning United Nations

International Investigation for Baghdad-Karradah explosion

On Sunday, the 3rd of July, 2016, a massive car explosion took place in the Karradah District of Iraq's capital, Baghdad. In one of the most devastating suicide bombs that have gripped the country since 2003, a car exploded causing an inferno where most of the victims suffocated or were burned to death. The fire spread rapidly between two shopping centres and the nearby shops, claiming the lives of more than 292 civilians, including women and children. More than 150 bodies were so badly burned that they are unidentifiable, and many families have resorted to DNA sampling to claim the bodies of their loved ones. Investigations done by the Iraqi government have been equivocal, and the relentless cycle of violence continues 13 years after the US lead invasion. This has left the families of the recent attack and the Iraqi public with many questions: What is the source of the extremely flammable material used by ISIS-DAESH? How did the loaded car gain access to the pedestrian only site? Is the Iraqi government aware of other weapons in the possession of DAESH that could be used for future operations and what is the government doing to protect its civilians? Ultimately, WHO is responsible for the latest tragedy? I am starting this petition to ask for an International Commission of Inquiry by the United Nations to gain truthful answers to these questions as well as others the Iraqi people have the right to know.   Of note, dangerous radioactive material, including Iridium 192, was stolen from the Weatherford Co. in Basrah, Iraq last year, which raises security concerns and may be the source of the material used on July 3rd. http://www.torontosun.com/2016/02/17/radioactive-material-stolen-in-iraq-raises-security-concerns

Mortada Al-Khateeb
72,390 supporters
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Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Justin Trudeau, Stéphane Dion

북한에 억류된 임현수 목사님을 구합시다!

이곳은 원본인 영어청원 (https://www.change.org/p/get-canadian-humanitarian-out-of-north-korean-prison-freepastorlim-bringlimhome) 의   한글 버젼입니다. 지난 수요일, 북한 대법원에서 한국계 캐나다인 임현수 목사님에게 무기징역과 강제 노역을 선고했습니다. 임현수 목사님은 97년도부터 꾸준히 북한과 캐나다를 오고가시며 고아원, 유아원, 양로원등을 지원하시고 북한 주민들에게 식품, 농업 기구, 교과서 등을 전달해오신 인도주의적 활동가이십니다. 임현수 목사님은 북한 주민들의 탈북을 돕고 종교를 통해 북한 정권을 무너뜨리려했다는 죄목으로 구금되셨습니다. 이에 기자회견을 열어 이러한 내용들을 시인하기도 하셨으나, 북한에 억류되었다가 구출된 다른 이들의 증언을 통하면 이것은 압박과 강요에서 나온 강제시인이라고 볼 수 있습니다. 임현수 목사님은 지난 2월부터 10개월간 북한에 구금되어 계십니다. 60대 초반이신 목사님은 건강이 좋지 않으셔서 북한 감옥과 노역 생활을 오래 견디실 수 없습니다. 임현수 목사님을 구하기 위해서는 캐나다 정부와 유엔의 노력이 꼭 필요합니다. 캐나다의 새로운 총리인 저스틴 트루도 총리와 외교부 장관 스테판 디옹, 반기문 유엔 사무총장님 등 세 분에게 전달될 서명입니다.  캐나다 정부의 노력만 있다면, 임현수 목사님의 구제는 충분히 가능한 일입니다. 작년에는 미국 정부에서 고위급 인사를 보내어 억류 중에 있던 미국 시민 두명을 구해낸 바 있습니다. 아무도 가려고 하지 않는 곳에 몸소 가 희생과 봉사로 하나님의 사랑을 전한 임현수 목사님이 한시라도 빨리 안전하게 가족의 품으로 돌아오실 수 있도록 도와주세요. 서명을 하신 후에는 이 링크를 주위분들에게 보내주시면 더 많은 분들에게 알리는 데에 큰 도움이 됩니다. 감사합니다! 청원 시작: 안지수 (앨버타주립대 로스쿨), 임현수 (예일대 로스쿨) 저희는 임현수 목사님 가정과 토론토 큰빛교회와는 아무 상관이 없는 두 명의 한국계 캐나다인 학생입니다. 

Free Pastor Lim
184,904 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Justin Trudeau, Stéphane Dion

북한에 억류된 임현수 목사님을 구합시다!

이곳은 원본인 영어청원 (https://www.change.org/p/get-canadian-humanitarian-out-of-north-korean-prison-freepastorlim-bringlimhome) 의   한글 버젼입니다. 지난 수요일, 북한 대법원에서 한국계 캐나다인 임현수 목사님에게 무기징역과 강제 노역을 선고했습니다. 임현수 목사님은 97년도부터 꾸준히 북한과 캐나다를 오고가시며 고아원, 유아원, 양로원등을 지원하시고 북한 주민들에게 식품, 농업 기구, 교과서 등을 전달해오신 인도주의적 활동가이십니다. 임현수 목사님은 북한 주민들의 탈북을 돕고 종교를 통해 북한 정권을 무너뜨리려했다는 죄목으로 구금되셨습니다. 이에 기자회견을 열어 이러한 내용들을 시인하기도 하셨으나, 북한에 억류되었다가 구출된 다른 이들의 증언을 통하면 이것은 압박과 강요에서 나온 강제시인이라고 볼 수 있습니다. 임현수 목사님은 지난 2월부터 10개월간 북한에 구금되어 계십니다. 60대 초반이신 목사님은 건강이 좋지 않으셔서 북한 감옥과 노역 생활을 오래 견디실 수 없습니다. 임현수 목사님을 구하기 위해서는 캐나다 정부와 유엔의 노력이 꼭 필요합니다. 캐나다의 새로운 총리인 저스틴 트루도 총리와 외교부 장관 스테판 디옹, 반기문 유엔 사무총장님 등 세 분에게 전달될 서명입니다.  캐나다 정부의 노력만 있다면, 임현수 목사님의 구제는 충분히 가능한 일입니다. 작년에는 미국 정부에서 고위급 인사를 보내어 억류 중에 있던 미국 시민 두명을 구해낸 바 있습니다. 아무도 가려고 하지 않는 곳에 몸소 가 희생과 봉사로 하나님의 사랑을 전한 임현수 목사님이 한시라도 빨리 안전하게 가족의 품으로 돌아오실 수 있도록 도와주세요. 서명을 하신 후에는 이 링크를 주위분들에게 보내주시면 더 많은 분들에게 알리는 데에 큰 도움이 됩니다. 감사합니다! 청원 시작: 안지수 (앨버타주립대 로스쿨), 임현수 (예일대 로스쿨) 저희는 임현수 목사님 가정과 토론토 큰빛교회와는 아무 상관이 없는 두 명의 한국계 캐나다인 학생입니다. 

Free Pastor Lim
184,904 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Stop the meat dog farmer who is threatening to breed 1,000 dogs by performing vocal cord removal surgery on them!!!

[Urgent] Please help stop the meat dog farmer who is threatening to breed 1,000 dogs by performing vocal cord removal surgery on them!!! This petition is to support the campaign by the South Korean Animal Rights Organizations - Korea Animal Rights Advocates(KARA) and Busan Korea Alliance for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(Busan KAPCA) Click to read:  http://koreandogs.org/gimcheon-dog-farm/ There’s a large scale dog farm in Gimcheon, Gyeongsangbukdo Province, South Korea. Currently, about 600 dogs are being bred for human consumption on this dog farm. A high fence surrounds the property and inside are many rows of large vinyl houses completely covered with black shading net. This area where the dog farm exists is known as a ‘Livestock Breeding Restricted Area.’ Behind the dog farm several private homes are visible. There is a reservoir about 500m away and a park has been created for the local residents. We asked the City of Gimcheon how this very large-scale dog farm continued to exist year after year in an area where livestock breeding is restricted and private homes are nearby. This was the City of Gimcheon’s response:“There was a septic system and at the initial inspection we confirmed the installation and all equipment conformed to the law. There have been no further inspections. It is not possible to take any administrative action because this dog farm was built before the area was designated as a “Livestock Breeding Restricted Area.“ An issue of greater concern is that this dog farm is attempting to expand its current operation by moving to a new location or build a branch farm at another location. An application for a building permit has already been submitted to the City of Gimcheon requesting approval to expand their operation at a nearby site. Meanwhile, a petition, signed by the entire village where the dog farmer is planning his move except for the village head and three elderly hard-of-hearing women, was submitted to the City asking that the building permit be denied and no dog farm be built in their town. Then, we have been informed that the dog farmer has declare that “if the petition citing concerns over noises from the dogs becomes a problem, he will perform vocal cord removal surgery on all 600 – 1,000 dogs on the farm.” Despite the fact that the site for the new dog farm is as close as 600 meters from private residences, the City of Gimcheon states they cannot legally block the application for the dog farm building permit because the proposed farm is not within the 500 meters that would designate the location as a Livestock Breeding Restricted Area. This dog farmer, who has been successfully operating a dog farm in a legally restricted area, is attempting to pull the same shameful dirty trick once again. In Germany, the law prevents removal of a dog’s vocal cords. The Korean Animal Protection Act in part declares that an animal must be allowed to maintain its natural behaviors. Laws are being amended one after another to prohibit animal cruelty such as castration and tail cropping, procedures that at one time were practiced regularly. For dogs, barking is absolutely necessary for communication with other dogs and with humans; it is a very natural behavior. And this mere dog farmer is declaring to villagers and authorities alike that he personally will perpetrate this clear act of animal cruelty – vocal cord removal surgery – on all 600 – 1000 dogs? This meat dog farmer is mocking our nation’s laws and the level of consciousness of Korea’s citizens. What kind of big money is there to be made from the meat dog industry that he would not hesitate to commit such an act? People like this farmer who are involved in our nation’s dog meat industry are disregarding animal protection laws, expertly maneuvering around administrative agencies by taking advantage of legal loopholes, and even ignoring civil complaints by village residents. The public sentiment of the majority of our citizens who tolerate dog meat consumption and the horrific and cruel raised cage breeding has created this ‘National Animal Abuser’ who has declared that he will perform vocal cord removal surgery on more than 600 dogs. Our incompetent Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has not only failed to control the dog meat consumption problem and the proliferation of illegal farms, they have actually been aiding and abetting them. Korea is stuck in the medieval era of darkness when it comes to the protection of animals, and local governments that have not taken any measures regarding these dog meat farms are responsible for bringing about this state of affairs. When the reality is like this, it would be useless even if people gathered around the parks and hosted Companion Animal Festivals hundreds of times if the dog farm that forces vocal cord removal surgery on 600-1000 dogs and keep them captive in raised cages their entire lives just to eat their flesh is granted permit and allowed to expand. We make the following requests of the City of Gimcheon and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs: By violently and brutally repressing a dog’s natural form of communication for his own personal gain, this meat dog farmer is hurting those who love these animals, making a mockery of innocent local residents, and even endangering our national status. We ask please not turn this National Animal Abuser into an Officially Approved Animal Abuser. The era of irresponsibility and inaction towards dog slaughter and dog meat consumption must come to an end and we ask the City and the Ministry to show us your willingness to address this very critical issue. We make the following requests of the City of Gimcheon: 1. Please block the dog meat farm’s relocation permit. 2. As well as performing a facility inspection on the existing dog meat farm, please ensure that the farmer is not allowed to breed dogs or any other livestock animals within the Livestock Breeding Restriction Area. 3. In addition to the existing dog farm, thoroughly inspect all dog farms in Gimcheon for environmental damage and animal cruelty and announce your findings publicly. 4. Thoroughly investigate this dog farmer for animal cruelty. If the vocal cord removal surgeries are carried out, further investigate whether a veterinarian performed the surgery and publicly release your findings. Allow the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) and the Busan Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Busan KAPCA) to observe investigations of all existing dog farms. We make the following requests of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs: 1. Please introduce the amendment to the Animal Protection law or Companion Animal Protection Special Law to include the dog slaughter prohibition and implement it as quickly as possible. 2. Please block the development of new dog farms and expansion of existing dog farms even if it is before laws can be established that prohibit such farms by conducting a survey of dog farms scattered throughout the country and testing dogs for diseases. Please show us that our nation is willing to control the slaughter of dogs. 3. During visits to farms to inspect the slaughter of livestock animals, obtain data regarding nearby dog farms and close them down first. Korea Animal Rights Advocates/Busan Korea Alliance for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

KOREANDOGS.ORG
23,237 supporters
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Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

South Korea: Punish the Man who Boiled Alive 600 Stray Cats with Prison Sentence! Ban the Capture and Sale of Stray Cats in South Korea!

South Korea: Punish the Man who Boiled Alive 600 Stray Cats with Prison Sentence! Ban the Capture and Sale of Stray Cats in South Korea!! 길고양이 600마리를 산채로 끓는 물에 넣어  잔인하게 도살한 업자에게 징역형을 구형하라!  한국 길고양이의 포획과 판매를 금지하라! Info about this case: http://koreandogs.org/600-stray-cats-boiled-alive/ Police caught a man in his 50’s who boiled alive stray cats and sold them to “Health Food Centers”. On May 21, Busan Bukbu (Northern) Police booked without detention, poacher Mr. A (54 years old) on charges of capturing and slaughtering 600 stray cats (a violation of Animal Protection Act). Mr. A is suspected of capturing stray cats by setting traps with baits such as chicken in and around residential areas of Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do Province and slaughtering them in a secret location in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do from February of last year until recently. Police stated that Mr. A scalded live cats in boiling water for about 2 minutes to kill them, removed their fur, took out their organs, stored them in the freezer and then sold them to “Health Food Center” at 15,000 Won ($14 USD) each. The police stated that when they raided Mr. A’s secret slaughterhouse, there were 18 cats about to be slaughtered. Mr. A testified that he “captured and sold around 600 stray cats”. Police explained that for over one year, Mr. A was able to profit from capturing because there is a high demand for cat soup because of the false belief that cat soup is good for arthritis, which has no cure. However, police requested that unlike livestock animals such as cows and pigs, there is no management of cats for sanitation and the parasite inside a cat’s body can be transmitted to humans and therefore, cats should not be consumed.Police stated that they will not punish the “Health Food Centers” who had bought the cats from Mr. A because there are no laws to punish them. The current enforcement ordinance for the Animal Protection Act excludes cats from the provision prohibiting capture and sale, because they are subject to TNR(Trap/Neuter/Return) in order to reduce their numbers. A police officer in charge of the investigation stated that they cannot punish Mr. A for selling stray cats so they are only charging him for violation of the provisions in the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, which prohibits the act of killing by cruel methods and the act of killing an animal with other animals of the same species present at the scene. He also stated that they will request the relevant governmental authority to review whether the exclusion of cats in the Animal Protection Act is appropriate with the current reality. Click for petition in Korean: http://m.bbs3.agora.media.daum.net/gaia/do/mobile/petition/read?articleStatus=S&cPageIndex=1&bbsId=P001&cSortKey=depth&articleId=167786

KOREANDOGS.ORG
38,064 supporters
Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Tell Sister City, Gimpo, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Updated 7/21/16: Mayor Paula Devine of Glendale, California: Tell Sister City, Gimpo, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Mayor Zareh Sinanyan of Glendale, California: Tell Sister City, Gimpo, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Gimpo became a sister city with Glendale, California in 2010. But this Sister City has a shameful, reprehensible history: Gimpo, South Korea is responsible for a horrendous dog and cat meat trade. In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, and POSCO, an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry. One of the cities that supports illegal mass breeding and brutal slaughter of dogs for human consumption is Gimpo. If you have ever wondered what a Hell would be like, click HERE to see undercover video from Gimpo dog farms and slaughterhouses. There are countless dog farms/slaughterhouses scattered all around the city of Gimpo and they are “Hell on Earth” for defenseless dogs. Man’s best friend exists in squalid, feces-crusted raised cages in utter misery their entire lives. They are slaughtered in most horrific ways – by electrocution, hanging, beating, and are sometimes thrown into boiling water while they are still alive. Dead dogs are tossed away like garbage in front of the cages where other dogs watch in terror and despair. There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea:  http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Please inform Gimpo Mayor Young-Rok Yoo that citizens of Glendale, California and their friends insist that they issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced: Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, Article 2, Item 1 which governs the raising, slaughter and disposal of livestock and the processing, distribution and inspection of livestock products, does not categorize dogs as livestock that can be processed as food.  Therefore this makes the dog meat industry technically illegal. Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1, Korean Food Standards Codex specified by the Food and Drug Administration, does not include dogs in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food, therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal. Animal Protection Act: ARTICLE 3. BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS Each person shall endeavor to observe the following principles in raising, caring for, or protecting an animal: 1. Each person shall ensure that an animal maintains its natural behavior and original physical shape to live an ordinary life; 2. Each person shall ensure that an animal does not suffer from thirst, hunger, or malnutrition; Each person shall ensure that an animal is free to express normal behavior without experiencing discomfort; 4. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from pain, injury, and disease; 5. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from fear and distress. ARTICLE 8. PROHIBITION OF ANIMAL ABUSE ① No one shall commit the following acts toward animals: 1. Act of killing by brutal methods, such as hanging 2. Act of Killing in public or in another animal’s presence ③ No one shall commit the following acts toward abandoned or abused animals: 1. Act of capture and sell or kill. 2. Act of trade or purchase knowing that the animals are abandoned or abused. ARTICLE 9. ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION ① Anyone transporting an animal that has been selected by decree from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries must make an effort to abide by the following: 1. Ensure that the animals are properly fed, watered and drive carefully so that animals are not shocked or harmed from sudden departures or stops. 2. The vehicle used for transportation must be built to prevent any harm during transportation and to minimize any pain due to poor ventilation or sudden changes in temperature, etc. 4. Avoid any possible injuries while moving an animal and minimize any pain or discomfort, such as sudden changes in body temperature or difficulty in breathing. ARTICLE 46. PUNISHMENT ① Anyone who violates Article 8, Clause 1 through 3 shall be punished with up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Ministry of Environment's Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Act,  Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, the act of discharging excrement, livestock waste water, animal carcass, waste materials or sludge into public water is punishable by up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses are only authorized to slaughter animals they are registered to handle. No slaughterhouse is registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law. We believe these demands are in line with the goal of sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. International and Korean media coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Gimpo, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your city’s sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested. Thank you for taking swift action!  PS: Click here to find more ways to contact the Mayor of Glendale.  http://koreandogs.org/contact-mayor-of-gimpo-sister-city/  It's very quick and simple.  http://koreandogs.org/

KOREANDOGS.ORG
18,695 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Stop the meat dog farmer who is threatening to breed 1,000 dogs by performing vocal cord removal surgery on them!!!

[Urgent] Please help stop the meat dog farmer who is threatening to breed 1,000 dogs by performing vocal cord removal surgery on them!!! This petition is to support the campaign by the South Korean Animal Rights Organizations - Korea Animal Rights Advocates(KARA) and Busan Korea Alliance for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(Busan KAPCA) Click to read:  http://koreandogs.org/gimcheon-dog-farm/ There’s a large scale dog farm in Gimcheon, Gyeongsangbukdo Province, South Korea. Currently, about 600 dogs are being bred for human consumption on this dog farm. A high fence surrounds the property and inside are many rows of large vinyl houses completely covered with black shading net. This area where the dog farm exists is known as a ‘Livestock Breeding Restricted Area.’ Behind the dog farm several private homes are visible. There is a reservoir about 500m away and a park has been created for the local residents. We asked the City of Gimcheon how this very large-scale dog farm continued to exist year after year in an area where livestock breeding is restricted and private homes are nearby. This was the City of Gimcheon’s response:“There was a septic system and at the initial inspection we confirmed the installation and all equipment conformed to the law. There have been no further inspections. It is not possible to take any administrative action because this dog farm was built before the area was designated as a “Livestock Breeding Restricted Area.“ An issue of greater concern is that this dog farm is attempting to expand its current operation by moving to a new location or build a branch farm at another location. An application for a building permit has already been submitted to the City of Gimcheon requesting approval to expand their operation at a nearby site. Meanwhile, a petition, signed by the entire village where the dog farmer is planning his move except for the village head and three elderly hard-of-hearing women, was submitted to the City asking that the building permit be denied and no dog farm be built in their town. Then, we have been informed that the dog farmer has declare that “if the petition citing concerns over noises from the dogs becomes a problem, he will perform vocal cord removal surgery on all 600 – 1,000 dogs on the farm.” Despite the fact that the site for the new dog farm is as close as 600 meters from private residences, the City of Gimcheon states they cannot legally block the application for the dog farm building permit because the proposed farm is not within the 500 meters that would designate the location as a Livestock Breeding Restricted Area. This dog farmer, who has been successfully operating a dog farm in a legally restricted area, is attempting to pull the same shameful dirty trick once again. In Germany, the law prevents removal of a dog’s vocal cords. The Korean Animal Protection Act in part declares that an animal must be allowed to maintain its natural behaviors. Laws are being amended one after another to prohibit animal cruelty such as castration and tail cropping, procedures that at one time were practiced regularly. For dogs, barking is absolutely necessary for communication with other dogs and with humans; it is a very natural behavior. And this mere dog farmer is declaring to villagers and authorities alike that he personally will perpetrate this clear act of animal cruelty – vocal cord removal surgery – on all 600 – 1000 dogs? This meat dog farmer is mocking our nation’s laws and the level of consciousness of Korea’s citizens. What kind of big money is there to be made from the meat dog industry that he would not hesitate to commit such an act? People like this farmer who are involved in our nation’s dog meat industry are disregarding animal protection laws, expertly maneuvering around administrative agencies by taking advantage of legal loopholes, and even ignoring civil complaints by village residents. The public sentiment of the majority of our citizens who tolerate dog meat consumption and the horrific and cruel raised cage breeding has created this ‘National Animal Abuser’ who has declared that he will perform vocal cord removal surgery on more than 600 dogs. Our incompetent Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has not only failed to control the dog meat consumption problem and the proliferation of illegal farms, they have actually been aiding and abetting them. Korea is stuck in the medieval era of darkness when it comes to the protection of animals, and local governments that have not taken any measures regarding these dog meat farms are responsible for bringing about this state of affairs. When the reality is like this, it would be useless even if people gathered around the parks and hosted Companion Animal Festivals hundreds of times if the dog farm that forces vocal cord removal surgery on 600-1000 dogs and keep them captive in raised cages their entire lives just to eat their flesh is granted permit and allowed to expand. We make the following requests of the City of Gimcheon and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs: By violently and brutally repressing a dog’s natural form of communication for his own personal gain, this meat dog farmer is hurting those who love these animals, making a mockery of innocent local residents, and even endangering our national status. We ask please not turn this National Animal Abuser into an Officially Approved Animal Abuser. The era of irresponsibility and inaction towards dog slaughter and dog meat consumption must come to an end and we ask the City and the Ministry to show us your willingness to address this very critical issue. We make the following requests of the City of Gimcheon: 1. Please block the dog meat farm’s relocation permit. 2. As well as performing a facility inspection on the existing dog meat farm, please ensure that the farmer is not allowed to breed dogs or any other livestock animals within the Livestock Breeding Restriction Area. 3. In addition to the existing dog farm, thoroughly inspect all dog farms in Gimcheon for environmental damage and animal cruelty and announce your findings publicly. 4. Thoroughly investigate this dog farmer for animal cruelty. If the vocal cord removal surgeries are carried out, further investigate whether a veterinarian performed the surgery and publicly release your findings. Allow the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) and the Busan Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Busan KAPCA) to observe investigations of all existing dog farms. We make the following requests of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs: 1. Please introduce the amendment to the Animal Protection law or Companion Animal Protection Special Law to include the dog slaughter prohibition and implement it as quickly as possible. 2. Please block the development of new dog farms and expansion of existing dog farms even if it is before laws can be established that prohibit such farms by conducting a survey of dog farms scattered throughout the country and testing dogs for diseases. Please show us that our nation is willing to control the slaughter of dogs. 3. During visits to farms to inspect the slaughter of livestock animals, obtain data regarding nearby dog farms and close them down first. Korea Animal Rights Advocates/Busan Korea Alliance for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

KOREANDOGS.ORG
23,237 supporters
Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

# Protect Zimbabweans pursuing their liberation #thisflag

Zimbabweans are in a deep crisis that is currently downplayed. They have a collapsed economy with no currency. Once the breadbasket of Southern Africa its now a net importer of goods.  Corruption is rife and the regional govenance systems have failed to protect the democratic rights of Zimbabweans (SADC and AU). Zimbabweans have been afraid to speak out but there are voices straining to be heard. This is a Global Campaign to save Zimbabweans as they push for change by refusing to be bullied. Abduction and murder are real for those who dare challenge the system. We need the support of other people to raise our voices and assurance that noone will be harmed because they are peacefully pursuing justice,  accountability, fighting for their survival and future generations. The rights of more than 16 million people have been violated for over three decades.  The appropriation of the struggle to a few people must stop! This man made crisis must end. It begins with allowing people to freely express themselves. Unemployment rates will be drastically reduced if a functional government is established. The future of our youths will be brighter as they will secure employment and crime and drug abuse will be reduced. Foreign Direct investment will be resumed once the rule of law is restored and property rights upheld. This means many jobs will be created. The dignity of Zimbabweans will be restored as they will regain their pride as a hardworking, honest and warm people. The region will be more stable as the burden on neighbouring countries is reduced. Xenophobia which has resulted in many Zimbabweans being burnt in South Africa for taking their jobs will be reduced as Zimbabweans will have hope of survival back home. The brain drain that has dogged Zimbabwe over the years will be reduced if the country is restored to order. Diasporans will find their way back home to build the economy and be where they long to be but are denied because of the harsh economic and political climate. The bullying will stop once leaders realise that the world is on the side of the oppressed. "One finger cant crush lice" Chara chimwe hachitswanyi inda. We need others to come in a big way to protect the rights of Zimbabweans.

FRANCISCA MANDEYA
16,635 supporters
Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Kia: Help us to end the abhorrent cruelty and suffering of cats and dogs in your country!

To the Kia Group,  Your management philosophy talks about ‘practicing humanity’; humanity - or human qualities.  Surely the greatest human quality must be compassion, not just for people we know, or who work for us, but for all living creatures within our care or society.  Your company originates from South Korea, and therefore your company represents a country which chooses to ignore compassion and which, in fact, promotes human behaviour which has no ‘quality’, no ‘degree of excellence’; human behaviour which is unacceptable, immoral, and shocking: we refer to the endemic and brutal practices that are unashamedly being carried out in your home country, within all parts of the dog and cat meat trade. South Korea is the only country in the world which commercially farms cats and dogs to supply the nation’s demand; and the brutalization of these helpless animals is appalling, and the suffering which they experience is immense. Within the thousands of farms, ranging in size from small, backyard enterprises to huge concerns, every year many millions of animals are bred and reared, and kept in completely inhumane and pitiful conditions: with dogs being raised in small, filthy, barren cages, with no reprieve from hunger or fear.  They endure all of this before they are finally condemned to hideous deaths, by horrendous and deliberately prolonged methods of slaughter - all of which are illegal, and completely unacceptable by any measure of humanity. We know that dedicated, caring people in South Korea have been asking their Government to ban this atrocity for many years, but the Government has yet to take a leadership role in this matter; and it is hard to believe, in the twenty-first century, that a civilized nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic world powers, and also boasts one of the highest educational levels in the world, is still committing this type of unnecessary and despicable cruelty. The dog meat trade is a two billion dollar industry, but South Korea could stand to lose considerably more in terms of export revenue, goodwill and its positive image within the international community if this appalling industry is not stopped; and if South Korea wants to join civilized nations around the world, and be respected as a nation of conscience, then it needs to strengthen and, importantly, enforce its animal protection laws.  Kia is the oldest motor manufacturer in Korea, it produces millions of vehicles around the world and is a billion dollar industry - it has the power to change this tragic and cruel situation; and we are surprised that a business with so much power, influence and money, is not already doing something about this abhorrence.  It is shameful. As with other Korean companies, Kia relies heavily on the export market, but many people across the globe, because of their great love for dogs, will either continue, or decline, to support your corporation depending on how you now decide to act with regards to the animal rights and welfare issues in your country.  Do you want your product image to suffer? Furthermore, your Company is a sponsor of the NBA; but what good is spending millions of dollars on promoting your company’s name through such branding, when the dog meat trade in your country is doing much to damage your corporate image.  Surely Kia’s corporate dollars should, in the first instance, be spent on helping end the appalling dog meat industry? That would make better economic sense. As a representative company of your country, you have a moral duty to be proactive in this matter.  We implore you to “tackle this challenge head on” and so live up to your claim that you “strive to become a respected global corporate citizen”. With the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the eyes of the world will be on Korea; now is the time to take action: South Korea has to permanently ban the consumption of dog and cat meat.  Kia, make the decision, today, to do what is right “for a better future”; a more compassionate future for your country, and one that South Koreans will be proud to be part of: you must urge the South Korean Government to put an end to the dog and cat meat trade once and for all.

KOREANDOGS.ORG
15,307 supporters