KOREANDOGS.ORG

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We are a group of volunteer campaigners who are opposed to dog and cat consumption in South Korea. Our aim is to end this cruel practice by campaigning vigorously and raising awareness around the world. We are not a registered charity or a formal organization, neither are we affiliated with one. We are heartbroken by how Man’s best friends are being treated in South Korea and ending the horrible practice of dog and cat meat consumption is such an uphill struggle we believe this cannot be accomplished by the activists in South Korea alone. That’s why we campaign in any and every way we can to bring the world’s attention to this important and very urgent issue. We would like people all over the world to get involved and to take meaningful action to help bring this cruel practice to an end. We would like to thank each and every one of the activists in South Korea for their courage, compassion, perseverance, and dedication to ending the dog meat trade. You fearlessly speak out against this terrible cruelty at the risk of your own safety, and we have an enormous amount of respect for all you do. Thank you! We stand in solidarity with you! http://koreandogs.org/

Started 10 petitions

Petitioning Mayor Marc Francina of Evian, France

Tell Friendship City, Muju-gun, Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-muju-gun-south-korea-evian-france/ Mayor Marc Francina of Evian, France: Tell Friendship City, Muju-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Monsieur Marc Francina, maire d’Evian : Dites à Muju-Gun, Corée du sud, que nous sommes opposés à la torture et à la consommation  de chiens et de chats ! (Scroll down for the French translation) Evian has become Friendship City with Muju-gun, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Evian would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Muju-gun citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Friendship City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Muju-gun and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Muju-gun there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Friendship City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Muju-gun Mayor Jeong-Su Hwang to take action, and to state that Evian and its citizens demand that Muju-gun issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Friendship cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Muju-gun, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Friendship city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. [French] Monsieur Marc Francina, maire d’Evian : Dites à Muju-Gun, Corée du sud, que nous sommes opposés à la torture et à la consommation  de chiens et de chats !  La ville d’Evian entretient des liens d’amitié avec Muju-Gun, Corée du Sud, depuis 2010. Cette relation s’est sans nul doute forgée dans un esprit de fraternité, ou pour favoriser les échanges commerciaux. Vous espériez naturellement apprendre davantage au sujet de la culture sud coréenne. Pourtant, nous sommes certains que vous n’auriez jamais lié une telle relation si vous aviez eu connaissance du commerce barbare de viande de chats et de chiens pratiqué à Muju-gun, et dans toute la Corée du Sud ! Ce commerce illégal est lucratif, et perdure… la loi n’étant pas appliquée, et les contrevenants n’étant jamais inquiétés…  La Corée du Sud est le pays de grandes compagnies internationales, tells que Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK ou POSCO.  Il est d’autant plus aberrant d‘apprendre que chaque année 2,5 millions de chiens sont torturés et massacrés en Corée du Sud. Ceux qui ne consomment pas la viande de chat ni de chien sont malheureusement totalement indifférents, et ne font rien pour changer les choses. Vous connaissez la loyauté des animaux de compagnie… Ils comptent beaucoup pour nous, et les chiens accomplissent des taches précieuses: ils travaillent à la ferme, assistent la police, recherchent les disparus, guident les aveugles: Ce sont nos gardiens, nos compagnons… A Muju-gun il y a un nombre incalculable d’élevages de chiens, d’abattoirs, de marchés et de restaurants où les animaux sont torturés durant toute leur misérable existence. Ils finissent massacrés de la façon la plus inhumaine, par électrocution, pendus ou battus, puis jetés encore vivants dans l’eau bouillante. Ils sont tués sous les yeux de leurs compagnons terrorisés, entassés dans des cages immondes. Cela se déroule sur la place publique, au vu de tous ! Les animaux abandonnés, ou volés à leurs maîtres subissent exactement le même sort… Regardez cette video réalisée en camera cachée par de courageux activistes en Corée du Sud: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Il existe pourtant des lois bannissant la vente de chats et de chiens pour l’alimentation humaine, mais elles sont outrageusement ignorées jour après jour. Prenez position contre ces agissement criminels ! Une Région ne peut demeurer insensible  aux “traditions” barbares pratiquées dans sa Région jumelle: S’il vous plait, écrivez, demandez au représentant de Muju-gun de faire appliquer la loi par les forces de l’ordre, et le système judiciaire ! Le commerce illégal de déchets alimentaires à destination des élevages de chiens est une violation de la LOI SUR LE CONTROLE DES DECHETS Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Les fournisseurs de déchets alimentaires et les transporteurs de déchets alimentaires aux élevages de “chiens à viande” violent cette réglementation. L’alimentation à base de déchets ménagers dans les élevages de chiens destines à l’alimentation humaine est une violation de la LOI SUR LE CONTROLE DE LA NOURRITURE DU BETAIL ET DES POISSONS Article 14, Section 1 et 2. La collecte de déchets alimentaires pour l’alimentation les chiens destinés à la consommation humaine viole cette réglementation. La production d’excréments et la pollution de l’environnement du fait des élevages de chiens destinés à la consommation humaine violent la LOI SUR LE TRAITEMENT ET L’UTILISATION DES EXCREMENTS DE BETAIL Article 11. Les excréments produits par les élevages de chiens causent des dégâts environnementaux. Abattre des chiens pour la consommation humaine viole la LOI SUR LA PROTECTION ANIMALE Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. Abattre un chien sans motif justifiable – comme en l’absence de traitement vétérinaire, ou danger immédiat pour la vie ou la propriété humaines – est une violation de la LOI SUR LA PROTECTION ANIMALE Article 46. L’abattage de chiens par électrocution viole la LOI SUR LA PROTECTION ANIMALE Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Battre à mort un animal, le tuer par exposition à une chaleur extrême ou par le feu, électrocution ou noyade, exposent à des sanctions. L’abattage de chiens par les bouchers ou fermiers qui utilisent ces méthodes est une violation de la loi. En outre, l’électrocution comme méthode d’abattage est internationalement reconnue comme étant fondamentalement cruelle et est totalement interdite par la LOI SUR LA PROTECTION ANIMALE Article 46. L’abattage de chiens dans les boucheries non autorisées viole la LOI SUR LE CONTROLE SANITAIRE DES PRODUITS DE L’ELEVAGE Article 7, Section 1. La loi sur le Contrôle Sanitaire des produits de l’élevage stipule que les chiens sont officiellement reconnus et classifiés comme “animaux de compagnie”, qu’il est “interdit de les  abattre et de distribuer leur viande pour l’alimentation humaine”. Par conséquent, les vendeurs qui utilisent des boucheries canines violent la loi.L’abattage de chiens pour sa consommation personnelle viole la LOI SUR LA PROTECTION ANIMALE Article 10 Le but de cette loi est de s’assurer qu’aucun animal ne soit abattu de facon cruelle ou barbare, et qu’il ne souffre pas pendant l’abattage,  de douleur, peur ou stress inutiles. Par conséquent, la seule facon de tuer un chien serait par euthanasie (injection mortelle). Toutes les méthodes d’abattage pratiquées par les bouchers, les paysans ou les commerçants excluent l’euthanasie comme méthode d’abattage. Elles violent donc toutes cette loi. [1]Ce délit est également proscrit par la loi du controle sanitaire du bétail, article 7, section 1 clause 2. L’abattage d’animaux pour sa consommation personnelle est autorisée pour le bétail, officiellement reconnu comme tel. Les chiens n’appartiennent pas à cette catégorie. [2] L’exposition et la vente de carcasses de chiens dans les marches traditionnels viole la LOI SUR L’HYGIENE ALIMENTAIRE Article 4, 5. Les lois interdisent la vente d’aliments contaminés lors d’abattage illégal et sans contrôle sanitaire. Les carcasses de chien exposées sont fréquemment contaminées par des micro-organismes qui causent des maladies et des intoxications alimentaires, qui peuvent conduire à des complications de santé sérieuses, voire mortelles. Il existe aussi des lois strictes interdisant la vente de viande provenant d’animaux malades. Comme il n’y a pas de contrôle de la qualité, ni surveillance officielle des pratiques d’abattage dans le commerce de la viande de chien, il est très probable que ces violations soient routinières. Les restaurants qui vendent de la soupe de chien réalisée avec des carcasses de provenance inconnue violent la LOI SUR L’HYGIENE ALIMENTAIRE Article 44 , Section 1, Clause 1 (effective le 8/4/2016). La viande non inspectée ne doit pas être transportée, stockée, exposée, vendue ou utilisée pour produire de la nourriture destinée à l’alimentation humaine. Vous trouverez ici toutes les informations légales au sujet du trafic de viande  de chien en Corée du Sud, publiées par KARA – Avocats des droits des animaux en Corée: http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ Nous pensons sincèrement que le jumelage entre deux villes impose la franchise, et que ces échanges participent à l’esprit de coopération existant également en matière de culture, de tourisme et de commerce. Votre implication est primordiale. Elle participera à la protection des animaux d’une mort certaine et leur épargnera les souffrances atroces infligées par les trafiquants de viande de chats et de chiens sud-coréens. Nombreux sont les maires du monde entier qui ont d’ores et déjà soutenu nos campagnes en s'adressant à leurs homologues en Corée du Sud.  Bucheon, est un bel exemple d’une action efficace qui a fait ses preuves en devenant la première ville qui a bannit la  consommation de viande de chien en Corée du Sud  en condamnant les fermes et les abattoirs illégaux et en imposant aux restaurants l’interdiction de la vente de plats à base de viande de chiens! C’est une source d’inspiration pour tous les individus comme vous qui souhaitent soutenir cette cause. L’immense médiatisation internationale qui révèle la brutalité du massacre quotidien de chats et de chiens en Corée du Sud ternit gravement l’image de ce pays, et de Muju-gun. Ne fermez pas les yeux sur cette barbarie! Il est temps de mettre fin à cette tragédie. Dans l’attente de votre aimable réponse,

KOREANDOGS.ORG
1,938 supporters
Petitioning South Korea's President Moon Jae-In

Let’s stop supporting South Korea’s economy until they STOP THE FILTHY DOG/CAT MEAT TRADES

Click here for campaign page: http://koreandogs.org/noshopit2stopit/Translations available in Nederlands (Dutch), Deutsch (German), Ελληνικά (Greek), Magyar (Hungarian), Italiano (Italian), 日本語 (Japanese), Español (Spanish), Svenska (Swedish), Türkçe (Turkish).  South Korea’s filthy dog meat trade #noshopit2stopit  BOYCOTT SOUTH KOREA  Let’s stop supporting South Korea’s economy until they stop the filthy dog and cat meat trades. Will you join us in a pledge?  Will you pledge to stop supporting South Korea’s already booming economy, until their Government takes effective action to stop the brutal dog and cat meat trades?   South Korea is a leading producer, and exporter of many things bought all over the world, such as: smart phones, laptops, home appliances, speakers, TVs, cars, tires, trucks, oil, gas … the list goes on; from companies such as SAMSUNG, KIA, LG, HYUNDAI, HANKOOK.  South Korea is very happy to benefit from the privileges and profits of an advanced society … but South Korea is not willing to take all of the responsibilities: their Government refuses to take action, and turns a blind eye to the brutality, illegality and shocking practices carried out in the dog and cat meat trades.  Dogs are subjected to inhumane treatment: they are fed rotten maggot-infested slops; imprisoned in small, raised, wire cages; forced to stand or lie on flooring made only of wire; they are given no protection from extreme weather, no exercise or medical care; they are continually made to have litter after litter, and then they are killed using unnecessarily cruel methods, in front of other live dogs. Dog’s penis: eaten to improve men’s virility; cat soup (boiled alive): drunk to cure rheumatism, so believed because cats are nimble creatures … do you still think their ‘smart’ products look quite so smart? Please, join us in a pledge - will you: Boycott South Korea: STOP buying all South Korean products, STOP paying for any South Korean services, STOP visiting South Korea, STOP supporting the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, that South Korea has been given the privilege of hosting. Face facts and find out more, at: www.koreandogs.org  #noshopit2stopit

KOREANDOGS.ORG
4,339 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Ada Colau of Barcelona, Spain

Tell Sister City, Busan,Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Consumption of Dogs/Cats.

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-busan-south-korea-barcelona-spain/ Mayor Ada Colau of Barcelona, Spain: Tell Sister City, Busan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Señora Alcaldesa de Barcelona, Doña Ada Colau: Comuníquele por favor a la Ciudad Hermana de Busan, Corea del Sur, que nos oponemos a la tortura y el consumo de perros y gatos. (Scroll down for the Spanish translation) Barcelona has become Sister City with Busan, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Barcelona would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Busan citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Sister City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Busan and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Busan there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Sister City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Busan Mayor Byung-Soo Suh to take action, and to state that Barcelona and its citizens demand that Busan issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Busan, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. [Spanish]  Señora Alcaldesa de Barcelona, Doña Ada Colau: Comuníquele por favor a la Ciudad Hermana de Busan, Corea del Sur, que nos oponemos a la tortura y el consumo de perros y gatos. La ciudad de Barcelona se ha convertido en Ciudad Hermana de Busan, Corea del Sur. Esta relación indudablemente surge de un espíritu amistoso que las beneficia mutuamente a través de vínculos culturales, comerciales, etc. Pero, mientras que Barcelona quizá hubiera esperado conocer diferentes modalidades y prácticas culturales de los ciudadanos de la ciudad Hermana, estamos seguros de que habría dudado en establecer tal relación si hubiera sabido de las prácticas crueles, aberrantes, que imperan dentro del comercio de carne de perro y gato en Busan y en toda Corea del Sur. Se trata de negocios tan lucrativos como ilegales que operan sin ser objetados y al margen de la ley sin que les apliquen penas a quienes la violan.  Siendo Corea del Sur asiento de compañías globales como Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK y POSCO, resulta sumamente impactante que casi 2,5 millones de perros sean torturados y sacrificados cada año en Corea del Sur sólo por la codicia de los comerciantes de carne de perro y por el paladar de algunos comensales, mientras la mayoría de los coreanos que no participa de este ofensivo comercio muestra profunda indiferencia, sin hacer nada para acabar con él. Sabemos cuán leales y fieles son los perros en todo el mundo, y cuánto les exigimos a tantos  de ellos que prestan servicio en innumerables  formas, sea en trabajo de granjas, en guerras, o como canes de policía, como guardianes, o en operativos de búsqueda y rescate, tanto como al servicio de discapacitados, sirviendo de guía, protegiendo, y muy especialmente como amorosos compañeros en quienes nosotros confiamos. Los perros fueron domesticados hace miles de años, y tanto quieren formar parte de la familia "humana" que han aprendido a interpretar nuestros gestos e idiomas, es decir, el lenguaje de una especie distinta de la propia, mostrando así su notable disposición e inteligencia. En Busan existen numerosas granjas de perros, mataderos, mercados y restaurantes donde los canes, tras ser torturados durante su vida, terminan siendo sacrificados de la manera más inhumana, por electrocución, colgados o golpeados y luego arrojados al agua hirviendo incluso estando a veces con vida todavía.  En muchos de esos predios, los perros son muertos y desmembrados a la vista de otros canes cautivos aterrorizados en sus jaulas. Esto ocurre en público, a plena luz del día. Así también, las mascotas perdidas o robadas a menudo terminan en manos de esta industria que las somete a la misma crueldad. Por favor, vea este video captado por activistas que defienden los derechos de los animales en Corea del Sur: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Hay leyes en Corea del Sur contrarias a la venta de perros y gatos para consumo humano, pero son rutinaria y descaradamente ignoradas. Pensamos que la responsabilidad social cuenta para los representantes de una ciudad, moviéndolos a tomar cierta posición frente a los actos ilícitos de su ciudad Hermana o hermana, ya sea para sancionarlos o ignorarlos. Por esta razón, le solicitamos que inste a involucrarse al Alcalde de Busan Byung-Soo Suh, reconociendo que sus ciudadanos le solicitan emitir un documento oficial que ordene a funcionarios, policías y jueces a cumplir con la siguiente reglamentación coreana ya existente: No está autorizado el procesar desechos de comida para alimentar a los animales de consumo humano; es una violación a la Ley de Control de Desechos, Artículo 15-2, Artículo 25, Sección 3. Quienes proveen y transportan los residuos de alimentos a los criaderos de perros violan esta reglamentación. Los desechos alimentarios usados como alimento para perros destinados a carne, viola la Ley de Control de Ganado y Peces, Artículo 14, Sección 1 y 2. La recolección no autorizada de desperdicios de alimentos y su consumo por perros destinados a carne, viola el presente Reglamento. Los excrementos y los daños ambientales resultantes, subproductos de la actividad de granjas ilegales de perros, violan la Ley de Gestión y Uso de Excrementos de Ganado, Artículo 11. Tales residuos causan daños ambientales a las zonas circundantes. La faena misma de perros para consumo humano contraviene la Ley de Protección Animal, Artículo 8, Sección 1, Cláusula 4. El acto de sacrificar un perro sin un fundamento justificable –  eutanasia veterinaria, o circunstancias de amenaza inmediata, o daño a la vida o a la propiedad de personas – constituye una violación a la ley antedicha. La matanza de perros por electrocución viola la Ley de Protección Animal, Artículo 8, Sección 1, Cláusula 1. Infligir lesiones o muerte a cualquier animal por los siguientes métodos: abatimiento con herramientas, por exposición a drogas, exposición a calor extremo o fuego, electrocución y ahogamiento, son objeto de penalización. Por lo tanto, la matanza habitual de perros llevada a cabo por carniceros y granjeros según los métodos descriptos viola la ley. Además, la electrocución como forma de sacrificio está internacionalmente reconocida como método cruel y prohibido a nivel mundial.  El sacrificio de perros en mataderos no autorizados viola la ley de Control Sanitario de Productos de Ganadería, Artículo 7, Sección 1. La Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Ganaderos establece que los perros están oficialmente reconocidos y clasificados como "animales prohibidos de ser sacrificados y distribuidos para consumo humano". Por lo tanto, los vendedores que operan mataderos de perros lo hacen completamente al margen de  parámetros legales y en abierta violación de ellos.  La matanza de perros para consumo viola el artículo 10 de la Ley de Protección  Animal. La intención de esta ley es asegurar que ningún animal sea sacrificado de manera cruel o repugnante, y que sea liberado de dolor innecesario o estrés durante el proceso de faena. Por lo tanto,  la única forma humana de matar a los perros sería mediante eutanasia (inyección letal). Todos los métodos de sacrificio actualmente practicados por carniceros, granjeros y comerciantes excluyen la eutanasia, de modo que todos infringen esta ley, como también la Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Pecuarios, Artículo 7, Sección 1, Cláusula 2. De acuerdo con esta Ley, el sacrificio de animales para consumo sólo está permitido para aquellos clasificados como “ganado” en la Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Pecuarios, y los perros no figuran allí.  La exhibición y venta de carcasa de perros en mercados tradicionales al aire libre viola la Ley de Higiene Alimentaria, Artículo 4, 5. También viola las leyes que prohíben la venta de alimentos nocivos por contaminación, tal como la generada por la matanza operada en condiciones insalubres e ilegales, prohibiendo así mismo la exhibición de la canal del perro. Por ejemplo, los esqueletos de los perros se hallan habitualmente contaminados por microorganismos causantes de enfermedades e intoxicaciones a humanos, capaces de conducir a complicaciones en la salud humana potencialmente mortales. También existen leyes que prohíben la venta de carne de animales enfermos, pero, dado que no hay control sanitario ni de calidad, como tampoco supervisión formal de la faena dentro del comercio de carne de perro, es altamente probable que también se violen estas reglamentaciones cotidianamente.  La sopa de huesos de perro de procedencia desconocida que se vende en los restaurantes implica una violación a la ley de Higiene Alimentaria, Artículo 44, Sección 1, Cláusula 1, que ordena que no pueda transportarse, almacenar, exhibir, vender o emplear para la manufactura de alimentos de consumo humano ningún producto de ganadería que no haya sido inspeccionado.  Por favor, consulte la información legal sobre consumo de carne de perro en Corea del Sur publicado por KARA (Defensores de los Derechos de los Animales de Corea): http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ Pensamos que cuanto aquí pedimos hace al espíritu y a los objetivos de la hermandad entre ciudades, que procura establecer comunicaciones fructíferas entre ellas en las áreas de turismo, comercio, intercambio cultural y salud pública.  Tu acción es importante; puede ayudar a salvar vidas y lo hará, reduciendo el sufrimiento de los animales trágicamente atrapados en el comercio de carne de perro y gato de Corea del Sur. Numerosos alcaldes de varias ciudades del mundo han apoyado nuestras campañas y contactado con sus colegas dentro de Corea del Sur. Tomemos por ejemplo a Bucheon, donde ese proceder realmente marcó la diferencia: ahora allí están trabajando duro para convertirse en la primera ciudad de Corea del Sur libre de carne de perro, cerrando granjas y mataderos ilegales de perros ¡y ordenando que los restaurantes dejen de vender platos que contengan carne de perro! Noticias inspiradoras, resultantes de la acción directa de personas inspiradoras, como ustedes mismos. La cobertura internacional que ha recibido el brutal negocio de carne de perro y gato en Corea del Sur ha manchado a Busan y a la imagen  toda de Corea del Sur. No permita que eso mismo empañe también la relación con la Ciudad Hermana. El momento de acabar con esta tragedia es ahora. Se solicita el favor de su respuesta. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Video: Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market’s Cruelty.  http://koreandogs.org/busan-gupo-dog-meat-markets-cruelty/  

KOREANDOGS.ORG
1,766 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Maties Serracant Camps of Sabadell, Spain

Tell Friendship City, Goyang,Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Consumption of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please visit:  http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-goyang-south-korea-sabadell-spain/ Mayor Maties Serracant Camps of Sabadell, Spain: Tell Friendship City, Goyang, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Señor Alcalde de Sabadell, Maties Serracant Camps: Comuníquele por favor a la Ciudad Amiga de Goyang, Corea del Sur, que nos oponemos a la tortura y el consumo de perros y gatos. (Scroll down for the Spanish translation) Sabadell has become Friendship City with Goyang, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Sabadell would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Goyang citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Friendship City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Goyang and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Goyang there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Friendship City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Goyang Mayor Seong Choi to take action, and to state that Sabadell and its citizens demand that Goyang issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Friendship cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Goyang, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Friendship city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. [Spanish]  Señor Alcalde de Sabadell, Maties Serracant Camps: Comuníquele por favor a la Ciudad Amiga de Goyang, Corea del Sur, que nos oponemos a la tortura y el consumo de perros y gatos. La ciudad de Sabadell se ha convertido en Ciudad Amiga de Goyang, Corea del Sur. Esta relación indudablemente surge de un espíritu amistoso que las beneficia mutuamente a través de vínculos culturales, comerciales, etc. Pero, mientras Sabadell quizá hubiera esperado conocer diferentes modalidades y hábitos culturales de los habitantes de la ciudad amiga, estamos seguros de que habría dudado en establecer aquellos vínculos si hubiera sabido de las prácticas crueles, aberrantes, que imperan dentro del comercio de carne de perro y gato en Goyang y en toda Corea del Sur. Se trata de negocios tan lucrativos como ilegales que operan sin ser objetados, al margen de la ley, sin que les apliquen penas a quienes la violan.                                                                          Siendo Corea del Sur asiento de compañías globales como Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK y POSCO, resulta sumamente impactante que casi 2,5 millones de perros sean torturados y sacrificados cada año en Corea del Sur sólo por la codicia de los comerciantes de carne de perro y por el paladar de algunos comensales, mientras la mayoría de los coreanos que no participa de este ofensivo comercio muestra profunda indiferencia, sin hacer nada para acabar con él. Sabemos cuán leales y fieles son los perros en todo el mundo, y cuánto les exigimos a tantos  de ellos que prestan servicio en innumerables  formas, sea en trabajo de granjas, en guerras, o como canes de policía, como guardianes, o en operativos de búsqueda y rescate, tanto como al servicio de discapacitados, sirviendo de guía, protegiendo, y muy especialmente como amorosos compañeros en quienes nosotros confiamos. Los perros fueron domesticados hace miles de años, y tanto quieren formar parte de la familia "humana" que han aprendido a interpretar nuestros gestos e idiomas, es decir, el lenguaje de una especie distinta de la propia, mostrando así su notable disposición e inteligencia. En Goyang existen numerosas granjas de perros, mataderos, mercados y restaurantes donde los canes, tras ser torturados durante su vida, terminan siendo sacrificados de la manera más inhumana, por electrocución, colgados o golpeados y luego arrojados al agua hirviendo incluso estando a veces con vida todavía.  En muchos de esos predios, los perros son muertos y desmembrados a la vista de otros canes cautivos aterrorizados en sus jaulas. Esto ocurre en público, a plena luz del día. Así también, las mascotas perdidas o robadas a menudo terminan en manos de esta industria que las somete a la misma crueldad. Por favor, vea este video captado por activistas que defienden los derechos de los animales en Corea del Sur: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Hay leyes en Corea del Sur contrarias a la venta de perros y gatos para consumo humano, pero son rutinaria y descaradamente ignoradas. Pensamos que la responsabilidad social cuenta para los representantes de una ciudad, moviéndolos a tomar cierta posición frente a los actos ilícitos de su ciudad amiga, ya sea para sancionarlos o ignorarlos. Por esta razón, le solicitamos que inste a involucrarse al Alcalde de Goyang Seong Choi, reconociendo que sus ciudadanos le solicitan emitir un documento oficial que ordene a funcionarios, policías y jueces cumplir con la siguiente reglamentación coreana ya existente: No está autorizado el procesar desechos de comida para alimentar a los animales de consumo humano; es una violación a la Ley de Control de Desechos, Artículo 15-2, Artículo 25, Sección 3. Quienes proveen y transportan los residuos de alimentos a los criaderos de perros violan esta reglamentación. Los desechos alimentarios usados como alimento para perros destinados a carne, viola la Ley de Control de Ganado y Peces, Artículo 14, Sección 1 y 2. La recolección no autorizada de desperdicios de alimentos y su consumo por perros destinados a carne, viola el presente Reglamento. Los excrementos y los daños ambientales resultantes, subproductos de la actividad de granjas ilegales de perros, violan la Ley de Gestión y Uso de Excrementos de Ganado, Artículo 11. Tales residuos causan daños ambientales a las zonas circundantes. La faena misma de perros para consumo humano contraviene la Ley de Protección Animal, Artículo 8, Sección 1, Cláusula 4. El acto de sacrificar un perro sin un fundamento justificable –  eutanasia veterinaria, o circunstancias de amenaza inmediata, o daño a la vida o a la propiedad de personas – constituye una violación a la ley antedicha. La matanza de perros por electrocución viola la Ley de Protección Animal, Artículo 8, Sección 1, Cláusula 1. Infligir lesiones o muerte a cualquier animal por los siguientes métodos: abatimiento con herramientas, por exposición a drogas, exposición a calor extremo o fuego, electrocución y ahogamiento, son objeto de penalización. Por lo tanto, la matanza habitual de perros llevada a cabo por carniceros y granjeros según los métodos descriptos viola la ley. Además, la electrocución como forma de sacrificio está internacionalmente reconocida como método cruel y prohibido a nivel mundial. El sacrificio de perros en mataderos no autorizados viola la ley de Control Sanitario de Productos de Ganadería, Artículo 7, Sección 1. La Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Ganaderos establece que los perros están oficialmente reconocidos y clasificados como "animales prohibidos de ser sacrificados y distribuidos para consumo humano". Por lo tanto, los vendedores que operan mataderos de perros lo hacen completamente al margen de  parámetros legales y en abierta violación de ellos. La matanza de perros para consumo viola el artículo 10 de la Ley de Protección  Animal. La intención de esta ley es asegurar que ningún animal sea sacrificado de manera cruel o repugnante, y que sea liberado de dolor innecesario o estrés durante el proceso de faena. Por lo tanto,  la única forma humana de matar a los perros sería mediante eutanasia (inyección letal). Todos los métodos de sacrificio actualmente practicados por carniceros, granjeros y comerciantes excluyen la eutanasia, de modo que todos infringen esta ley, como también la Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Pecuarios, Artículo 7, Sección 1, Cláusula 2. De acuerdo con esta Ley, el sacrificio de animales para consumo sólo está permitido para aquellos clasificados como “ganado” en la Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Pecuarios, y los perros no figuran allí. La exhibición y venta de la canal de perros en mercados tradicionales al aire libre viola la Ley de Higiene Alimentaria, Artículo 4, 5. También viola las leyes que prohíben la venta de alimentos nocivos por contaminación, tal como la generada por la matanza operada en condiciones insalubres e ilegales, prohibiendo así mismo la exhibición de la canal del perro. Un ejemplo, los esqueletos se hallan habitualmente contaminados por microorganismos causantes de enfermedades e intoxicaciones a humanos, capaces de conducir a complicaciones de salud potencialmente mortales. También existen leyes que prohíben la venta de carne de animales enfermos, pero, dado que no hay control sanitario ni de calidad, como tampoco supervisión formal de la faena dentro del comercio de carne de perro, es altamente probable que también se violen estas reglamentaciones cotidianamente. La sopa de huesos de perro de procedencia desconocida que se vende en los restaurantes implica una violación a la ley de Higiene Alimentaria, Artículo 44, Sección 1, Cláusula 1, que ordena que no pueda transportarse, almacenar, exhibir, vender o emplear para la manufactura de alimentos de consumo humano ningún producto de ganadería que no haya sido inspeccionado. Por favor, consulte la información legal sobre consumo de carne de perro en Corea del Sur publicado por KARA (Defensores de los Derechos de los Animales de Corea): http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ Pensamos que cuanto aquí pedimos hace al espíritu y a los objetivos de la hermandad entre ciudades, que procura establecer relaciones fructíferas entre ellas en áreas tales como el turismo, comercio, intercambio cultural y salud pública. Tu acción es importante; puede ayudar a salvar vidas y lo hará, reduciendo el sufrimiento de los animales trágicamente atrapados en el comercio de carne de perro y gato de Corea del Sur. Numerosos alcaldes de varias ciudades del mundo han apoyado nuestras campañas y contactado con sus colegas dentro de Corea del Sur. Tomemos por ejemplo a Bucheon, donde ese proceder realmente marcó la diferencia: ahora  allí están trabajando duro para convertirse en la primera ciudad  de Corea del Sur libre de carne de perro, cerrando granjas y mataderos ilegales de perros ¡y ordenando que los restaurantes dejen de vender platos que contengan carne de perro! Noticias inspiradoras, resultantes de la acción directa de personas inspiradoras, como ustedes mismos. La cobertura internacional que ha recibido el brutal negocio de carne de perro y gato en Corea del Sur ha manchado a Seúl y a la imagen  toda de Corea del Sur. No permita que eso mismo empañe también la relación con la Ciudad Amiga. El momento de acabar con esta tragedia es ahora. Se solicita el favor de su respuesta.

KOREANDOGS.ORG
1,774 supporters
Petitioning Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, India

Tell Friendship City, Seoul, Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Consumption of Dogs.

For more actions you can take, please visit: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-seoul-south-korea-delhi-india/ Honorable Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, India: Tell Friendship City, Seoul, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Delhi has become Friendship City with Seoul, South Korea. This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Delhi would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Seoul citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Friendship City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Seoul and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Seoul there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Friendship City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Seoul Mayor Won-Soon Park to take action, and to state that Delhi and its citizens demand that Seoul issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Friendship cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Seoul, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Friendship city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Video: http://koreandogs.org/street-horror-dog-slaughterhouses-heart-seoul/

KOREANDOGS.ORG
3,402 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Clara Luquero de Nicolás of Segovia, Spain

Tell Sister City, Seoul Gangdong-gu, Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torturing of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-seoul-gangdong-gu-south-korea-segovia-spain/ Mayor Clara Luquero de Nicolás of Segovia, Spain: Tell Sister City, Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Señora Alcaldesa de Segovia, Doña Clara Luquero de Nicolás: Comuníquele por favor a la Ciudad Hermana de Seoul Gangdong-gu, Corea del Sur, que nos oponemos a la tortura y el consumo de perros y gatos.(Scroll down for the Spanish translation). Segovia has become Sister City with Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Segovia would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Seoul Gangdong-gu citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Sister City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Seoul Gangdong-gu and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Seoul Gangdong-gu there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Sister City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik Lee to take action, and to state that Segovia and its citizens demand that Seoul Gangdong-gu issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. [Spanish] Señora Alcaldesa de Segovia, Doña Clara Luquero de Nicolás: Comuníquele por favor a la Ciudad Hermana de Seoul Gangdong-gu, Corea del Sur, que nos oponemos a la tortura y el consumo de perros y gatos. La ciudad de Segovia se ha convertido en Ciudad Hermana de Seoul Gangdong-gu, Corea del Sur. Esta relación indudablemente surge de un espíritu amistoso que las beneficia mutuamente a través de vínculos culturales, comerciales, etc. Pero, mientras Segovia quizá hubiera esperado conocer diferentes modalidades y prácticas culturales de los habitantes de la ciudad hermana, estamos seguros de que habría dudado en establecer aquellos vínculos si hubiera sabido de las prácticas crueles, aberrantes, que imperan dentro del comercio de carne de perro y gato en Seoul Gangdong-gu y en toda Corea del Sur. Se trata de negocios tan lucrativos como ilegales que operan sin ser objetados, al margen de la ley, sin que les apliquen penas a quienes la violan.                                                                         Siendo Corea del Sur asiento de compañías globales como Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK y POSCO, resulta sumamente impactante que casi 2,5 millones de perros sean torturados y sacrificados cada año en Corea del Sur sólo por la codicia de los comerciantes de carne de perro y por el paladar de algunos comensales, mientras la mayoría de los coreanos que no participa de este ofensivo comercio muestra profunda indiferencia, sin hacer nada para acabar con él. Sabemos cuán leales y fieles son los perros en todo el mundo, y cuánto les exigimos a tantos  de ellos que prestan servicio en innumerables  formas, sea en trabajo de granjas, en guerras, o como canes de policía, como guardianes, o en operativos de búsqueda y rescate, tanto como al servicio de discapacitados, sirviendo de guía, protegiendo, y muy especialmente como amorosos compañeros en quienes nosotros confiamos. Los perros fueron domesticados hace miles de años, y tanto quieren formar parte de la familia "humana" que han aprendido a interpretar nuestros gestos e idiomas, es decir, el lenguaje de una especie distinta de la propia, mostrando así su notable disposición e inteligencia. En Seoul Gangdong-gu existen numerosas granjas de perros, mataderos, mercados y restaurantes donde los canes, tras ser torturados durante su vida, terminan siendo sacrificados de la manera más inhumana, por electrocución, colgados o golpeados y luego arrojados al agua hirviendo incluso estando a veces con vida todavía.  En muchos de esos predios, los perros son muertos y desmembrados a la vista de otros canes cautivos aterrorizados en sus jaulas. Esto ocurre en público, a plena luz del día. Así también, las mascotas perdidas o robadas a menudo terminan en manos de esta industria que las somete a la misma crueldad. Por favor, vea este video captado por activistas que defienden los derechos de los animales en Corea del Sur: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Hay leyes en Corea del Sur contrarias a la venta de perros y gatos para consumo humano, pero son rutinaria y descaradamente ignoradas. Pensamos que la responsabilidad social cuenta para los representantes de una ciudad, moviéndolos a tomar cierta posición frente a los actos ilícitos de su ciudad amiga o hermana, ya sea para sancionarlos o ignorarlos. Por esta razón, le solicitamos que inste a involucrarse al Alcalde de Seoul Gangdong-gu Hae-Sik Lee, reconociendo que sus ciudadanos le solicitan emitir un documento oficial que ordene a funcionarios, policías y jueces cumplir con la siguiente reglamentación coreana ya existente: No está autorizado el procesar desechos de comida para alimentar a los animales de consumo humano; es una violación a la Ley de Control de Desechos, Artículo 15-2, Artículo 25, Sección 3. Quienes proveen y transportan los residuos de alimentos a los criaderos de perros violan esta reglamentación. Los desechos alimentarios usados como alimento para perros destinados a carne, viola la Ley de Control de Ganado y Peces, Artículo 14, Sección 1 y 2. La recolección no autorizada de desperdicios de alimentos y su consumo por perros destinados a carne, viola el presente Reglamento. Los excrementos y los daños ambientales resultantes, subproductos de la actividad de granjas ilegales de perros, violan la Ley de Gestión y Uso de Excrementos de Ganado, Artículo 11. Tales residuos causan daños ambientales a las zonas circundantes. La faena misma de perros para consumo humano contraviene la Ley de Protección Animal, Artículo 8, Sección 1, Cláusula 4. El acto de sacrificar un perro sin un fundamento justificable –  eutanasia veterinaria, o circunstancias de amenaza inmediata, o daño a la vida o a la propiedad de personas – constituye una violación a la ley antedicha. La matanza de perros por electrocución viola la Ley de Protección Animal, Artículo 8, Sección 1, Cláusula 1. Infligir lesiones o muerte a cualquier animal por los siguientes métodos: abatimiento con herramientas, por exposición a drogas, exposición a calor extremo o fuego, electrocución y ahogamiento, son objeto de penalización. Por lo tanto, la matanza habitual de perros llevada a cabo por carniceros y granjeros según los métodos descriptos viola la ley. Además, la electrocución como forma de sacrificio está internacionalmente reconocida como método cruel y prohibido a nivel mundial. El sacrificio de perros en mataderos no autorizados viola la ley de Control Sanitario de Productos de Ganadería, Artículo 7, Sección 1. La Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Ganaderos establece que los perros están oficialmente reconocidos y clasificados como "animales prohibidos de ser sacrificados y distribuidos para consumo humano". Por lo tanto, los vendedores que operan mataderos de perros lo hacen completamente al margen de  parámetros legales y en abierta violación de ellos. La matanza de perros para consumo viola el artículo 10 de la Ley de Protección  Animal. La intención de esta ley es asegurar que ningún animal sea sacrificado de manera cruel o repugnante, y que sea liberado de dolor innecesario o estrés durante el proceso de faena. Por lo tanto,  la única forma humana de matar a los perros sería mediante eutanasia (inyección letal). Todos los métodos de sacrificio actualmente practicados por carniceros, granjeros y comerciantes excluyen la eutanasia, de modo que todos infringen esta ley, como también la Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Pecuarios, Artículo 7, Sección 1, Cláusula 2. De acuerdo con esta Ley, el sacrificio de animales para consumo sólo está permitido para aquellos clasificados como “ganado” en la Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Pecuarios, y los perros no figuran allí. La exhibición y venta de la canal de perros en mercados tradicionales al aire libre viola la Ley de Higiene Alimentaria, Artículo 4, 5. También viola las leyes que prohíben la venta de alimentos nocivos por contaminación, tal como la generada por la matanza operada en condiciones insalubres e ilegales, prohibiendo así mismo la exhibición de la canal del perro. Un ejemplo, los esqueletos se hallan habitualmente contaminados por microorganismos causantes de enfermedades e intoxicaciones a humanos, capaces de conducir a complicaciones en la salud humana potencialmente mortales. También existen leyes que prohíben la venta de carne de animales enfermos, pero, dado que no hay control sanitario ni de calidad, como tampoco supervisión formal de la faena dentro del comercio de carne de perro, es altamente probable que también se violen estas reglamentaciones cotidianamente. La sopa de huesos de perro de procedencia desconocida que se vende en los restaurantes implica una violación a la ley de Higiene Alimentaria, Artículo 44, Sección 1, Cláusula 1, que ordena que no pueda transportarse, almacenar, exhibir, vender o emplear para la manufactura de alimentos de consumo humano ningún producto de ganadería que no haya sido inspeccionado. Por favor, consulte la información legal sobre consumo de carne de perro en Corea del Sur publicado por KARA (Defensores de los Derechos de los Animales de Corea): http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ Pensamos que cuanto aquí pedimos hace al espíritu y a los objetivos de la hermandad entre ciudades, que procura establecer relaciones fructíferas entre ellas en áreas tales como el turismo, comercio, intercambio cultural y salud pública. Tu acción es importante; puede ayudar a salvar vidas y lo hará, reduciendo el sufrimiento de los animales trágicamente atrapados en el comercio de carne de perro y gato de Corea del Sur. Numerosos alcaldes de varias ciudades del mundo han apoyado nuestras campañas y contactado con sus colegas dentro de Corea del Sur. Tomemos por ejemplo a Bucheon, donde ese proceder realmente marcó la diferencia: ahora  allí están trabajando duro para convertirse en la primera ciudad  de Corea del Sur libre de carne de perro, cerrando granjas y mataderos ilegales de perros ¡y ordenando que los restaurantes dejen de vender platos que contengan carne de perro! Noticias inspiradoras, resultantes de la acción directa de personas inspiradoras, como ustedes mismos. La cobertura internacional que ha recibido el brutal negocio de carne de perro y gato en Corea del Sur ha manchado a Seúl y a la imagen  toda de Corea del Sur. No permita que eso mismo empañe también la relación con la Ciudad Amiga. El momento de acabar con esta tragedia es ahora. Se solicita el favor de su respuesta.

KOREANDOGS.ORG
3,269 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Lianne Dalziel of Christchurch

Tell Sister City, Seoul Songpa-gu,Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-seoul-songpa-gu-south-korea-christchurch-new-zealand/ Mayor Lianne Dalziel of Christchurch: Tell Sister City, Seoul Songpa-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Christchurch has become Sister City with Seoul Songpa-gu, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Christchurch would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Seoul Songpa-gu citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Sister City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Seoul Songpa-gu and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Seoul Songpa-gu there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Sister City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Seoul Songpa-gu Mayor Chun-Hee Park to take action, and to state that Christchurch and its citizens demand that Seoul Songpa-gu issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Seoul Songpa-gu, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. Video: The Korea Observer’s documentary “The Dog Meat Professional: South Korea”  http://koreandogs.org/dmp/  https://youtu.be/tEaa1GJo-Uo

KOREANDOGS.ORG
3,707 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Phil Goff of Auckland, New Zealand

Tell Sister City, Busan,Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Consumption of Dogs/Cats.

For more actions you can take please visit:http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-busan-south-korea-auckland-new-zealand/ Mayor Phil Goff of Auckland, New Zealand: Tell Sister City, Busan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Auckland has become Sister City with Busan, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Auckland would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Busan citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Sister City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Busan and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Busan there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Sister City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Busan Mayor Byung-Soo Suh to take action, and to state that Auckland and its citizens demand that Busan issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Busan, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested.

KOREANDOGS.ORG
3,872 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Angel Mariscal Estrada of Cuenca, Spain

Tell Sister City, Paju,South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Consumption of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-paju-south-korea-cuenca-spain/ Mayor Angel Mariscal Estrada of Cuenca, Spain: Tell Sister City, Paju, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Señor Alcalde de Cuenca, Angel Mariscal Estrada: Comuníquele por favor a la Ciudad Amiga de Paju, Corea del Sur, que nos oponemos a la tortura y el consumo de perros y gatos. (Scroll down for the Spanish translation) Cuenca has become Sister City with Paju, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Cuenca would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Paju citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Sister City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Paju and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Paju there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Sister City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Paju Mayor Jae-Hong Lee to take action, and to state that Cuenca and its citizens demand that Paju issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health.Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Paju, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. [Spanish] Señor Alcalde de Cuenca, Angel Mariscal Estrada: Comuníquele por favor a la Ciudad Amiga de Paju, Corea del Sur, que nos oponemos a la tortura y el consumo de perros y gatos. La ciudad de Cuenca se ha convertido en Ciudad Amiga de Paju, Corea del Sur. Esta relación indudablemente surge de un espíritu amistoso que las beneficia mutuamente a través de vínculos culturales, comerciales, etc. Pero, mientras Cuenca quizá hubiera esperado conocer diferentes modalidades y prácticas culturales de los habitantes de la ciudad Amiga, estamos seguros de que habría dudado en establecer aquellos vínculos si hubiera sabido de las prácticas crueles, aberrantes, que imperan dentro del comercio de carne de perro y gato en Paju y en toda Corea del Sur. Se trata de negocios tan lucrativos como ilegales que operan sin ser objetados, al margen de la ley, sin que les apliquen penas a quienes la violan.                                                                          Siendo Corea del Sur asiento de compañías globales como Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK y POSCO, resulta sumamente impactante que casi 2,5 millones de perros sean torturados y sacrificados cada año en Corea del Sur sólo por la codicia de los comerciantes de carne de perro y por el paladar de algunos comensales, mientras la mayoría de los coreanos que no participa de este ofensivo comercio muestra profunda indiferencia, sin hacer nada para acabar con él. Sabemos cuán leales y fieles son los perros en todo el mundo, y cuánto les exigimos a tantos  de ellos que prestan servicio en innumerables  formas, sea en trabajo de granjas, en guerras, o como canes de policía, como guardianes, o en operativos de búsqueda y rescate, tanto como al servicio de discapacitados, sirviendo de guía, protegiendo, y muy especialmente como amorosos compañeros en quienes nosotros confiamos. Los perros fueron domesticados hace miles de años, y tanto quieren formar parte de la familia "humana" que han aprendido a interpretar nuestros gestos e idiomas, es decir, el lenguaje de una especie distinta de la propia, mostrando así su notable disposición e inteligencia. En Paju existen numerosas granjas de perros, mataderos, mercados y restaurantes donde los canes, tras ser torturados durante su vida, terminan siendo sacrificados de la manera más inhumana, por electrocución, colgados o golpeados y luego arrojados al agua hirviendo incluso estando a veces con vida todavía.  En muchos de esos predios, los perros son muertos y desmembrados a la vista de otros canes cautivos aterrorizados en sus jaulas. Esto ocurre en público, a plena luz del día. Así también, las mascotas perdidas o robadas a menudo terminan en manos de esta industria que las somete a la misma crueldad. Por favor, vea este video captado por activistas que defienden los derechos de los animales en Corea del Sur: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Hay leyes en Corea del Sur contrarias a la venta de perros y gatos para consumo humano, pero son rutinaria y descaradamente ignoradas. Pensamos que la responsabilidad social cuenta para los representantes de una ciudad, moviéndolos a tomar cierta posición frente a los actos ilícitos de su ciudad amiga o Amiga, ya sea para sancionarlos o ignorarlos. Por esta razón, le solicitamos que inste a involucrarse al Alcalde de Paju Jae-Hong Lee, reconociendo que sus ciudadanos le solicitan emitir un documento oficial que ordene a funcionarios, policías y jueces cumplir con la siguiente reglamentación coreana ya existente: No está autorizado el procesar desechos de comida para alimentar a los animales de consumo humano; es una violación a la Ley de Control de Desechos, Artículo 15-2, Artículo 25, Sección 3. Quienes proveen y transportan los residuos de alimentos a los criaderos de perros violan esta reglamentación. Los desechos alimentarios usados como alimento para perros destinados a carne, viola la Ley de Control de Ganado y Peces, Artículo 14, Sección 1 y 2. La recolección no autorizada de desperdicios de alimentos y su consumo por perros destinados a carne, viola el presente Reglamento. Los excrementos y los daños ambientales resultantes, subproductos de la actividad de granjas ilegales de perros, violan la Ley de Gestión y Uso de Excrementos de Ganado, Artículo 11. Tales residuos causan daños ambientales a las zonas circundantes. La faena misma de perros para consumo humano contraviene la Ley de Protección Animal, Artículo 8, Sección 1, Cláusula 4. El acto de sacrificar un perro sin un fundamento justificable –  eutanasia veterinaria, o circunstancias de amenaza inmediata, o daño a la vida o a la propiedad de personas – constituye una violación a la ley antedicha. La matanza de perros por electrocución viola la Ley de Protección Animal, Artículo 8, Sección 1, Cláusula 1. Infligir lesiones o muerte a cualquier animal por los siguientes métodos: abatimiento con herramientas, por exposición a drogas, exposición a calor extremo o fuego, electrocución y ahogamiento, son objeto de penalización. Por lo tanto, la matanza habitual de perros llevada a cabo por carniceros y granjeros según los métodos descriptos viola la ley. Además, la electrocución como forma de sacrificio está internacionalmente reconocida como método cruel y prohibido a nivel mundial. El sacrificio de perros en mataderos no autorizados viola la ley de Control Sanitario de Productos de Ganadería, Artículo 7, Sección 1. La Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Ganaderos establece que los perros están oficialmente reconocidos y clasificados como "animales prohibidos de ser sacrificados y distribuidos para consumo humano". Por lo tanto, los vendedores que operan mataderos de perros lo hacen completamente al margen de  parámetros legales y en abierta violación de ellos. La matanza de perros para consumo viola el artículo 10 de la Ley de Protección  Animal. La intención de esta ley es asegurar que ningún animal sea sacrificado de manera cruel o repugnante, y que sea liberado de dolor innecesario o estrés durante el proceso de faena. Por lo tanto,  la única forma humana de matar a los perros sería mediante eutanasia (inyección letal). Todos los métodos de sacrificio actualmente practicados por carniceros, granjeros y comerciantes excluyen la eutanasia, de modo que todos infringen esta ley, como también la Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Pecuarios, Artículo 7, Sección 1, Cláusula 2. De acuerdo con esta Ley, el sacrificio de animales para consumo sólo está permitido para aquellos clasificados como “ganado” en la Ley de Control Sanitario de Productos Pecuarios, y los perros no figuran allí. La exhibición y venta de la canal de perros en mercados tradicionales al aire libre viola la Ley de Higiene Alimentaria, Artículo 4, 5. También viola las leyes que prohíben la venta de alimentos nocivos por contaminación, tal como la generada por la matanza operada en condiciones insalubres e ilegales, prohibiendo así mismo la exhibición de la canal del perro. Un ejemplo, los esqueletos se hallan habitualmente contaminados por microorganismos causantes de enfermedades e intoxicaciones a humanos, capaces de conducir a complicaciones en la salud humana potencialmente mortales. También existen leyes que prohíben la venta de carne de animales enfermos, pero, dado que no hay control sanitario ni de calidad, como tampoco supervisión formal de la faena dentro del comercio de carne de perro, es altamente probable que también se violen estas reglamentaciones cotidianamente. La sopa de huesos de perro de procedencia desconocida que se vende en los restaurantes implica una violación a la ley de Higiene Alimentaria, Artículo 44, Sección 1, Cláusula 1, que ordena que no pueda transportarse, almacenar, exhibir, vender o emplear para la manufactura de alimentos de consumo humano ningún producto de ganadería que no haya sido inspeccionado. Por favor, consulte la información legal sobre consumo de carne de perro en Corea del Sur publicado por KARA (Defensores de los Derechos de los Animales de Corea): http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ Pensamos que cuanto aquí pedimos hace al espíritu y a los objetivos de la hermandad entre ciudades, que procura establecer relaciones fructíferas entre ellas en áreas tales como el turismo, comercio, intercambio cultural y salud pública. Tu acción es importante; puede ayudar a salvar vidas y lo hará, reduciendo el sufrimiento de los animales trágicamente atrapados en el comercio de carne de perro y gato de Corea del Sur. Numerosos alcaldes de varias ciudades del mundo han apoyado nuestras campañas y contactado con sus colegas dentro de Corea del Sur. Tomemos por ejemplo a Bucheon, donde ese proceder realmente marcó la diferencia: ahora allí están trabajando duro para convertirse en la primera ciudad de Corea del Sur libre de carne de perro, cerrando granjas y mataderos ilegales de perros ¡y ordenando que los restaurantes dejen de vender platos que contengan carne de perro! Noticias inspiradoras, resultantes de la acción directa de personas inspiradoras, como ustedes mismos. La cobertura internacional que ha recibido el brutal negocio de carne de perro y gato en Corea del Sur ha manchado a Seúl y a la imagen  toda de Corea del Sur. No permita que eso mismo empañe también la relación con la Ciudad Amiga. El momento de acabar con esta tragedia es ahora. Se solicita el favor de su respuesta.

KOREANDOGS.ORG
3,199 supporters
Petitioning President Carles Puigdemont of Catalonia

Tell Sister State, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs.

President Carles Puigdemont of Catalonia: Tell Sister State, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Catalonia has become Sister State with Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Catalonia would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Gyeonggi-do citizens, we feel certain that you would have hesitated to form such a Sister State relationship had you known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Gyeonggi-do and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Gyeonggi-do there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one state to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Sister State.  As such, we ask you to please urge Gyeonggi-do Governor Kyung-Pil Nam to take action, and to state that Catalonia and its citizens demand that Gyeonggi-do issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Sister states to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Gyeonggi-do, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish Catalonia’s Sister State relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested.

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