KOREANDOGS.ORG

62,462 supporters

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 Commission Chairman Bill Brunson of Glynn County

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

Commission Chairman Bill Brunson of Glynn County: Tell Friendship City, Taean-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Glynn County has become Friendship City with Taean-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 Glynn County would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Taean-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 Taean-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 Taean-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; 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 Taean-gun Mayor Sang-Gi Han to take action, and to state that Glynn County and its citizens demand that Taean-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 Taean-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. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

KOREANDOGS.ORG
329 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Drew Dilkens of Windsor, Canada

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

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-seoul-guro-district-south-korea-windsor-canada/ Mayor Drew Dilkens of Windsor, Canada: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Guro District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Windsor, Canada has become Friendship City with Seoul Guro District, South Korea in 2017.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Windsor would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Seoul Guro District 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 Guro District 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 Guro District 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 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 Guro District Mayor Sung Lee to take action, and to state that Windsor and its citizens demand that Seoul Guro District 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. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Seoul Guro District, 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Photos: The Korea Observer’s documentary “The Dog Meat Professional: South Korea”  http://koreandogs.org/dmp/ https://youtu.be/tEaa1GJo-Uo  

KOREANDOGS.ORG
1,804 supporters
Petitioning Seoul National University, Office of International Affairs - SNU, Office of the President - SNU, Office of International Affairs - SNU, VP, Office of International Affairs - SNU, Deputy VP, Office ...

Seoul National University: Stop cloning dogs using dogs from dog meat farm immediately!

Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) has uncovered animal abuse, mistreatment and exploitation of laboratory animals, and a gross breach of ethics in animal research at Seoul National University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dogs already living under inhumane and horrific conditions at dog meat farms were taken to the SNU College of Veterinary Medicine research laboratory where they were subjected to even further abuse. Under the guise of cloning dogs for special purpose use, 1,346 fertilized eggs were harvested and implanted in thousands of meat farm surrogate dogs under questionable conditions resulting in only 3 live births. Not only has the data based on this unscientific and unethical research has been distorted to reflect greater success, the dogs used in these callous experiments were sent back to the despicable dog farms to ultimately be slaughtered and eaten. The merciless treatment of these dogs simply cannot and should not be condoned or supported.  Click here to learn more: http://koreandogs.org/snu/ For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/snu-call-for-action/ Stop the animal research using “meat dog” farm dogs immediately! All members of the Seoul National University’s Animal Experimental Ethics Committee must resign for knowingly approving the usage of animals from unauthorized research animal supplier! Seoul National University must thoroughly investigate the researchers responsible and set up measures to prevent recurrence! Seoul National University must fully disclose its history of experimentation on dogs from dog meat farms! The Rural Development Administration and the National Institute of Animal Science must disclose information on the unethical reality behind the special-purpose dog cloning project! 특수목적견 복제한다며 ‘식용’ 개농장과 검은 커넥션, 서울대는 진실을 밝혀라!https://ekara.org/activity/against/read/9456 계속되고 있는 ‘식용’ 개농장 동물실험을 즉각 중단하라! 무등록기관 실험동물 공급임을 알면서 연구 승인한 서울대실험동물윤리위원회는 전원 사퇴하라! 서울대학교는 연구 책임자 엄중 문책하고 재발방지 대책을 세우라!  서울대학교는 ‘식용’ 개농장 동물실험 내역을 낱낱이 공개하라!  농촌진흥청과 국립축산과학원은 비윤리적 실체 드러난 특수목적견 복제 사업의 정보를 공개하라!  

KOREANDOGS.ORG
5,186 supporters
Petitioning Korean President Moon Jae-In, Korean Ministry of Environment, Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare

Korean Government: STOP allowing the dog meat industry to use their dogs as garbage cans!

For more actions you can take please click here: http://koreandogs.org/kara-ministry-environment-campaign/ The Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) has exposed another shameful side to the dog meat trade – and more Government failures. Click HERE to learn more. Not only does the South Korean Government neglect to enforce their animal welfare laws by continuing to allow the appalling and blatantly cruel dog meat trade, but Government Departments, such as the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, fail to properly monitor the food waste disposal business, being carried out as a lucrative side-line to dog meat production – and thereby ensuring continuation of these trades. Food waste is so named as it is just that - waste: filthy slops, which, left untreated, can harbour salmonella and other contaminants, able to cause health hazards on epidemic scale. Such waste must be recycled or disposed of responsibly, yet dog-meat farmers were easily granted licences to recycle food waste as a business, without any proper checks being made by Government Departments to ensure that these ‘businesses’ were capable (or willing) to recycle this waste in an acceptable and legal way; their disposal method: feed it untreated to their dogs, or sell it on to other meat-producing farmers. The Korean Government must step up and take responsibility, the Moon Jae-In Administration must keep its promise to survey the dog meat farms throughout the country, and act on illegal practices – it must bring about change.

KOREANDOGS.ORG
8,776 supporters
Petitioning County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III of Prince George’s County

Tell Friendship City, Cheonan, S. Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please click here: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-cheonan-south-korea-prince-georges-county-maryland/ County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III of Prince George’s County: Tell Friendship City, Cheonan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Prince George’s County has become Friendship City with Cheonan, 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 Prince George’s County would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Cheonan citizens, we feel certain that your county  would have hesitated to form such a Friendship City relationship had your county known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Cheonan 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 Cheonan 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 Cheonan Mayor Bon-Yeong Gu to take action, and to state that Prince George’s County and its citizens demand that Cheonan 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 Cheonan, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your county’s Friendship City relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested.

KOREANDOGS.ORG
2,820 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Johanna Rolland of Nantes, France

Tell Friendship City, Suncheon, S Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please click here: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-suncheon-south-korea-nantes-france/ Mayor Johanna Rolland of Nantes, France: Tell Friendship City, Suncheon, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Madame Johanna Rolland, maire de Nantes: Faites savoir à Suncheon, Corée du Sud, que nous sommes opposés à la torture et à la consommation de chiens et de chats !  Nantes est jumelée avec Suncheon, Corée du Sud. Cette relation est certainement née dans un esprit d’amitié et et de partage. Mais si votre ville avait été informée de l’existence d’un vaste commerce de chats et de chiens élevés pour la consommation humaine, cette amitié n’aurait sans doute pas été possible... Connaissez vous l’ampleur  de ce commerce cruel et barbare - à Sucheon même - mais aussi dans toute la Corée du Sud ? Une très ancienne croyance veut que ces malheureuses bêtes soient torturés à mort afin que leur chair puisse acquérir des vertus particulières... Quelles relations la ville de Nantes aurait elle pu nouer avec une ville comme Suncheon,  si elle avait eu connaissance de ces infames pratiques ? A notre époque, cette filière lucrative perdure au vu et au su de tous, dans l’indifférence de la grande majorité des Sud Coréens, et ce, malgré son illégalité. La loi est ignorée, et ceux qui la bafouent n’encourent pas les moindres poursuites... La Corée du Sud a vu naître et prospérer de grandes sociétés internationales, telles que Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK et POSCO. C'est pourquoi il est si choquant qu'environ 2,5 millions de chiens et chats, des animaux de compagnie, soient élevés dans des conditions les plus sordides, torturés et abattus chaque année en Corée du Sud ! L’avidité des intervenants de cette filière, et une large demande de la population locale, perdurent dans l’indifférence générale des ceux qui ne partagent pas ces pratiques. A Suncheon, il existe de très nombreux élevages de chiens, des abattoirs, des marchés et des restaurants où les animaux, qui sont torturés toute leur vie, finissent par être abattus des manières les plus barbares, électrocutés, pendus ou battus à mort,  pour être ensuite jetés dans l'eau bouillante - parfois encore vivants. Les chiens sont ainsi massacrés à la vue de leurs compagnons terrifiés ! Le croirez vous ? Tout cela se déroule en plein jour, et en public. De nombreux animaux abandonnés et ou volés à leur famille finissent dans les même cages immondes et sont soumis à la même cruauté. Regardez cette vidéo, filmée par des militants des droits des animaux en Corée du Sud, infiltrés dans le milieu : http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Il existe en Corée du Sud des lois contre le trafic de chiens et de chats destinés à la consommation humaine, mais ces lois sont systématiquement ignorées par les autorités, dont votre ami, le maire de Suncheon. Nous croyons que les élus de notre pays, la Corée du Sud, doivent prendre position contre ces pratiques ! Et exiger l’intervention de  la police et des juges ! Nous pensons également, qu’une ville jumelle comme la vôtre, est en droit de faire connaître son opposition à de telles pratiques, qui déshonorent tout un pays ! Pour votre information, voici les textes en vigueur en Corée du Sud : 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, 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 electrocution 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. Plus d’ informations légales concernant la consommation de viande de chien en Corée du Sud sont publiées par KARA (défenseurs des droits des animaux de Corée): http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ Nous croyons que ces exigences sont conformes à l'esprit et aux objectifs des villes  jumelées pour établir des communications amicales dans les domaines du tourisme, du commerce, de l'échange culturel et de la santé publique.   Votre implication est primordiale! Elle peut éviter à des animaux une mort certaine, et leur épargner 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 le plus bel exemple d’une action efficace: cette ville est ainsi devenue la première du pays à bannir la  consommation de viande de chien, en poursuivant les éleveurs et les abattoirs illégaux, et en imposant aux restaurants l’interdiction servir de plats à base de viande de chiens! C’est une source d’inspiration pour tous les citoyens du monde comme vous, qui souhaitent soutenir la cause animale...  La révélation au monde entier du commerce barbare de viande de chiens et de chats en Corée du Sud a terni l'image de Suncheon, et de toute la Corée du Sud. Agissez, interpellez votre homologue coréen ! Il est plus que temps aujourd’hui temps de mettre fin à cette tragédie !  Nous sommes convaincus qu’une jeune élue française, socialiste, saura faire entendre sa voix, jusqu’à Suncheon, pour défendre ces innocents. [English] Nantes has become Friendship City with Suncheon, 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 Nantes would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Suncheon 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 Suncheon 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 Suncheon 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 Suncheon Mayor Choong-Hoon Cho to take action, and to state that Nantes and its citizens demand that Suncheon 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 Suncheon, 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.

KOREANDOGS.ORG
2,368 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Richard Kerr of Adelanto

Tell Sister City, Hadong-gun,Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs/Cats.

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-hadong-gun-south-korea-adelanto-california/ Mayor Richard Kerr of Adelanto: Tell Sister City, Hadong-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Adelanto has become Sister City with Hadong-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 Adelanto would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Hadong-gun 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 Hadong-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 Hadong-gun, there are countless restaurants that serve dog meat from dogs who are tortured their entire lives and who end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging, or beating; and then are thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. 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 Hadong-gun Mayor Youn Sang-Ki to take action, and to state that Adelanto and its citizens demand that Hadong-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 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 Hadong-gun, 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
5,007 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee

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

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-daegu-south-korea-milwaukee-wisconsin/ Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee: Tell Sister City, Daegu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Milwaukee has become Sister City with Daegu, 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 Milwaukee would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Daegu 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 Daegu 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 Daegu 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 Daegu Mayor Young-Jin Kwon to take action, and to state that Milwaukee and its citizens demand that Daegu 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 Daegu, 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
6,302 supporters
Petitioning Minister Kim Sang-Kon, Minister Park Neung-Hoo

Shut down the Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market located within the “School Cleanup Zone”!

Click here for the latest update and call for action: http://koreandogs.org/busan-bukbu-office-of-educations/ Busan Buk-gu District – Shut down the Gupo Dog Meat Market in the “School Cleanup Zone”! The Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market is within the boundaries of the “School Environment, Hygiene, Cleanup Zone” specified in the School Health Act as evidenced in this Busan News article: Dispute over the Gupo Livestock Market’s violation of the School Health Act. (http://koreandogs.org/dispute-over-the-gupo-livestock-markets-violation-of-the-school-health-act/  However, the Busan Buk-gu District office refuses to shut it down, claiming that the School Health Act does not apply to the Gupo Dog Meat Market.  The officials in the Busan Buk-gu District put the interests of dog butchers/shops before the education of their young children.  Imagine allowing your children to grow up hearing the screams of the meat dogs and seeing them writhe in agony, being brutally slaughtered right in front of their young eyes. It will either traumatize these children for life or make them immune to the suffering of animals, turning them into the next generation of animal abusers. This is despicable and it must be stopped.  In the years  2014 through 2015, in response to the Busan Bukgu District’s disregard for the law, we launched a campaign of letter- writing directed towards the Korean Minister of Education and Minister of Health & Welfare. We requested statements on their official position regarding the actions of the Busan Bukgu District Office with regard to the Gupo Dog Meat Market.  However, we did not receive any responses from the Ministry of Health & Welfare and Ministry of Education.  It has now been 3 years and  there are new ministers in office, so we would like to re-launch our campaign.  We hope with the new  leadership in place in Korea, we will have a chance to get the attention of their government.  Please sign and share our petition, and also send a petition letter (use your own words or our petition as a suggested letter).  We must not give up on these dogs.  Click here to learn more: http://koreandogs.org/busan-bukgu-gupo/ [Petition Letter]  Minister Park Neung-Hoo, Ministry of Health and Welfare, South KoreaMinister Kim Sang-Kon, Ministry of Education, South Korea Shut down the Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market located within the “School Environment, Hygiene, Cleanup Zone”. Back in November of 2014, the Busan Buk-gu District Office issued their response to a civil complaint filed by the Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Busan KAPCA) regarding the violation of School Health Act at the Gupo Dog Meat Market. (http://koreandogs.org/busan-buk-gu-district-response/) It was the opinion of the Busan Buk-gu District Office that Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraphs 1, 5, 7, 8 and 11 of the School Health Act do not apply to the Gupo Dog Meat Market and that the Gupo Dog Meat Market is not subject to administrative action or removal. This opinion was issued by the Busan Buk-gu District Office without comment as to why the above provisions of the School Health Act are not applicable. The Gupo Dog Meat Market is clearly within the boundary of the “School Environment, Hygiene, Cleanup Zone” specified in the School Health Act as evidenced by this Busan News article: Dispute over the Gupo Livestock Market’s violation of the School Health Act. (http://koreandogs.org/dispute-over-the-gupo-livestock-markets-violation-of-the-school-health-act/) The current conditions at the Gupo Dog Meat Market, as evidenced by many media available online and provided by the Busan KAPCA to the Busan Buk-gu District Office, clearly show that the Gupo Dog Meat Market is not being operated under healthful conditions and therefore is in violation of your stated policy. It appears that the officials in the Busan Buk-gu District put the interest of dog butchers/shops before the education of their young children. Please imagine letting your kids grow up hearing the screaming of the meat dogs and seeing them writhe in agony, being brutally slaughtered right in front of their young eyes. It will either traumatize these children for life or make them immune to the suffering of animals, turning them into the next generation of animal abusers. We are, therefore, respectfully requesting that the Ministry of Health and Welfare and Ministry of Education issue a position with respect to the decision of the Busan Buk-gu District Office regarding the Gupo Dog Meat Market. 지난 2014년 11월 부산동물학대방지연합은 구포 개시장의 학교보건법 위반과 관련하여 민원을 접수 했습니다. 이에 대해 부산광역시 북구청으로부터 회신을 받았습니다. 회신에 따르면 구포 개시장은 학교보건법 제6조 제1항의 1호, 5호, 7호, 8호, 11호에 해당되지 않기 때문에 행정조치 및 철거 명령의 대상이 되지 않는다고 되어있습니다. 하지만 어떤 근거로 학교보건법이 적용되지 않는다고 하는지에 대한 언급은 전혀 없습니다. 부산일보의 한 기사 내용을 보면 아시겠지만 구포 개시장은 학교보건법에 구체적으로 명시된 “학교환경위생정화구역”에 해당하는 것이 확실합니다. 구포가축시장, 학교보건법 저촉 논란 (http://news20.busan.com/controller/newsController.jsp?newsId=20140506000116#none) 온라인상의 많은 미디어를 통해서 또 부산동물학대방지연합이 북구청에 제공한 자료들을 통해서 이미 입증되었다시피 현재 구포 개시장은 전혀 위생적으로 운영되고 있지 않습니다. 부산 북구청의 공무원들은 어린 학생들의 교육보다는 개도살상인들의 이익을을 우선시하는 것 같습니다. 장관님의 자녀가 식용개들이 지르는 비명을 듣고, 잔인하게 도살되면서 고통에 몸부림치는 모습을 눈앞에서 바로 보면서 자란다고 상상해 보십시오. 아이들은 평생 정신적충격의 고통속에서 살게 되거나 또는 동물의 고통에 무감각해져서 다음 세대의 동물학대자들이 될 것입니다. 따라서 구포 개시장에 대한 부산 북구청의 결정에 대하여 보건복지부와 교육부가 나서서 입장을 피력해 주시기를 간절히 요청 드리는 바입니다.

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Petitioning President Moon Jae-In

Punish the pet shop owner who killed 79 dogs by severe neglect! Protect companion animals!

A heartless pet shop owner in Cheonan Dongnam-gu district is reported to have neglected a total of 160 dogs, causing the death of 79 of them because he did not want to spend any more money on them. Many corpses were found in a significant state of decomposition, with their skulls and ribs fully exposed. The remaining 80 surviving dogs, were clearly starving and many found diseased. Astoundingly the pet shop is also reported to have been offering an adoption service to clients, promising to find new homes for these unfortunate animals! We request President Moon Jae-In of South Korea to punish, to the fullest extent of the law, the pet shop owner who was responsible for the deaths of 79 dogs and the suffering of 80 more dogs due to severe neglect.  We request the protection of companion animals in Korea by the strengthening and enforcement of the Animal Protection Laws. Please sign the petition on Korean government official petition site asking Korean government to protect companion animals!  Click here to learn more and sign: http://koreandogs.org/cheonan-petshop-79dogs-dead/  https://www1.president.go.kr/petitions/143880 Arrest warrant for owner of pet shop in Cheonan where 79 dogs were found dead Yonhap news reported on February 24 that police had applied for an arrest warrant against a pet shop owner in Chungcheongnamdo Cheonan who had severely neglected dogs causing them to die. Chungcheongnamdo Cheonan Southeast Police station stated on February 24 that on February 20, it had requested an arrest warrant for the pet shop owner (referred to only as “Mr A”, aged 27) on charges of violating animal protection law.Mr A is suspected of neglecting 160 dogs and causing death of 79 of these dogs while operating a pet shop from July of last year in Cheonan Dongnam-gu district.Many corpses were found in a significant state of decomposition, with their skulls and ribs fully exposed. These dogs were found in metal cages, on the floor and stuffed inside boxes throughout the pet shop. Of the 80 surviving dogs, some had clearly not been fed for a long time and many have been infected with measles and deadly parvoviruses.  Mr A reportedly admitted to the police that he “neglected the dogs because it was costly to treat them medically or euthanize dogs.” It is unusual for police to file arrest warrants for violations of animal protection laws.In response, one police official said, “We filed for an arrest warrant because we found that the nature of the crime is terrible, causing so many dogs to die for personal monetary gain.”   It was known that the pet shop was also charging fees to people seeking to abandon their dogs, promising to find new homes for them as well as charging well-meaning would-be adopters adoption fees. On February 20, Korea Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) held a press conference at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, urging the government to “strengthen the management and regulation of companion animal industry before enacting laws to promote (expand) companion animal industry”. Click here to learn more: http://koreandogs.org/cheonan-petshop-79dogs-dead/ Video: News1 https://youtu.be/RrXYRUtIP8g  Pet shop in Cheonan, South Korea. Korea Animal Welfare Association (KAWA)

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