Dear members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature,
We ask that you boycott 2012 World Conservation Congress scheduled to be held in Jeju, South Korea and stand up against the appalling animal cruelty which is toxic to the human mind and to the environment.
Two and a half million South Korean dogs are electrocuted, hanged, or beaten to death each year. They are killed in the cruelest ways imaginable, because many South Koreans believe the insidious myth that the more an animal suffers, the tastier the meat and that the medical properties will be enhanced. Thousands of cats are also slaughtered for soups and so-called “health” tonics. They are thrown into boiling water while still alive.
The practice of eating dogs is not widely accepted in South Korea. It gained popularity after the South Korean War. The practice continues to thrive with the aid of greedy restaurateurs, meat dealers, and butchers.
Over the last decade, many in South Korea have embraced the notion of dogs and cats as animal companions. But we must take action to persuade the South Korean government to legalize a ban on dog and cat meat and forever stop this technically illegal, corrupt, and sordid industry.
It is appalling that dogs and cats should be kept in filthy crates, forced to watch their cage mates being tortured and slaughtered. Eyewitnesses have reported dogs being literally torn apart while still alive, their tormentors saying that the more prolonged the torment of death, the better the taste. This attitude toward any living being is at best unforgivable.
Many dog farms, slaughterhouses and markets are operating illegally with no licenses and without proper facility and equipment to handle mountains of excrement and waste water causing serious pollution to the water resources and the environment. However, the South Korean government has been consistently ignoring the problem with excuses that there is a lack of proper law for enforcement. So, whose job is it to put the necessary laws in place? It's the government's. Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Environment and Korea Food and Drug Administration are all pointing fingers at each other and refusing the take the necessary actions to ban this horrible injustice to the millions of companion animals and to avoid the serious threat to the environment.
Without the pressure from the people of South Korea and the caring people around the world, change will not take place.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
It's time that South Korea ends this horrible atrocity and move forward to being a nation of conscience and conservation.
Information about the IUCN Congress: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/
Watch this video of typical dog farm/slaughterhouses in S. Korea: http://youtu.be/ldblUoQ2tvo
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