Petitioning Office of the president, the Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-Bak

Boycott 2013 Winter Special Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea - Hell on Earth for Millions of Dogs Tortured and Eaten!

Watch this undercover video by an animal protection group in S. Korea:  http://youtu.be/aiWE4brZWe0

Read this undercover investigative report by an animal protection group in S. Korea: http://www.careanimalrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/sh.pdf

Dear Prospective Attendees of the 2013 Winter Special Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea:

I request to you today to please boycott 2013 Winter Special Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea and stand against the appalling and despicable cruelty committed against the millions of helpless innocent dogs in South Korea every year.

Harriet Beecher Stowe said, "It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done."

In South Korea, 2 million dogs are tortured and eaten every year. Even though the country has established an Animal Protection Law for companion animals, dogs are still beaten, hanged, electrocuted and treated abominably by farmers and slaughters. And dogs and cats are still being beaten and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which do not have medical properties except in the minds of naive customers.

These sickening practices have no place in the modern world. Other countries in Asia have banned the eating of dog meat and the cruel industry that goes with it many years ago: Taiwan in 2001, Hong Kong in 1950, Philippines in 1998, Thailand in 2000,... Why does South Korea lag behind these countries and other civilized societies?

It's the responsibility of the South Korean government to once and for all end the cruel dog and cat meat industries. Now is the time to cast off the absurd myths and propaganda surrounding these industries and their vile products. Now is the time to leave behind backward and unnecessary traditions.

And now is the time for South Korea to start taking animal protection seriously and showing that it really does have a compassionate and ethical society. That means it is time for the South Korean government to better educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning animal companions, and about treating animals respectfully.

Until these things are done, South Korea's reputation in the international community will continue to suffer, despite its dazzling modernization and global thinking. Its citizens will continue to face shame and embarrassment.

There is no appropriate animal-protection legislation to prevent the animal cruelty currently taking place in South Korea. As someone who believes strongly that animals should not be treated in this way, I urge the South Korean Government to strengthen the Animal Protection Law to prevent animal cruelty and to introduce basic animal-protection regulations. It must also provide penalties for violations and ensure that mistreated animals can be legally seized from abusers and given immediate refuge. I request that the South Korean Government create an enforceable law to ban the torture, killing, sale, and consumption of dogs and cats.

Dear Prospective Attendees of the 2013 Winter Special Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, you have the power to make a difference for these poor animals who are forced to endure the most agonizing and unimaginable suffering. Would you please stand by these animals today and be their voice?
Sincerely,

Information about the 2013 Winter Special Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea: http://www.2013sopoc.org/hb/en/
http://www.specialolympics.org/Games/PyeongChang_2013.aspx

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Office of the president, the Republic of Korea
    President Lee Myung-Bak
  • Prime Minister's Office
    Prime Minister Mr. Kim Hwang-sik
  • Korea Food And Drug Administration
    Commissioner Lee Hee-Sung
  • Ministry of Environment
    Minister Yoo Young-Sook
  • 2013 Pyeongchang Special Olympic Winter Games Organization Committee Chair
    Kyung Won Na
  • Speaker of the National Assembly of S. Korea
    Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장
  • Special Olympics - Press Contact for PyeongChang 2013
    Special Olympics - Press Contact for PyeongChang 2013
  • Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs
    Minister Rim Che-Min (Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs)
  • Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    Minister Suh Kyu-Yong (Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)


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