Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
"Cowardice asks the question: Is it safe?
Expediency asks the question: Is it politic?
Vanity asks the question: Is it popular?
But, conscience asks the question: Is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right."
Today, we have decided to listen to our conscience and send this letter of request to the South Korean government to please stop the horrible cruelty and abuse of companion animals - Dog and Cat Consumption. People of the world are learning about the tragic plight of millions of dogs and cats in S. Korea. Every day we are hearing and seeing heartbreaking stories, photos and videos of the companion animals being subjected to most painful and terrible abuses and we become lost of words to express our sadness for these innocent animals. They are raised in tiny feces encrusted steel cages with no protection from the harsh weather, fed rotten food wastes from restaurants that is not suitable for dogs such as spicy fermented cabbage with hot chili peppers. We have also heard that these dogs are not even allowed to drink waters. They never feel the joy of touching the ground or running through grass, never exercise or chew a bone or know freedom. They are deprived of everything that is natural to them all their lives. They live in these appalling conditions totally lack of any compassion from human until they are slaughtered in most inhumane ways.
How can a modern society such as S. Korea still commit these unspeakable cruelties to dogs and cats who are known to be the most intelligent, loyal and loving companions to humans?
We are learning that this practice of eating dogs and cats are not really Korean "Tradition" nor "Culture". Ms. Cho has explained it very well in her article. http://animalrightskorea.org/dog-meat-issue/dog-meat-is-no-traditional-korean-food-by-sue-cho.html
However, even if this was a Korean "Tradition" and "Culture", people should evolve and discontinue what is not acceptable to the human conscience as being right. Human sacrifice used to be a "Tradition" and "Culture" for certain tribes. Does this mean that this is beyond reproach and it should be continued today?
Dedicated animal advocates and people within S. Korea who believes that this practice of torturing and eating companion animals is not only distasteful but despicable are campaigning everyday online and on the streets of S. Korea. So please listen to your citizens who cares about not only these animals of S. Korea but the interest of S. Korea in the world. Caring people of the world will not stop speaking out against this betrayal and violence towards these helpless sentient beings who can feel the same things that we feel as human as long as S. Korea continues eating them.
We cared about the people of S. Korea enough to send our loved ones to risk their lives to fight for your freedom in the 1950s during the Korean War. Now we care about your dogs and cats who are suffering the most horrific abuse and cruelty in the dog meat industry in your country.
We will not buy S. Korean Products. We will not use S. Korean Services. And we will not visit S. Korea until your government takes the steps to ban all dog and cat meat industries and strengthen the animal protection law to not only protect the pets but to provide protection to all dogs and cats regardless of their breeds.
Ms. Cho wrote, "In Korea, there is a word, "Me-Pung-Yang-Sok" which means "Beautiful custom and good morals" and refers when one culture deserves respect. I have never heard any Koreans call Dog meat as "Me-Pung-Yang-Sok". Dog meat consumption is NOT a real Korean traditional food but the base of animal cruelty in Korea."
Please, we request to you, the leaders of the S. Korean government, to do what your conscience tells you is right. Stop the dog and cat consumption!
Caring people of the world
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