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Boycott the World Veterinary Congress in South Korea, Toxic Torture Hell for Dogs & Cats!

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The World Veterinary Congress, in South Korea!?

To the shock of millions of compassionate citizens worldwide, South Korea is scheduled to play host to the 33rd World Veterinary Congress in 2017. Can this be right?

Note: Dear activists, if you choose to contact the WVA to express your dismay at the choice of this year's Congress location of South Korea, please be polite and informative. Our group do not condone aggressive or bullying communications, which can be counterproductive. The WVA have thus far been responsive to our communications, and we seek a mutually beneficial relationship with the WVA going forward. Please work to build bridges not walls. Thank you for your cooperation.

“By signing this petition, I urge members of the World Veterinary Association (WVA), veterinary professionals and veterinary students worldwide to boycott the conference and speak out against the cruel and barbaric South Korean dog and cat meat trade.”

About the Dog and Cat Meat Trade

South Korea, the world’s 14th largest economy and home to global brands, such as Samsung, Hyundai, Kia and Daewoo, is a country that slaughters and eats an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats each year. Koreans claim that the more the dog or cat suffers, the better the meat tastes or the greater the medicinal properties. To this end, slaughterhouse workers subject dogs and cats to terror and extreme suffering prior to killing, including boiling alive, burning alive, beating, stabbing and other forms of mutilation, sometimes through repeat torture sessions to maximize the production adrenaline. South Korea’s notorious, widespread dog and cat meat trade has shocked and horrified the world. For video documentation, please WATCH THIS VIDEO.

The Trade: Stark Opposition to the Conference Theme

The World Veterinary Congress is poised to attract veterinarians, scientists, nurses, technologists and students worldwide, with a theme of “One Health, New Wave”. The event website boasts that the congress will “introduce the latest technology and trends that have not been previously seen and in addition, the focus will be on 'One Health' which will enable humans and animals to co-exist.” The Korean dog and cat meat strongly opposes to the theme of this year’s Congress. This contrast highlights South Korea as a hypocrisy and embarrassment to the country’s Veterinary discipline.

Toxic Hazards for Dogs and Humans

Specifically, dogs on dog-meat farms are pumped full of antibiotics and medicines to keep them alive and free from disease to counteract the highly unsanitary conditions in which they are raised. Experts claim that eating meat concentrated with high level of antibiotics causes severe toxic effects in the human body, including endocrine disruption in the long term, leading to cancer and diabetes. In addition, common practice in South Korea is to dispose of food waste by feeding it to farmed dogs, a practice that is illegal in modern countries around the world.

South Korea Should Not Receive this Honor

Does it make sense that South Korea, with such hazardous and cruel food-production methods, receive the honor, prestige and inevitable economic gains of hosting the 2017 World Veterinary Congress? Sign to say “No!”.

My Sincere, Public Request to the Veterinary Community

“By signing this petition, I urge members of the World Veterinary Association (WVA), veterinary professionals and veterinary students worldwide to boycott the conference or speak out against the cruel and barbaric South Korean dog and cat meat trade at the conference itself. For those compassionate scientific professionals boycotting the conference, I ask that they please communicate to the WVA and WVC Incheon, Korea 2017 Organizing Committee the reasons for their boycott and opposition to this toxic trade.”

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