Boycott XIII 2013 International Congress of Toxicology in Seoul, South Korea! No More Animal Cruelty! No More Dog Meat!

Watch this video from one of thousands of despicable illegal dog slaughterhouses in South Korea: http://youtu.be/ldblUoQ2tvo

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 International Congress of Toxicology in Seoul, South Korea:

I urge you today to please boycott XIII 2013 International Congress of Toxicology in Seoul, South Korea and stand against the appalling and despicable cruelty committed against the millions of 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 show 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 International Congress of Toxicology in Seoul, 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,

The 2013 International Congress of Toxicology in Seoul, South Korea: http://www.ict2013seoul.org/
International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX): http://www.iutox.org/

South Korea's dog meat industry where all kinds of dogs are tortured and eaten: http://youtu.be/_JPYK3yTqWY (Part 1 of 2)
http://youtu.be/hXe3GV0GOB4 (Part 2 of 2)

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance
    Deputy Prime Minister Oh-Seok Hyun
  • Office of the president, the Republic of Korea
    President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령
  • Minister of Korea Food And Drug Safety
    Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
  • Ministry of Health and Welfare
    Minister Young Jin 보건 복지부 진 영 장관
  • Prime Minister's Office of Republic of Korea
    Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리
  • President of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency
    President Young-Ho Oh 대한무역투자진흥공사 오영호 사장
  • Governor of Gyeonggido Province
    Governor Moon-Soo Kim 경기도 김문수 도지사
  • President, ICT 2013 Organizing Committee
    Byung-Mu Lee, Sang Geon Kim
  • webmaster@koreabrand.go.kr
    Chairperson Sam-Yeol(Samuel) Koo (webmaster@koreabrand.go.kr)
  • Governor of Gangwondo Province
    Moon-Soon Choi 강원도 최문순 도지사
  • Kwan-Yong Kim Governor of Gyeongsangbukdo Province
    Kwan-Yong Kim 경상북도 김관용 도지사
  • Ministry of Environment
    Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관
  • Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관
  • Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    Minister Lee Dong-Phil 농림수산식품부 이동필 장관
  • Leader of Democratic United Party (Opposition Party) of S. Korea
    Jae-In Moon 민주통합당 문재인 국회의원
  • Cham Lee CEO of Korea Tourism Organization
    CEO Cham Lee 한국관광공사 이 참 사장
  • Chairman & CEO of Korea International Trade Association
    Chairman Duck-Soo Han 국무역협회 한덕수 회장
  • Commissioner General of Korean National Police Agency
    Commissioner Ki-Yong Kim 경찰청장 김기용
  • Speaker of the National Assembly of S. Korea
    Chang Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)


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