- The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon (United Nations)United Nations
- Honorable Ambassador Choi Young-jin
- President Park Geun-hyePresident of South Korea
BOYCOTT 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA
In South Korea alone, 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year for human consumption.
Dog meat is the fourth most-consumed meat in Korea after pork, beef, and chicken. Around two million dogs are slaughtered for food each year and served in over twenty thousand restaurants, mostly in the form of stew commonly known as bosintang. According to a recent survey, 61.7% of Koreans have had dog meat at least once in their lives. Those who consume dog meat do so at an average of 4.6 times a year. The production and sale of dog meat is a large industry, with an estimated value of two billion U.S. dollars.
Dog meat is supposedly known for its positive effects on those who eat it. This belief is held primarily by men. The consumption of dog meat is said to increase virility - even more so if the dog suffered immensely before death - as the adrenaline rush experienced by the dog while being tortured provides something "extra."
"Meat dogs" are kept in extremely unsanitary conditions. In South Korea specifically, one-third of the nation's food waste is expended by feeding it to these dogs. In other words, the dogs commonly thought to be a source of good health and virility - would have, in fact, been surviving on rotting food infested with germs, rats, and maggots.
In addition, the dogs housed on dog farms are given high amounts of antibiotics and medicines. This is done to keep them alive and "healthy," and to prevent them from carrying the diseases common to their abhorrent living conditions.
The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, is a major international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from February 9-25, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea. It will be the first winter Olympics to be held on mainland Asia. PyeongChang and the other selected areas will receive enhanced awareness, income growth from tourism and job creation through support and cooperation from the central government, including 150 million won per three years from the Ministry of Environment for ecotourism programs and promotional campaigns.
MANY OF THE COMPANIES THAT SUPPORT THE DOG MEAT TRADE WILL MAKE A LOT OF MONEY.
Many animal advocates see Korea's hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics as an opportunity to focus international light on the practice, and in so doing finally bring an end to the deplorable dog meat trade.
Guardians International believes that we can save these dogs through awareness, education, and change, and we are calling on you to help boycott the 2018 Winter Olympics. Please let Korea know that you WILL NOT support them or their companies as long as the horrible practice of murdering dogs continues.
- United Nations
The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon (United Nations)
- Honorable Ambassador Choi Young-jin
- President of South Korea
President Park Geun-hye
I am writing to express my deep concern and opposition to South Korea's cruel dog meat industry, and I am writing to request that your government take action to bring an end to the cruel dog and cat meat trade in South Korea. Over 2 million dogs are killed for food every year in South Korea, and over 100,000 tons of dog meat is consumed annually.
The dog meat industry in South Korea is shockingly cruel. From birth to slaughter, dogs raised for food are kept in cramped, rusty cages stacked on top of each other. Their lives are bleak, but their death is worse. The method of slaughter is usually extremely (and even intentionally) brutal, and the dogs are often butchered in full view of others.
More and more South Koreans are speaking out against the practice of eating dog meat and the horrific industry it has spawned. Sadly, many of those who do eat dog meat in South Korea believe that high adrenaline levels in dogs will produce more tender meat--with the result that these helpless creatures are often sadistically killed by bludgeoning, slow strangulation, or even electrocution. Deaths that are preceded by panic and fear in the dogs occur on a daily basis throughout the country. Some even have a blow torch used on them while they are still alive to remove their hair. At the open-air markets, dogs are electrocuted and their necks are broken-all in plain sight to passers-by.
South Korea's Animal Protection Act of 2007 expressly prohibits the cruel methods used by people in the dog meat trade to handle and slaughter dogs. The law, however, is widely ignored, despite being revised with stronger penalties.
In addition to being incredibly inhumane, the consumption of dog meat has human health implications. Recently, a pig farmer in Jeju province and a dog breeder in Busan were arrested for violation of the Domestic Animal Infectious Disease Control Act and Waste Control Act for feeding pig meat infected with bacteria to dogs, and distributing the dogs nationwide to be consumed.
Many South Korean animal advocates see their nation's hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics as an opportunity to focus international light on the practice, and finally bring an end to the deplorable dog meat trade. We ask that the government of the Republic of Korea enforce the Animal Protection Act and enact a law to ban the consumption of dog meat in South Korea in order to eliminate the needless suffering inflicted upon dogs in South Korea. We thank you for your consideration of this request.
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