Hyundai: help us to end the abhorrent cruelty and suffering of cats & dogs in your country
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To the Hyundai Motor Group,
I am sure your corporation is aware of the notorious and extremely cruel dog meat trade in your country, South Korea, which is the only country in the world which commercially farms dogs to supply the nation’s demand.
The brutalization of these poor dogs and cats is appalling. Thousands of farms - ranging in size from small, backyard enterprises to huge farms - house thousands of dogs. All of these dogs are kept in pitiful conditions, with dogs being raised in small, filthy, barren cages, with no reprieve from hunger or fear. The suffering these dogs experience daily is immense.
Dedicated, caring people of South Korea have been asking their Government to ban this atrocity for many years, but the Government has yet to take a leadership role in this matter. In fact, it is hard to believe, in the twenty-first century, that a civilized nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic world powers, and also boasts one of the highest educational levels in the world, is still committing this type of unacceptable and despicable cruelty.
If South Korea wants to join civilized nations around the world, and be respected as a nation of conscience, then it needs to strengthen and enforce its animal protection laws, and ban the consumption of dog and cat meat once and for all. It is also the moral duty of companies, such as the Hyundai Motor Group, to urge the South Korean Government to do exactly that.
The dog meat trade is a two billion dollar industry. However, South Korea could stand to lose considerably more in terms of export revenue, loss of goodwill and its positive image within the international community if this appalling industry is not stopped. With the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, now is the time to take action.
Mr Chung Mon Koo, CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, states in his introduction in the Hyundai Motor Company's 'White Paper' that, "Hyundai will be a company trusted by customers and beloved by the community and practice the social responsibility as a global corporate citizen."
Fulfilling the role of a ‘corporate citizen’ also means caring for the voiceless and small of creatures in your country, and you should extend your ‘social responsibility’ towards all animals - especially those suffering in the dog and cat meat trade.
Your company is one of the largest in South Korea, and it has the power to change this tragic and cruel situation, but it is doing nothing to stop this abhorrent industry. In fact, your profound indifference to the plight of these dogs and their immense suffering is shameful. How can a company with so much power, influence and money, do nothing about this barbarism, while at the same time promoting ethical responsibility?
Furthermore, what good is spending millions of dollars on advertising for such events as the US Super Bowl 50, hosted only a few weeks ago in San Francisco, when the dog meat trade in your country is doing much to damage your company’s image! Surely your corporate dollars would be more wisely spent on helping end the appalling dog meat industry? That would be good economics!
There are many people around the world who, because of their love of dogs, will either continue, or decline, to support your corporation based on how you decide to act with regards to the animal rights and welfare issues in your country. Do you want your product image to suffer?
You also state that your corporate symbol expresses your "desire to race towards a wider world and a brighter future together with local communities." We therefore implore you to "race towards" a world that embraces kindness and respect to all animals - and in particular the dogs and cats of South Korea.
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