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Petitioning Ministry of Justice-Supreme Prosecutor/South Korean Legislative Branch

Ministry of Justice-Supreme Prosecutor/South Korean Legislative Branch: Introduce Dog Meat Trade Task Force for the S. Korean Law Enforcement


Action Petitioned For: A Task Force (TF) for the South Korean Law Enforcement. We, the undersigned, are petitioning for a task force be introduced to the South Korean law enforcement for the illegal dog meat trade.

This petition will be sent to the Ministry of Justice-Supreme Prosecutor, the South Korean Legislative Branch and also President Barack Obama asking him to convey the message to both of these offices. 

South Korea’s Animal Protection Act of 2007 expressly prohibits some of 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. With no substantive enforcement action to curb the sale of dog meat, it is available in restaurants throughout the country. In the late 1990s, a government survey estimated that well over 20,000 restaurants—counting those that were unregistered—offered dog meat. A similar number of such restaurants are believed to be in operation today.

A task force (TF) is a unit or formation established to work on a single defined task or activity. Originally introduced by the United States Navy, the term has now caught on for general usage and is a standard part of NATO terminology. Many non-military organizations now create "task forces" or task groups for temporary activities that might have once been performed by ad hoc committees. 

Several things set a task force aside from other working groups. The first is typically a sense of autonomy; it is commanded by someone high-ranking enough that he or she does not need to constantly consult superiors to make decisions. This makes a task force extremely mobile, flexible, and effective, allowing the members to use their abilities in very efficient ways. It also typically contains a broad cross-section of people, integrating an assortment of skills into a single unit.
When a task force is formed, its goals are clearly spelled out, and the commander typically indicates the kind of staffing and funding which would be needed. When the desired goal is achieved, the group is broken up again, with the members returning to their normal positions.
While most task forces focus on short-term goals like developing new technology or solving a specific problem, they can also take on more challenging long-term issues. In some instances, these task forces ultimately evolve into regular units, reflecting the fact that their tasks will never truly be done, although they might make tremendous strides in the right direction.
I believe this will alleviate or even resolve the illegal dog trade in South Korea. It is an inhumane act that has to be stopped immediately. Petition Letter is below.
I want to thank each and everyone of you for signing and sharing this petition. God bless you all.
Julie Jo

Letter to
Ministry of Justice-Supreme Prosecutor/South Korean Legislative Branch
It is my deepest concern that in your country dogs are being farmed and raised for human consumption. I am aware that it is illegal to process dogs like livestock and use them as any kind of food product. This is continuing to happen in your country.
I respectfully request that you introduce a task force (TF) to the law enforcement of South Korea for the illegal dog meat trade.
These dogs live in tiny cages above the ground all their lives. They are separated from their mothers at an early age and some are slaughtered as pups; they do not feel what walking on the ground is like; they cannot mingle with other dogs other than those in cages beside them; they suffer summer heat and freezing winters outdoors; they are not given water; they have to eat human food waste such as kimchi; they get no exercise; they have been known to have their eardrums burst to prevent them from barking--every natural instinct they have is thwarted by the inhumane and tortuous conditions they must live under.
These dogs are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burned to death. There is a perverted belief that the meat tastes better if dogs have high adrenaline levels in their meat before they die. Therefore, some dogs are made to experience extreme fear and suffering in the lead up to their deaths. Some dogs are hanged and then beaten while they are hanging and still alive. Others are hanged and then a blow torch is used on them while they are still alive to remove their hair. Others still are simply beaten and tortured to death. Generally, at the markets, dogs are electrocuted and then their necks are broken.
Dog meat has been linked to salmonella and staph infections, and a number of people die every year from eating dog meat. Dog farms and dog slaughterhouses do not have proper sewage disposal systems and pollute the soil and water therefore ending in spreading diseases in your country. I am sure you do not want to continual spread of disease onto your citizens.
Your law is contradicting. It is technically ILLEGAL to process dogs like livestock and use dog meat as any kind of food product. However, it is NOT ILLEGAL to breed, or raise, or slaughter dogs for dog meat.
I trust that upon examination of the above facts you will agree that it is in the best interest of the Korean Government to introduce what I am requesting.