Petitioning Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany Ambassador Moon Tae-Young and 39 others

Coca Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonalds, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, Visa: Withdraw your sponsorship of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea!

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Supporters

To the Sponsors of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea:

Please withdraw your sponsorship of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea!

Bishop Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

As sponsors of the Olympics, you have the power to influence the S. Korean government to end the horrific cruelty that is perpetrated against innocent dogs and cats of South Korea.

Two and a half million South Korean dogs are electrocuted, hanged, or beaten to death each year. They are killed in the cruelest ways imaginable, because many South Koreans believe the insidious myth that the more an animal suffers, the tastier the meat and that the medical properties will be enhanced. Thousands of cats are also slaughtered for soups and so-called “health” tonics. They are thrown into boiling water while still alive.

The practice of eating dogs is not widely accepted in South Korea. It gained popularity after the South Korean War. The practice continues to thrive with the aid of greedy restaurateurs, meat dealers, and butchers.

Over the last decade, many in South Korea have embraced the notion of dogs and cats as animal companions. But we must take action to persuade the South Korean government to legalize a ban on dog and cat meat and forever stop this technically illegal, corrupt, and sordid industry.
It is appalling that dogs and cats should be kept in filthy crates, forced to watch their cage mates being tortured and slaughtered. Eyewitnesses have reported dogs being literally torn apart while still alive, their tormentors saying that the more prolonged the torment of death, the better the taste. This attitude toward any living being is at best unforgivable.

The 2012 Olympics showed us how the world can unite together with a collective spirit of community that transcends economics and political strife. Every nation even the smallest, without resources had a chance to showcase their talent.  They were neither sidelined nor marginalized.  Volunteers came together and everyone was given an equal chance to shine.  The world knows how important it is to stand up for the voiceless to show understanding and compassion to all our fellow men and living creatures. Doing the right thing earns respect and this in turn builds business.  It is time for  brand leaders such as you to carry this torch of change.  Please respect your customers.  Do not endorse a nation that endorses and promotes oppression and unspeakable cruelty.  Insist this practice ends now and until it does withdraw your sponsorship.
Respectfully,

More Info:

South Korea's dog meat clash:  http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/542514.html

Dogs in Hell:  http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/dogsinhell.pdf

The Fight Against the Dog Meat Industry:  http://busanhaps.com/article/feature-fight-against-dog-meat-industry

Send messages to Olympic Committee: https://secure.registration.olympic.org/en/faq/ask-question

[Sample message]
To the International Olympic Committee:
I am extremely distressed about the torture and consumption of animal companions in South Korea. Even though the government has established an Animal Protection Law, dogs are still electrocuted, hanged, and beaten to death by farmers and slaughters. Also, dogs and cats are still being tortured and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which have no medicinal properties except in the minds of gullible customers. Until South Korea ends this appalling suffering, the country’s reputation in the international community will continue to suffer. Its citizens will face shame and embarrassment. And South Korea will continue to be regarded as “third world,” despite its glittering modernization and attempts at globalized thinking. There will be worldwide attempts to boycott “PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics unless the abuse of cats and dogs has finally come to an end.

Korean Olympic Committee Homepage: http://www.sports.or.kr/eng/

The Coca-Cola Company
CEO:  Muhtar Kent
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301, USA
1.800.GET COKE (800.438.2653 FREE)
Homepage: http://www.coca-cola.com/en/index.html
Submit letter here: https://secure.thecoca-colacompany.com/ssldocs/mail/eQuery_product.shtml

Acer Inc.
CEO and President:  Jason Chen
8F, 88, Sec.1, Xintai 5th Rd.
Xizhi, New Taipei City 221, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-2696-1234
Fax: +886-2-8691-1031

Acer America Corporation
333 West San Carlos Street, Suite 1500
San Jose, CA 95110, USA
(408) 533-7700 – Phone
Corporate Responsibility contact email: cr@acer.com.tw
Homepage: http://www.acer.com/worldwide/selection.html

Atos
CEO:  Thierry Breton
River Ouest 80, Quai Voltaire
95877 Bezons, France
Contact email: more-info@atos.net, info.na@atos.net
Homepage: http://atos.net/en-us/

The Dow Chemical Company
CEO Andrew N. Liveris
2030 Dow Center
Midland, MI  48674, USA
800-258-2436 FREE (U.S. and Canada)
Homepage: http://www.dow.com/
Office Locations: http://www.dow.com/locations/office.htm
Submit letter here: http://www.dow.com/company/contact/

General Electric Company
CEO:  Jeff Immelt
3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06828, USA
1-203-373-2211
Investor Relation contact email: ir.contacts@corporate.ge.com
Homepage: http://www.ge.com/
Submit letter here: https://www.ge.com/contact/contact_form.html?ref=http://www.ge.com/

McDonalds Corporation
CEO:  Don Thompson
2111 McDonald's Dr.
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA
1-800-244-6227 FREE
Homepage: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/home.html
Submit letter here: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/contact_us/social_responsibility/social_responsibility.html

Omega
The Swatch Group Ltd
CEO:  Nick Hayek
Seevorstadt 6
P.O. Box
2501 Biel / Bienne, Switzerland
Phone: +41 32 343 68 11
Homepage: http://www.swatchgroup.com/intro_en
Submit letter here: http://www.swatchgroup.com/en/services/contact_us/contact_form

Panasonic
President:  Kazuhiro Tsuga
Panasonic Corporation
1006, Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma-shi, Osaka 571-8501, Japan
Phone: +81-6-6908-1121

Panasonic Corporation of North America
Two Riverfront Plaza
Newark, NJ 07102
Homepage: http://panasonic.com/

The Procter & Gamble Company
CEO, Chairman and President:  A. G. Lafley
1 or 2, Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45201, USA
Phone: 1-513-983-1100
Contact email: Shareholders.IM@pg.com
Homepage: http://www.pg.com/en_US/index.shtml
Submit letter here: http://pg.custhelp.com/app/ask/session/L3NpZC9KcjEyQloybA%3D%3D

Visa
CEO:  Charles W. Scharf
Visa Inc.
P.O. Box 8999
San Francisco, CA 94128 - 8999, USA
1-800-847-2911 FREE
Contact email: ir@visa.com, globalmedia@visa.com
Homepage: http://usa.visa.com/?country=us&ep=v_gg_new&akamai=true
Submit letter here: https://corporate.visa.com/utility/contactus.jsp

Letter to
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany Ambassador Moon Tae-Young
Prime Minister's Office Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA Ambassador Choi Young-jin
and 37 others
Office of the president, the Republic of Korea President Geun-Hye Park
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Argentina Ambassador Han Byung-Kil
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics President Park Yong-Sung
Omega-The Swatch Group Ltd CEO Nick Hayek
McDonalds Corporation CEO Don Thompson
The Dow Chemical Company CEO Andrew N. Liveris
Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada Ambassador Nam Joo-Hong
General Electric Company CEO Jeff Immelt
Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Suh Kyu-Yong (Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)
Visa Inc. CEO Charles W. Scharf
The Procter & Gamble Company CEO A. G. Lafley
Acer Inc. CEO Jason Chen
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Nederlands Ambassador Lee Key-Cheol (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Nederlands)
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in New Zealand Ambassador Park Yong-Kyu (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in New Zealand)
Presidential Council on Nation Branding Chairperson Lee Bae-Yong (Presidential Council on Nation Branding)
Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga
Atos CEO Thierry Breton
The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Thailand Ambassador Lim Jae-Hong
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Japan Ambassador Shin Gack-Soo
Seongnam City Mayor Lee Jae-Myung
Incheon Metroplitan City Mayor Song Young-Gil
Korea International Trade Association (KITA) Chairman & CEO Il Sa-Kong
Seoul Metropolitan Government Mayor Park Won Soon
Busan Metropolitan City Mayor Hur Nam-Sik
Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-Soo
Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs Minister Rim Che-Min
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in China Ambassador Lee Kyu-Hyung
Korea Food And Drug Administration Commissioner Noh Yun-Hong
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Hungary Ambassador Nam, Gwan-pyo
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Malaysia Ambassador Yong Joon Lee
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in South Africa Ambassador Lee Yoon
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Australia Sydney Consul General Jin-soo Kim
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Norway Ambassador Lee Byong Hyun
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Austria Ambassador CHO Hyun
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Governor Woo Keun-Min
Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the United Nations Ambassador Kim Sook (Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the United Nations)
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Coca Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonalds, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, Visa.

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Withdraw your sponsorship of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea!

To the Sponsors of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea:

Please withdraw your sponsorship of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea!

Bishop Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

As sponsors of the Olympics, you have the power to influence the S. Korean government to end the horrific cruelty that is perpetrated against innocent dogs and cats in South Korea.

Two and a half million South Korean dogs are electrocuted, hanged, or beaten to death each year. They are killed in the cruelest ways imaginable, because many South Koreans believe the insidious myth that the more an animal suffers, the tastier the meat and that the medical properties will be enhanced. Thousands of cats are also slaughtered for soups and so-called “health” tonics. They are thrown into boiling water while still alive.

The practice of eating dogs is not widely accepted in South Korea. It gained popularity after the South Korean War. The practice continues to thrive with the aid of greedy restaurateurs, meat dealers, and butchers.

Over the last decade, many in South Korea have embraced the notion of dogs and cats as animal companions. But we must take action to persuade the South Korean government to legalize a ban on dog and cat meat and forever stop this technically illegal, corrupt, and sordid industry.

It is appalling that dogs and cats should be kept in filthy crates, forced to watch their cage mates being tortured and slaughtered. Eyewitnesses have reported dogs being literally torn apart while still alive, their tormentors saying that the more prolonged the torment of death, the better the taste. This attitude toward any living being is at best unforgivable.

The 2012 Olympics showed us how the world can unite together with a collective spirit of community that transcends economics and political strife. Every nation even the smallest, without resources had a chance to showcase their talent. They were neither sidelined nor marginalized. Volunteers came together and everyone was given an equal chance to shine. The world knows how important it is to stand up for the voiceless to show understanding and compassion to all our fellow men and living creatures. Doing the right thing earns respect and this in turn builds business. It is time for brand leaders such as you to carry this torch of change. Please respect your customers. Do not endorse a nation that endorses and promotes oppression and unspeakable cruelty. Insist this practice ends now and until it does withdraw your sponsorship.
Respectfully,

More Info:
South Korea's dog meat clash: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/542514.html

Dogs in Hell: http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/dogsinhell.pdf

The Fight Against the Dog Meat Industry: http://busanhaps.com/article/feature-fight-against-dog-meat-industry

Send messages to Olympic Committee: https://secure.registration.olympic.org/en/faq/ask-question

[Sample message]
To the International Olympic Committee:
I am extremely distressed about the torture and consumption of animal companions in South Korea. Even though the government has established an Animal Protection Law, dogs are still electrocuted, hanged, and beaten to death by farmers and slaughters. Also, dogs and cats are still being tortured and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which have no medicinal properties except in the minds of gullible customers. Until South Korea ends this appalling suffering, the country’s reputation in the international community will continue to suffer. Its citizens will face shame and embarrassment. And South Korea will continue to be regarded as “third world,” despite its glittering modernization and attempts at globalized thinking. There will be worldwide attempts to boycott “PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics unless the abuse of cats and dogs has finally come to an end.

Korean Olympic Committee Homepage: http://www.sports.or.kr/eng/

The Coca-Cola Company
CEO: Muhtar Kent
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301, USA
1.800.GET COKE ( 800.438.2653 FREE)
Homepage: http://www.coca-cola.com/en/index.html
Submit letter here: https://secure.thecoca-colacompany.com/ssldocs/mail/eQuery_product.shtml

Acer Inc.
CEO and President: Jason Chen
8F, 88, Sec.1, Xintai 5th Rd.
Xizhi, New Taipei City 221, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-2696-1234
Fax: +886-2-8691-1031

Acer America Corporation
333 West San Carlos Street, Suite 1500
San Jose, CA 95110, USA
(408) 533-7700 – Phone
Corporate Responsibility contact email: cr@acer.com.tw
Homepage: http://www.acer.com/worldwide/selection.html

Atos
CEO: Thierry Breton
River Ouest 80, Quai Voltaire
95877 Bezons, France
Contact email: more-info@atos.net, info.na@atos.net
Homepage: http://atos.net/en-us/

The Dow Chemical Company
CEO Andrew N. Liveris
2030 Dow Center
Midland, MI 48674, USA
800-258-2436 FREE (U.S. and Canada)
Homepage: http://www.dow.com/
Office Locations: http://www.dow.com/locations/office.htm
Submit letter here: http://www.dow.com/company/contact/

General Electric Company
CEO: Jeff Immelt
3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06828, USA
1-203-373-2211
Investor Relation contact email: ir.contacts@corporate.ge.com
Homepage: http://www.ge.com/
Submit letter here: https://www.ge.com/contact/contact_form.html?ref=http://www.ge.com/

McDonalds Corporation
CEO: Don Thompson
2111 McDonald's Dr.
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA
1-800-244-6227 FREE
Homepage: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/home.html
Submit letter here: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/contact_us/social_responsibility/social_responsibility.html

Omega
The Swatch Group Ltd
CEO: Nick Hayek
Seevorstadt 6
P.O. Box
2501 Biel / Bienne, Switzerland
Phone: +41 32 343 68 11
Homepage: http://www.swatchgroup.com/intro_en
Submit letter here: http://www.swatchgroup.com/en/services/contact_us/contact_form

Panasonic
President: Kazuhiro Tsuga
Panasonic Corporation
1006, Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma-shi, Osaka 571-8501, Japan
Phone: +81-6-6908-1121

Panasonic Corporation of North America
Two Riverfront Plaza
Newark, NJ 07102
Homepage: http://panasonic.com/

The Procter & Gamble Company
CEO, Chairman and President: A. G. Lafley
1 or 2, Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45201, USA
Phone: 1-513-983-1100
Contact email: Shareholders.IM@pg.com
Homepage: http://www.pg.com/en_US/index.shtml
Submit letter here: http://pg.custhelp.com/app/ask/session/L3NpZC9KcjEyQloybA%3D%3D

Visa
CEO: Charles W. Scharf
Visa Inc.
P.O. Box 8999
San Francisco, CA 94128 - 8999, USA
1-800-847-2911 FREE
Contact email: ir@visa.com, globalmedia@visa.com
Homepage: http://usa.visa.com/?country=us&ep=v_gg_new&akamai=true
Submit letter here: https://corporate.visa.com/utility/contactus.jsp