Samsung: Help us to end the abhorrent cruelty and suffering of cats & dogs in your country

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To the Samsung Group, 

The dictionary definition of the word ethical shows that it is: ‘relating to morals, esp. as concerning human conduct’.  Samsung states that it has “an aim to become one of the most ethical companies in the world”.

We challenge this statement, as your company originates from South Korea, and therefore represents a country which endorses ‘human conduct’ that is unacceptable, immoral, and shocking: we refer to the endemic and brutal practices that are unashamedly being carried out within all parts of the dog and cat meat trade.

South Korea is the only country in the world which commercially farms cats and dogs to supply the nation’s demand; and the brutalization of these helpless animals is appalling, and the suffering which they experience is immense.

Within the thousands of farms, ranging in size from small, backyard enterprises to huge concerns, every year many millions of animals are bred and reared, and kept in completely inhumane and pitiful conditions: with dogs being raised in small, filthy, barren cages, with no reprieve from hunger or fear.  They endure all of this before they are finally condemned to hideous deaths, by horrendous and prolonged methods of slaughter - all of which are illegal, and completely unacceptable by any human standard.

We know that dedicated, caring people in 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; and 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 unnecessary and despicable cruelty.

The dog meat trade is a two billion dollar industry, but South Korea could stand to lose considerably more in terms of export revenue, goodwill and its positive image within the international community if this appalling industry is not stopped; and 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, importantly, enforce its animal protection laws. 

Many people around the world, because of their great love for dogs, will either continue, or decline, to support your corporation depending on how you now decide to act with regards to the animal rights and welfare issues in your country.  Do you want your product image to suffer?

Samsung is the largest electronics company in South Korea - it has the power to change this tragic and cruel situation; and we are surprised that a business with so much power, influence and money, is not already doing something about this abhorrence.  It is shameful.

Furthermore, your Company will be sponsoring the Rio and Pyeonchang Olympics - but what good is spending millions of dollars on promoting your company’s name through these events, when the dog meat trade in your country is doing much to damage your corporate image.  Surely your corporate dollars should, in the first instance, be spent on helping end the appalling dog meat industry? That would make better economic sense.

With the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, now is the time to take action: South Korea has to permanently ban the consumption of dog and cat meat. 

Furthermore, as a representative company of your country, Samsung has a moral duty to be proactive in this matter: you must urge the South Korean Government to put an end to the dog and cat meat trade once and for all.

We implore you, Samsung, to live up to your claim to “inspire the world” by standing up for what is right, and so “shape the future” that all South Koreans will be proud to be a part of.