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

South Korea: Stop Animal Abuse in South Korea

Open letter to the South Korean Government:

We, the undersigned individuals urge you and your government to put an end to the cruelty and suffering of dogs and cats in your country, South Korea.

We know that all over the country, animals destined for human consumption are mistreated and tortured before they are sold as human food. We also know that the animal welfare currently does not exist in your country.

In your country of South Korea the statements below describe the normal life of millions of dogs and cats:

- They are captured or stolen, sometimes beaten on the street before being transported under brutal conditions to the markets or farms.

- The farms could hold as many as 50 to several thousand living dogs and cats.

- The animals are held cramped in rows of tiny wire or bamboo cages.

- When a dog  is selected for sale, the animal is removed from the cages with metal tongs around the necks and carried by their hands and legs.

- The slaughter men often stun them with repeated blows to the head using clubs, or by swinging them by their hands and beating their heads to the ground.

- Even after five to ten minutes of these torture, these animals were still breathing, had a heartbeat, and continued moving and blinking.

- The headline states that: "Meat from tortured dogs taste best. Come and buy!"

- The slaughterhouses are saying "Enjoy your meal!" while the rest of the world is ready to vomit.

We would like to point out that a civilized country such as we are sure South Korea wants to be known, the behavior of its human inhabitants towards its local animals, stray, wild or otherwise, it is simply intolerable. If Korea wants to assume its rightful place among the leading nations of the world and make its ancestors proud, please ensure through proper legislation and enforcement that all living creatures are to be respected.

Furthermore, since animal welfare is an increasingly popular concept, I would also like to let you know that the national South Korean income from tourism will suffer as tourists who have become disgusted with seeing tortured animals stay home and tell their relatives, friends and the social internet what they have seen. Therefore, even economically speaking it would be shortsighted to let this awful situation endure. Unless of course, you want to be ruled by those monsters who in the backyards abuse, slaughter and sell the poor dogs! It is up to you Sir and Madam in Korea!

Lastly, it is our civil duty to warn you that there is a well investigated and published link between animal abuse and for example child molestation, which makes the need for proper legislation and enforcement even more urgent. Consider also the educational effect on a child when it sees adults around them slaughtering animals in a disrespectful and horrific manner. Will that child grow up to respect life itself? For its fellow Koreans? We fear not!

The Korean government is very responsible for the continuing cruelty and abuse of Korean animals. As long as the consumption of companion animals continues, so does cruelty to animals. Therefore we urgently and politely request that you initiate legislative action as soon as possible, in the interest of the animals and the Korean population as a whole.

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This petition was delivered to:
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany
    Ambassador Moon Tae-Young
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Thailand
    Ambassador Lim Jae-Hong
  • Yonhap News Agency
    Yonhap News Agency
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Mexico
    Ambassador Cho Whan-Bok
  • Korea Tourism Organization (LA Office)
    CEO, Lee Charm
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Japan
    Ambassador Shin Gack-Soo
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Italy
    Ambassador Kim Young-Seok
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Switzerland
    Ambassador Kim Jong-Il
  • Chungcheongnam-do Province
    Governor Ahn Hee-Jung
  • Jeollabuk-do Province
    Governor Kim Wan-Joo
  • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    Minister Choe Kwang-Shik
  • Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs
    Minister Rim Che-Min
  • Presidential Council on Nation Branding
    Chairperson Lee Bae-Yong
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in China
    Ambassador Lee Kyu-Hyung
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Mew Zealand
    Ambassador Park Yong-Kyu
  • Korea Tourism Organization (London Office)
    CEO, Lee Charm
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Russia
    Consul General Lee Kyung-Hwan
  • Chungcheongbuk-do Province
    Governor Lee Si Jong
  • Korea Times
    Korea Times
  • Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
    President Hong Suk-Woo
  • Ministry of Justice
    Minister Kwon Jae-Jin
  • Office of the president, the Republic of Korea
    President Lee Myung-Bak
  • Gyeonggi Province
    Governor Kim Moon-Soo
  • Gyeongsangbuk-do Province
    Governor Kim Kwan Yong
  • Gyeongsangnam-do Province
    Governor Kim Du Kwan
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in France
    Ambassador Park Heung-shin
  • Gangwon-do Province
    Governor Choi Moon-Soon
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Canada
    Ambassador Nam Joo-Hong
  • Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the United Nations
    Ambassador Kim Sook
  • Busan Metropolitan City
    Mayor Hur Nam-Sik
  • Prime Minister's Office
    Prime Minister Mr. Kim Hwang-sik
  • Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office
    Prosecutor General Kim Joon Gyu
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    Minister Kim Sung-Hwan
  • Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Foresstry and Fisheries
    Minister Suh Kyu-Yong
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States
    Ambassador Han Duk-Soo
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in United Kingdom
    Ambassador Choo Kyu-Ho
  • Korea International Trade Association (KITA)
    Chairman & CEO Il Sa-Kong
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Australia
    Ambassador Cho Tae-Yong
  • Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Mayor Park Won Soon
  • Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
    Governor Woo Keun-Min

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