Petitioning Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA Ambassador Young-Jin Choi 주미 한국대사관 최영진 대사 (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA) and 39 others

UNSG António Guterres & UN orgs: Sanction S. Korea for horrific cruelty of dog meat trade!


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United Nations Secretary General  António Guterres and UN organizations: Sanction S. Korea for horrific cruelty of dog meat trade!

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The $2 billion dollar-a-year South Korean dog and cat meat industry, which extinguishes the lives of approximately two and a half million dogs a year for meat or gaesoju, a dog wine or broth, and thousands of despised and doomed cats for so-called “health” tonics or goyangyeesoju, and soup, operates in a sordid and illicit world where farmers and butchers kill with frightening impunity in the most abominable fashion. Dogs are killed with high-voltage electrocution, which takes anywhere from thirty seconds to three minutes, hanged, and even beaten to death at the request of customers who believe the meat more tender and tastier the greater the suffering (one of the most pernicious of myths), and that the so-called medicinal properties are enhanced. They are most often killed within sight of their cage mates. They are then thrown into a tub of boiling water, often still alive, and then into a rotating drum for the removal of their fur, and finally blow torched. At Moran Market, South Korea’s largest open air-market for dog meat, dog carcasses are on display next to the cages of live dogs. Cats are often bludgeoned and thrown into boiling water while still alive. At the farms, dogs are fed germ-infested, rotting, and fermented human leftovers, a health risk to both the dogs and those who eat them. In South Korea, dogs and cats’ lives are short and ferociously heartless until they tremble no more at the hands of their slaughterers as cage mates look on.

According to the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA)'s comprehensive study on S. Korean dog meat industry,  "Using electric rods did not instantly kill the dog. First contact to electric rod did paralyze the dog but dogs were still conscious. In most cases, two to three contacts with electric rod will finally make the dog motionless. Duration of electrocution differed by slaughter houses. First contact is within two seconds, and follow-on contact required longer contacts. At some slaughterhouses with poor electricity system, the dog did not lose consciousness after using electric shock. Rather it tried to bite off the electric rod. It is one cruel episode that proved electrocution does not instantly kill the animal.  According to our research, electric shock is followed by plucking, where whole process took two to five minutes. Dogs can hardly be dead in such a short period of time. In such cases, dogs are paralyzed but still conscious to suffer from the pain of plucking and die." 

Here the plucking or removal of fur is done by throwing the dog often paralyzed and unable to move but still conscious into the boiling water and then into the rotating drum that removes the fur.  This is a terrifying and excruciating experience beyond imagination.

Sometimes unconscious but still alive dogs are blow torched to remove fur. 

You can see an evidence of this cruelty from this video of raid by a Korean TV broadcast company and an animal rights group in Korea called Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE):

Please also take a look at this video that shows the dogs being transported to Seongnam Moran market (the largest dog meat market in the country) during the pitch darkness of the night, taken one by one out of the cages where they were packed unable to move for many hours, electrocuted and thrown into boiling water.  Some of these dogs thrown into the boiling water could be still alive and able to feel the excruciating pain and terror of being boiled alive.  Click "CC" for English caption.  (At 6:17 this scene starts). 

According to the CARE's report from their year long undercover investigation last October (visiting total of 82 locations of dog meat farms, markets, slaughterhouses,..) of dog meat industry, FAQ #7,

"Electric shock brings extreme pain, and dogs often remain conscious throughout repeated applications.  It is known that in some cases, dogs stay perfectly conscious even when they are put in boiling water or hair removal machines."

Cruelty happens at all stages at South Korean dog meat industry.  Here are few videos showing the cruelty during the transport and at the market:

In addition to the unspeakable cruelty perpetrated dog meat trade is also a serious threat to human health.  Dog farms are hotbed for infectious diseases.  Since there is no disease control these dogs suffer from diseases from highly infectious and transmittable bacteria, virus, ectoparasites, endoparasites, and fungi.  Out of 165 dogs bred at a dog farm in Seoul area, 83 dogs(50.3%) were infected with endoparasites and 23 dogs(20.2%) were infected with heartworm. 

Puppies suffer from malnutrition because they are fed rotting food waste (infested with pests such as rats, cockroaches, flies..) after being weaned.  In order to hide from the law and civil complaints, most dog farms are located in remote areas where sun is scarce causing vitamin D (necessary for bone growth) deficiency. 

Locked in cages for months, dogs are bored and stressed from being packed with other dogs and constant stench. Stress hormone weakens their immune system and they become susceptible to hormonal diseases such as hyperadrenocorticism.

Antibiotics, antidiarrheal and steroid are used to control measles, parvovirus, various respiratory and digestive diseases but abuse of drugs led to tolerance against antibiotics and relevant innate problems.  In some cases, 10 times the normal doses were being administered by the farmers themselves without the supervision of veterinarian.

Large dose of heavy metal that accumulated in the organs and caused internal body malfunction is detected in dog meat.  Heavy metal is assumed to have been accumulated from eating leftover food waste and low-end feed (remains from slaughter houses).   Many serious and often life threatening diseases can be attributable to this  unsanitary and inhumane dog meat industry and they include animal bites and scratches, Bubonic Plague, Camphylobacter, Cutaneous larval migrans, Giardiasis, Lyme Disease, Psittacosis, Rabies, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Visceral Larva Migrans, Anthrax, Bebesiosis, Brucellosis, Colibacilosis,...  Read the extensive research report by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates)

South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 1 of 2 with English Caption:

South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 2 of 2 with English Caption:

There is no appropriate animal-protection legislation to prevent the animal cruelty currently taking place in South Korea. As someone who believes strongly that animals should not be treated in this way, I request that UN organizations investigate and address this issue immediately.  Please sanction South Korean government until they strengthen the Animal Protection Law to prevent animal cruelty and to introduce basic animal-protection regulations. It must also provide penalties for violations and ensure that mistreated animals can be legally seized from abusers and given immediate refuge.  I request that UN organizations insist South Korean Government to create an enforceable law to ban the torture, killing, sale, and consumption of dogs and cats.  Please don’t let the South Korean government get away with this outrageous cruelty to companion animals.
Thank you for your attention and kind consideration.


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  • Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA
    Ambassador Young-Jin Choi 주미 한국대사관 최영진 대사 (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
  • President of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
    President Young-Ho Oh 대한무역투자진흥공사 오영호 사장 (President of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA
  • Ministry of Environment
    Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관
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  • Ministry for Health & Welfare
    Minister Young Jin 보건 복지부 진 영 장관
  • Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea
    Jae-Cheol Jeong 정재철 새누리당 상임고문
  • Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Mayor Won-Soon Park 서울특별시 박원순 시장
  • Leader of Democratic Party (Opposition Party) of S. Korea
    Mr. Jae-In Moon 민주당 문재인 국회의원
  • Speaker of the National Assembly of S. Korea
    Speaker Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장
  • Leader of the Democratic Party of S. Korea
    Mr. Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표
  • Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)
    이미경 민주당 국회의원
  • Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)
    박영선 민주당 국회의원
  • Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea
    Young-Kyun Shin 신영균 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea)
  • Minister of Public Administration and Security
    Minister Jeong-Bok Yoo 행정안전부 유정복 장관 (Minister of Public Administration and Security)
  • Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea
    Oh-Yeon Na 나오연 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea)
  • Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea
    Su-Han Kim 김수한 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea)
  • Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea
    Young-Hwan Kim 김용환 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea)
  • Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Branding
    Chairperson Sam-Yeol Koo 국가브랜드위원회 구삼열 위원장 (Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Branding)
  • Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)
    박혜자 민주당 국회의원
  • Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)
    김영주 민주당 국회의원
  • Leader of the Saenuri Party of S. Korea
    Mr. Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표
  • Governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
    Governor Keun-Min Woo 제주특별자치도 우근민 도지사
  • Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy
    Minister Sang-Jick Yoon 산업통상자원부 윤상직 장관
  • Office of the president, the Republic of Korea
    President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령
  • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관
  • Director of Korean Culture and Information Service
    Director Jin-Yung Woo 해외문화홍보원 우진영 원장
  • Minister of Gender Equality and Family
    Minister Yoon-Sun Cho 여성가족부 조윤선 장관
  • President of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics
    President Jung-Haeng Kim 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 김정행 회장
  • Minister of Unification
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    Minister Kwan-Jin Kim 국방부 김관진 장관
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  • Prime Minister's Office of Republic of Korea
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    Minister Nam-Soo Seo 교육부 서남수 장관
  • Minister of Justice
    Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance
    Deputy Prime Minister Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관
  • Minister of Korea Food And Drug Safety
    Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
  • Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림수산식품부 이동필 장관
  • Secretary General of United Nations
    Secretary General Ki-Moon Ban 국제 연합 반기문 사무총장 (Secretary General of United Nations)

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