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

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

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John Kim started this petition to 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

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

Please watch this video: https://koreandogs.org/horrible-reality-of-meat-dog-farms-you-did-not-know/

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 to remove 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. https://koreandogs.org/

According to Korea, Animal Rights Advocates (KARA)'s comprehensive study on S. Korean dog meat industry http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/KARA-Dog-Meat-Report_English-1.pdf,  "Using electric rods did not instantly kill the dog. First contact with an electric rod did paralyze the dog, but dogs were still conscious. In most cases, two to three contacts with an electric rod will finally make the dog motionless. Duration of electrocution differed by slaughterhouses. First contact is within two seconds, and follow-on contact requires longer contacts. After using electric shock, the dog did not lose consciousness at some slaughterhouses with poor electricity systems. Rather it tried to bite off the electric rod. One cruel episode proved electrocution does not instantly kill the animal.  According to our research, electric shock is followed by plucking, which takes two to five minutes. Dogs can hardly be dead in such a short period. 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 evidence of this cruelty from this video of a raid by a Korean TV broadcast company and an animal rights group in Korea called Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE):  http://youtu.be/ldblUoQ2tvo.

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.  http://youtu.be/vHB3uwB9kyA  (At 6:17, this scene starts). 

According to the CARE's report from their year-long undercover investigation last October (visiting a total of 82 locations of dog meat farms, markets, slaughterhouses,..) of the 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 in the South Korean dog meat industry.  Here are a few videos showing the brutality during the transport and at the market:




In addition to the unspeakable cruelty perpetrated dog meat trade is also a severe threat to human health.  Dog farms are hotbeds for infectious diseases.  Since there is no disease control, these dogs suffer from highly contagious and transmittable bacteria, viruses, ectoparasites, endoparasites, and fungi.  Out of 165 dogs bred at a dog farm in the 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.  To hide from the law and civil complaints, most dog farms are located in remote areas where the sun is scarce, causing deficiency in vitamin D (necessary for bone growth). 

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

Antibiotics, antidiarrheal, and steroids 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 regular doses were being administered by the farmers themselves without the supervision of a veterinarian.

A large dose of heavy metal 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 slaughterhouses).   Many severe 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, Campylobacter, Cutaneous larval migrains, Giardiasis, Lyme Disease, Psittacosis, Rabies, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Visceral Larva Migrans, Anthrax, Babesiosis, Brucellosis, Colibacillosis,...  Read the extensive research report by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates) http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/KARA-Dog-Meat-Report_English-1.pdf.

South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 1 of 2 with English Caption: http://youtu.be/vHB3uwB9kyA

South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 2 of 2 with English Caption: http://youtu.be/foHCBNllT8w

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 the 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.


For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/unsg-guterres/


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