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Petition to South Korean Government, President Moon Jae-In

President Moon Jae-In: Please stop the torture and consumption of dogs and cats in Korea.

Our goal is 300,000 signatures. Please sign and share for the Korean dogs and cats.  For more actions you can take please visit: Thank you!  Dear President Moon Jae-In and the South Korean Government, Please watch this documentary: I am extremely upset about the torture and consumption of companion animals in South Korea.  With the ubiquity of social medias, every day we are seeing shocking and heartbreaking images and videos of innocent dogs being tortured and killed in your country. Even though Korea has established an Animal Protection Law for companion animals, dogs are still beaten, hung, electrocuted, and treated brutally by farmers and slaughters. Also, dogs and cats are still being beaten and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which do not have medical properties except in the minds of ignorant and gullible customers. These practices have no place in the modern world. Other Asian countries have banned the eating of dog meat and the cruel industry that goes with it, such as Taiwan and the Philippines. Why does Korea persist in lagging behind these countries and other civilized societies? It’s the responsibility of the Korean government to once and for all end the cruel dog meat and cat medicine industries in Korea. It is time to dismiss the childish myths and propaganda surrounding these industries and their vile products. It is time to leave behind backward and unnecessary traditions. And it is time for Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and show that it really does have a compassionate and ethical society. That means it is time for the Korean government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a proper manner. Until these things are done, Korea’s reputation in the international community will continue to suffer. Its citizens will continue to face shame and embarrassment. And Korea will continue to be regarded as “third world,” despite its modernization and attempts at globalized thinking. From now on, I will boycott Korean products, and I will not support Korean companies or visit Korea until the abuse of cats and dogs has finally ended. Yours sincerely, [Korean] 문재인 대통령님과 대한민국정부에게: 잔인무도한 개, 고양이 식용을 즉각 중지해주세요! 다음의 동영상을 봐주시기 바랍니다. 저는 대한민국에서는 반려동물을 고문하고 잡아먹는다는 사실을 접하고 엄청난 충격을 받았습니다. 산재해 있는 소셜 미디어를 통해서 한국에 있는 아무런 죄 없는 개들이 고문 당하고 죽임 당하는 끔찍하고 가슴 아픈 장면이 담긴 사진과 동영상을 매순간 접하고 있습니다. 비록 한국이 반려동물에 대한 동물보호법을 제정했지만 개들은 여전히 개농장 주인과 도살업자에게 구타당하고, 목 매달리고, 감전되고, 잔인하게 취급 당하고 있습니다. 또 보약이라는 미명하에 아직도 개와 고양이를 산채로 끓는 물에 집어넣고 있습니다. 아무런 의학적 효과가 증명된 바 없음에도 불구하고 무지하고 잘 속아넘어가는 사람들은 여전히 효험이 있다고 믿고 있습니다. 이러한 관행은 오늘날 어디에서도 찾아볼 수 없는 일입니다. 대만이나 필리핀 같은 다른 아시아 국가들은 이미 개고기와 개고기 관련 산업을 금지시켰습니다. 한국이 왜 이러한 나라들이나 다른 문명 사회보다 뒤쳐진 채로 남아있는지 이해할 수가 없습니다. 한국에서 이 잔인하기 짝이 없는 개고기 산업과 고양이로 만든 보약 산업을 영원히 근절시키는 것은 대한민국 정부의 책임입니다. 이와 관련된 산업과 혐오식품을 둘러싼 어리석은 괴담과 주장을 떨쳐버릴 때입니다. 낙후되고 불필요한 전통은 과감히 버릴 때입니다. 그리고 동물복지 문제를 심각하게 받아들여서 한국 사회가 자비롭고 윤리적인 사회라는 것을 보여줄 때입니다. 즉, 한국 정부가 대중들에게 반려동물의 중성화의 중요성, 유기금지, 동물에 대한 적절한 취급에 대해 더 나은 교육을 시작할 때라는 뜻입니다. 그렇지 않으면 한국은 국제사회에서 계속해서 나쁜 평판을 이어가게 될 것입니다. 한국 국민들 역시 수치와 곤란함을 겪게 될 겁니다. 한국이 근대화되었고 국제화된 사고를 도입하려 함에도 불구하고 여전히 “제3세계 후진국가”로 인식될 것입니다. 저는 개와 고양이에 대한 학대가 한국에서 완전히 사라지기 전까지 한국 제품을 구매하지 않을 것이고 한국 회사를 이용하거나 한국을 방문하지 않을 것입니다. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- For the translation of this petition in Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Hungarian, visit: Team
226,650 supporters
Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Mueller Home Owners Association, Mueller Mixed-Use Community Association

Repeal Pitbull Ban in Mueller Austin

This petition seeks to repeal regulation K-2 of the Mueller Mixed-Use Community Association Rules and Regulations, which prohibits residents from owning bully and pitbull dogs. The prohibition of pitbulls and pitbull mixes promotes the disproven notion that pitbulls are a dangerous “breed,” and also undermines community wellness and equity. First and foremost, prohibiting a specific breed of dog is illegal according to Texas state law. Texas has enacted the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), a legislation that bans local discrimination against specific dog breeds. Section 822.047 of the legislation states that counties and municipalities may not ban any breed of dog. 822.047. LOCAL REGULATION OF DANGEROUS DOGS. A county or municipality may place additional requirements or restrictions on dangerous dogs if the requirements or restrictions:(1) are not specific to one breed or several breeds of dogs; and(2) are more stringent than restrictions provided by this subchapter.  The idea that the pitbull “breed” by nature exhibits aggressive behavior is false because the term “pitbull” does not refer to a single bully breed but rather a variety of bully and non-bully breeds. The term “pitbull” first appeared in 1884 to describe a set of physical characteristics (not aggressive behaviors) shared by several breeds of dog. Most “pitbulls” are in fact pure or mixed breeds of American Staffodshire terriers, dogo argentine and Staffordshire bull terriers, and boxers, all of which are not banned by the Mueller HOA. This means that dogs labeled as “pitbulls” are often not actually bully breeds but rather non-aggressive breeds with the physical appearance of a bully breed.  Even if a pitbull mix were to carry bully breed ancestry, all dogs regardless of make and breed can behave non-aggressively with proper training. The American Kennel Club points out that the Bull Terrier over decades of selective breeding, is no longer a “gladiator” breed but instead a “mild, playful companion with a special feel for kids.” Pitbulls rescued and properly socialized during and after Hurricane Katrina showed little to no signs of aggression but dogs of all breeds abandoned in the hurricane ruins became feral and vicious. Any person who has lived in or visited a third world country, especially in rural zones, has run from aggressive feral dogs in all shapes and sizes. From ornamental small dogs to large lab-retriever mixes, every dog without proper socialization is potentially vicious and aggressive. Finally, the vast majority of dogs rescued by Austin’s municipal animal shelter have some visible pitbull appearance. To prohibit the adoption of pitbull mixes is to prohibit the adoption of low-cost rescued dogs. Removing access to rescued mixed breed dogs forces Mueller residents to look to breeders to acquire dogs. Buying pure-breed animals is historically associated with elitism and discrimination against poor families. Forcing residents to buy dogs from breeders a) discriminates against low-income families who cannot afford the high costs pure-breed dogs, and b) promotes the cruel practice of forcing dogs to inbreed and maintain crippling genetic defects. Eliminating access to the vast majority of rescue dogs promotes a legacy of classism and animal cruelty that is not consistent with the desires of Austin’s residents.

Amy Gu
804 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Liz Hausmann, Bob Ellis, Lee Morris, Natalie Hall, Marvin Arrington, Emma Darnell

New Animal Shelter for Fulton County Georgia

CALL TO ACTION: GIVE FULTON ANIMALS AND STAFF A SAFE, NEW SHELTER Fulton County is the most populous county in the state of Georgia and a home to more than 8,000 stray animals in any given year. The current Fulton County animal shelter was built in 1978 and was designed to hold 80 animals a time. The animals were not meant to leave the shelter alive. Animal officers would patrol areas and respond to public calls regarding situations involving strays. If the animal was taken to the shelter, it was euthanized within 3 days. At the time, the Fulton County Shelter killed 54% of the animals that entered it’s doors. Fast forward to 2018. The situation has evolved. The shelter was taken over by a wonderful organization, LifeLine, and saw it’s life saving rates skyrocket while intake numbers grew. Today, the Fulton County Animal is home to ~ 400 dogs and boasts an amazing August  2018 life saving rate of 87%. Unfortunately, the animals are still housed in the same facility. To reiterate, the shelter designed for 80 dogs now holds close to 400. Intake numbers are even more staggering, as they hover at more than 8,000 animals per year. The shelter is beyond bursting at the seams. The staff and volunteers at LifeLine continue to charge forward to get as many animals as they can adopted into the right homes and out to rescues. No shelter wants to euthanize. County shelters are required to pick up any strays reported and take in all animals surrendered. This creates overcrowding in such a tiny facility. Volunteers work hard to improve the facility through initiatives such as repainting the building. The staff runs several programs to get the animals exposure outside of the shelter to increase likelihood of adoption. However, the county isn’t doing their part to provide what is truly needed, an adequate facility. Modest efforts have been made to keep up with the building and improve its situation such as adding more cat and dog crates and putting up a metal shed for the food and metal trash cans to store treats . . . the shelter remains dark, dirty, wet, and malodorous. The VERY outdated facility’s long list of issues includes: Pest Infestation | Rats run through employee offices, pee on staff's desks, and steal food from the shelter animals. Maggots routinely fall through the ceiling onto the employees desks. Inadequate Housing Capacity | The shelter is forced to house 8-12 dogs in the large kennels at any given time. The dog area was built with 30 “runs”, a brick and chain linked dog cells that are 4.58 ft x 32 ft long SPLIT in half by a metal dog door on a wire. Each “half” contains anywhere from 4 to 6 dogs at a time. There are two others that are 4.58 ft by 14ft that they use for shy dogs paired together and another 12 used for severe medical cases and mommas with babies. The shelter has also added 126 old metal crates used for intake, medical issues, dogs that can’t be in shared living spaces and brand new dogs acclimating to the harsh reality that is the life of a shelter tenant. This is all within walls of a facility that was designed to hold 80 animals a time and it’s one room so the noise and smell is unbearable... Kennel Cough & Quarantine Issues | Many of the dogs suffer from Kennel Cough not too long after entering the building. The shelter has battled multiple Giardia outbreaks in the past 6 months.  It's impossible to quarantine appropriately when they are all in one large room. The dark atmosphere creates a huge issue. Poor Building Design | The shelter is essentially a small, rundown warehouse that gets hosed down twice a day with a drainage system running through each multi-dog kennel. This means the water and germs run through each and every large kennel through the shallow drain.  It's so overcrowded that it's impossible to really scrub each space clean.   Standing Water | Outside areas hold standing water rendering parking spots and the dog play yards useless. Additionally, the water seeps into the building and contributes to unsanitary conditions. Inaccessibility | The shelter is right around a sharp corner with a very difficult turn. A metal plate accompanied by unclear warning signs blocks the shelter’s entrance and makes the shelter’s parking lot nearly inaccessible to staff and visitors. Lack of SAFE space outside the shelter to walk the animals | There is no easy access to a walkable path for animals who desperately need a break from the shelter life. Current staff/volunteers have to run across a multi-lane street with no crosswalk, dodging trucks that are going 50mph, just to get to the closest walkable area (Howell Station neighborhood).   While LifeLine continues on with it’s lifesaving mission, further progress is simply not achievable without a new facility. The shelter needs separate rooms to help stop the spread of things like kennel cough, several more kennel spaces for dogs, multiple play yards with more space, and improved conditions. The county needs a facility that provides the appropriate layout to continue saving, rehabilitating, and adopting out animals. Today, as it stands, the current building is a disgrace. Despite Lifesaving work of the staff, animals will get euthanized for space.  Even more concerning is that the lack of space puts the employees in difficult situations and impairs LifeLine from doing even better. The employee turn-over rate is high and most of it is attributed to the condition of the facility and the stress it causes on the employees.  Imagine coming to work to find rat feces on your desk, rats eating through any food/ snacks you may have brought to work . . . and then watching so many great dogs decline because of the facility, knowing that no matter how much hard work you put in the physical constraints imposed by the facility work against you.   It’s not practical to continue treating, spaying/ neutering, feeding and caring for the large number of animals that are highly adoptable yet in a structure that isn’t appealing to potential adopters. The smelly, noisy, rodent ran environment turns several people away on a regular basis. The work LifeLine does with Atlanta’s strays EASILY turns them from unwanted to adoptable and desirable. The facility’s lack of appeal, complete lack of appropriate space, unhealthy structural environment, crumbling infrastructure, and unsavory location are a shame on our County. The Fulton County Animal Shelter is county owned meaning it’s a service provided to our county with our tax dollars. The work LifeLine does with our animals is impressive!  We owe the staff, volunteers, and Fulton county's animals an appropriate and healthy facility. We need a housing facility/ shelter that can properly address both medical and behavioral conditions in animals and provide treatment in clean, well ventilated setting that is designed to meet the needs of the animals and the people working with them. It's EXTREMELY important that we have a facility that invites potential adopters and volunteers.   Infrastructure is our biggest constraint and the main impediment to lives of innocent animals who cannot advocate for them themselves. WE ARE THEIR HOPE, THEIR VOICE.  Please sign the petition to make their voice heard. Your signature will help us make a case for the Fulton County Government allocation of emergency funds for a new shelter.   UPDATE: Fulton County is Debating Funding for a New Shelter The Fulton County district commissioners are trying to agree on whether or not a new Fulton County Shelter will fit in the budget. Please take a moment, call your district, speak to an assistant and urge them to let the commissioners know you feel this is an URGENT NEED and that we need a BRAND NEW facility (the current one is not recoverable). Use this link to find your district representative and their contact information: Thank you for your support!   Additional Resources:  Schedule of Meetings for Fulton County Commissioners where you can voice your concern  #adoptdontshop #pawlivesmatter #adoptable #shelterdogs #sheltercats #healthyworkenvironment #healthyshelterenvironment #FultonCountyCommissioners #fultoncountygeorgia #atlanta #georgia #buckhead #midtown #atlanticstation #poncecitymarket #eastatlantavillage #edgewood #downtownatlanta #peachtreestreet #piedmontpark #robbpitts #lizhausmann #bobellis #leemorris #nataliehall #marvinsarrington #emmaldarnell #vote

Kalisa Wade
30,261 supporters