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Petition to Ambassador Young-Jin Choi 주미 한국대사관 최영진 대사 (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA), Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), President Young-Ho Oh 대한무역투자진흥공사 오영호 사장 (President of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA, Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관, 인재근 민주당 국회의원, Minister Young Jin 보건 복지부 진 영 장관, Jae-Cheol Jeong 정재철 새누리당 상임고문, Mayor Won-Soon Park 서울특별시 박원순 시장, Mr. Jae-In Moon 민주당 문재인 국회의원, Speaker Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장, Mr. Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표, 이미경 민주당 국회의원, 박영선 민주당 국회의원, Young-Kyun Shin 신영균 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea), Minister Jeong-Bok Yoo 행정안전부 유정복 장관 (Minister of Public Administration and Security), Oh-Yeon Na 나오연 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea), Su-Han Kim 김수한 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea), Young-Hwan Kim 김용환 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea), Chairperson Sam-Yeol Koo 국가브랜드위원회 구삼열 위원장 (Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Branding), 박혜자 민주당 국회의원, 김영주 민주당 국회의원, Mr. Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표, Governor Keun-Min Woo 제주특별자치도 우근민 도지사, Minister Sang-Jick Yoon 산업통상자원부 윤상직 장관, President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령, Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관, Director Jin-Yung Woo 해외문화홍보원 우진영 원장, Minister Yoon-Sun Cho 여성가족부 조윤선 장관, President Jung-Haeng Kim 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 김정행 회장, Minister Kihl-Jae Ryoo 통일부 류길재 장관, Minister Kwan-Jin Kim 국방부 김관진 장관, Minister Ha-Nam Phang 고용노동부 방하남 장관, Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리, Minister Seoung-Hwan Suh 국토교통부 서승환 장관, Minister Nam-Soo Seo 교육부 서남수 장관, Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관, Deputy Prime Minister Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관, Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장, Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림수산식품부 이동필 장관, Secretary General Ki-Moon Ban 국제 연합 반기문 사무총장 (Secretary General of United Nations)

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

United Nations Secretary General  António Guterres and UN organizations: Sanction S. Korea for horrific cruelty of dog meat trade! Please watch this video:  http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q 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. http://koreandogs.org/ According to the 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 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):  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 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: http://youtu.be/uKCdAGfGOsQ http://youtu.be/cJnp87OSn58 http://youtu.be/wuZTUuyB484 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) 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 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/  

John Kim
55,982 supporters
Started 7 hours ago

Petition to Department of Environmental Conservation, United States Congress, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Ban Exposure and Killing (Hunting) of Animals to Kids Under 12

The time has arrived to review and revise the policy to allow the murder of animals in the forest to children under 12 in the guise of "hunting."  Nor should children under 12 ever be exposed to the dismemberment of animals killed in hunting. "Since the 1970"s, research has consistently reported childhood cruelty to animals as the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence, and criminal behavior. In fact, nearly all violent crime perpetrators have a history of animal cruelty in their profiles. Albert deSalvo, the Boston Strangler found guilty of killing 13 women, shot arrows through dogs and cats he trapped as a child. Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold boasted about mutilating animals for fun." J. Johnston, Psychology Today. "One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill and torture an animal and get away with it." Margaret Meade, Anthropologist.   "Identifying cases of animal abuse as soon as possible enhances the safety and well-being of children, animals, other family members and the community. Assess the seriousness of the situation: talk to the child and friends, teachers and classmates to try to uncover the child’s motivations. The incident could be exploratory, pathological, delinquent or criminal in nature or in response to mental health issues or reaction to trauma.  The child should be held accountable for the actions and made to appreciate empathy for the animal’s feelings. In more serious incidents, counseling, other professional intervention, referrals to other social services agencies, or the filing of criminal charges may be warranted. A child’s revelation of other family violence may require reporting to child protection officials, and to animal care & control officials for removal of the animals."  National Link Coalition studying the connection between animal abuse and human abuse. _______________________________________________ The state agencies that have regulated hunting such as Department of Environmental Protection are allegedly in bed with insurance companies to propagate false notions of "control" and "management" of nature in their devious bid to reduce their liabilities.  In our opinion, these entities seek to brainwash and program small children to enjoy killing animals at a young age with "young hunter programs" etc.  The age for hunting is lower and lower from state to state with many states not even possessing a hunter age limit.  And even though toddlers are not permitted to hunt, the hunters of legal age in the family bring home their kill for their toddlers to take pictures with and help dismember in an effort to prepare them to "live off the land" as they euphemistically describe the hunting culture. The FBI has recently determined that killing animals is a gateway activity to harming vulnerable adults and felonies in each state must be reported to the FBI for permanent record.   We therefore progressively request that no child under the age of 12 should ever be exposed to the killing of any animal including fish.  Children are desensitized to death and suffering.  Children are incapable of understanding the finality of death.  That just as sexual relations is an adult issue that minors should not be exposed to - neither should the dismemberment or "dressing" of a carcass killed by another family member be permitted in front a child.  This should be deemed child abuse and any family doing so should be reported to Child Protective Services.   End legalized animal abuse by children, and violence in this country will accordingly decrease.      

Kate Riviello
36 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Stephen Ostroff (Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Horseshoe Crabs are important, stop bleeding them dry: Find the Solution to Synthetic LAL Now!

I am known on Tumblr for my post about the importance of the Atlantic horseshoe crab--100,000+ shares strong.  But the importance of these incredible creatures cannot be captured in a few words on a social media website. The Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus Polyphemus) is considered by scientists to be a "living fossil," it is one of the only organisms that has survived without evolving since the age of the dinosaurs, 450 million years ago. They are also known as helmet crabs, and they are actually not all that closely related to crabs at all--they are genetically more closely related to spiders and scorpions, and they crawl around the surface of the ocean when they're not spawning on the shores of the East coast--most prominently on the Jersey Shore, Long Island, and Delaware, and even in the Gulf of Mexico.  Aside from their entire existence and history being prehistoric, so are their immune systems! Horseshoe crabs bleed blue (no, literally) because their blood is mostly made of copper--unlike that of humans--our blood is composed mostly of Iron.  Their blood, along with their really neat prehistoric immune system, contains a substance called LAL (Limulus amebocyte lysate), which coagulates around endotoxins and bacteria, detecting their presence. Since 1970, every pill, medical instrument or other tool used and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has undergone testing using horseshoe crab blood, which costs around $15,000 per quart.  These critters are super important to our health, but what about their health? When we extract their blood, we take around 1/3 of their blood cell count, and due to the old-fashioned nature of their circulatory system, it can take around 6 months for a single horseshoe crab to restore itself to its normal blood cell count levels. During the process of their "donation" to American medicine, it is estimated that 18% of horseshoe crabs die from blood loss and other complications related to the extraction process. While it is technically illegal to bleed the same crab twice (which is why they are often tagged by medical companies, to ensure that they don't re-collect that same crab,) it is still cruel to be taking these animals away from their homes and habitats, bleeding them out and leaving them to re-adjust their blood cell count. Their prehistoric immune systems and body processes cannot handle this, and because of this, their population remains in great danger.  Our scientific research and advancements in technology could certainly afford to find a synthetic solution to LAL. The health industry  knows the chemical composition of horseshoe crab blood, so why can't they make a synthetic version? If they can afford dozens of quarts of copper-based blue blood, they can afford a synthetic alternative to bleeding these friendly, awesome creatures dry.  I am urging you to sign this petition to ask the FDA and the EPA to work together to minimize the amount of horseshoe crabs who are bled annually, and to work more quickly and efficiently toward finding a synthetic alternative to horseshoe crab blood/LAL. Horseshoe crabs are not only a really cool connection to our prehistoric past, but they are friendly and wonderful animals who contribute great things to our aquatic ecosystems.  For more information, please visit the sources below. Sign and share!  Thank you,  Caitlin O'Connor   Sources: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/crash-a-tale-of-two-species-the-benefits-of-blue-blood/595/ http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/04/health/this-crabs-blood-could-save-your-life/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20593268 http://www.horseshoecrab.org/med/med.html

Caitlin O'Connor
32,668 supporters
Update posted 9 hours ago

Petition to Senator Diane Feinstein (U.S. Congress), President of the United States, Sally Jewell (Secretary of the Interior), U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Bring emergency shelter and shade to captive wild horses and burros

Urgent! Captive wild horses and burros need shade now as extreme summer weather hits! STOP the abuse! It's killing them. Heat waves are here! Captive icons of American freedom, wild horses & burros, were denied shade and shelter from extreme triple digit heat waves last summer and it's happening again. In the winter they will be forced to endure the freezing winds, snow, and icy rain, with only the muck (manure & urine) to lie down in--despite public outrage. Our living treasures will continue to suffer. . . The feds are at the epicenter of this scandalous roundup and removal attack against America's wild horses & burros. This cruelty in captivity must stop now! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the federal agency in charge of protecting wild horses and burros, ignores public outcry and performed "studies" on shade--despite offers to build shade structures at no cost to the feds. It's obvious captive wild horses need the basics of animal husbandry: food, shelter, water . . .  How can the feds be so cruel to deny them this? In the summer, the majority of captive wild horses are at risk of heat stroke and death because there is no shade during the hot summer months at Palomino Valley Center (Reno), Rock Springs (Wyoming) and other BLM holding facilities in the U.S.A.  In the winter it's worse . . . The BLM requires all adopters provide shade and shelter for adopted wild horses yet the agency neglects to provide the same for the thousands held captive in their care. On June 9, 2013 Nevada State Senator Mark Manendo and Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs officially requested shade for the wild horses and burros at Palomino Valley Center, near Reno and elsewhere to ensure the welfare of these treasured equids. Their request for shade was refused and the sprinkler mitigation offered was unsuccessful because shelter is needed. The American people are up in arms. We ask that you intervene to bring emergency shelter and shade to prevent the suffering and death of our American icons of freedom before it is too late. Baby foals will suffer extreme heat with no shade and in extreme cold and wind with no shelter. Trapped in the Palomino Valley corrals, up to 1800 wild horses and burros endure horrible heat waves during the summer and cold blizzards with no shelter. Their poor condition looks worse each day even though the BLM fattens them up so they are enticing to kill buyers, like Tom Davis, who sell wild horses to slaughter. What is the BLM doing? Avoiding responsibility and delaying aid. In winter captive wild horses & burros--as well as pregnant mares--will be forced to sleep in the wet muck of manure and urine with no shelter from the harsh elements near Reno, NV and elsewhere. We are counting on your compassion for our national treasures--the native wild horses and burros who need your help. They need your urgent attention to survive the extreme weather in the winter and summer--while they are held captive in the taxpayer funded corrals. They need #Shade4Mustangs and #Shelter4Mustangs & burros. We hope they can be returned to the wild someday soon but right now they are suffering in the pens. The wild horses and burros need your help. They deserve shade and shelter immediately. Please share this petition widely with your friends and family http://www.change.org/petitions/bring-emergency-shelter-and-shade-to-captive-wild-horses-and-burros Our goal is 110,000 signatures to show the BLM the public wants the cruelty to stop! Visit www.ProtectMustangs.org for more information

Protect Mustangs
44,706 supporters