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Petition to County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III of Prince George’s County

Tell Friendship City, Cheonan, S. Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please click here: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-cheonan-south-korea-prince-georges-county-maryland/ County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III of Prince George’s County: Tell Friendship City, Cheonan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Prince George’s County has become Friendship City with Cheonan, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Prince George’s County would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Cheonan citizens, we feel certain that your county  would have hesitated to form such a Friendship City relationship had your county known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Cheonan and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Cheonan there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Friendship City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Cheonan Mayor Bon-Yeong Gu to take action, and to state that Prince George’s County and its citizens demand that Cheonan issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Friendship cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Cheonan, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your county’s Friendship City relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested.

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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to South Korean Government, Dr. Pyo Changwon

South Korean Government:Please stop the torture and consumption of dogs and cats in Korea.

Our goal is 200K signatures. Please sign and share for the Korean dogs and cats.  For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/president-moon-end-dmt/ Thank you!  Dear Dr. Pyo Changwon and the South Korean Government, Please watch these videos: Shocking Cruelty of South Korean Dog Meat Industry http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Documentary trailer: Man bites dog in South Korea https://youtu.be/9SKVdNrfIZo 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. With the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games being hosted in Pyeongchang, I would ask that you do all in your power to stop this barbarism and cruelty as the world’s attention will be on South Korea both before and during the events. 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] 표창원 국회의원님과 대한민국정부 : 잔인무도한 개, 고양이 식용을 즉각 중지해주세요! 다음의 동영상을 봐주시기 바랍니다. http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q https://youtu.be/9SKVdNrfIZo 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. 평창에서 개최되는 2018년 동계 올림픽 게임이 다가오고 있습니다. 이 행사 전과 과정 중에 전 세계의 관심이 한국에 집중될 터인데 아무쪼록 이 야만적이고 잔인한 관습에 종지부를 찍을 수 있도록 온 힘을 다해주시기를 요청드립니다. 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: http://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/contacts-for-protest/sample-protest-letter/  

KOREANDOGS.ORG Activists
160,119 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Dario Nardella, Mayor Dario Nardella

Tell Friendship City, Jeonju,Korea, That We’re Opposed to Torture/Consumption of Dogs/Cats

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-jeonju-south-korea-florence-italy/ Mayor Dario Nardella of Florence: Tell Friendship City, Jeonju, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Dario Nardella, sindaco di Firenze, Italia: dica alla città amica di Jeonju, Corea del Sud, che ci opponiamo alla tortura e consumo di cani e gatti. (Scroll down for the full Italian translation) Florence has become Friendship City with Jeonju, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Florence would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Jeonju citizens, we feel certain that the your city would have hesitated to form such a Friendship City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Jeonju and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. Jeonju is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. If you have ever wondered what hell would be like, just visit the dog slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants scattered all throughout Jeonju. There are countless dog slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea:  http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Please inform Jeonju Mayor Seung-Su Kim that citizens of Florence and their friends insist that they issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the goal of Friendship cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Jeonju, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your city’s Friendship city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested. Thank you for taking swift action! -------------------------------------------------------------------- Dario Nardella, sindaco di Firenze, Italia: dica alla città amica di Jeonju, Corea del Sud, che ci opponiamo alla tortura e consumo di cani e gatti. Città di Firenze, e’ necessario rendervi consapevoli dell' illegale ed immorale commercio della carne di cane e gatto, problematica da considerare nell'ambito del vostro patto di amicizia sottoscritto con la città di Jeongju,  in Sud Corea. Vi chiediamo di agire, dare il buon esempio, e lavorare con noi per poter mettere fine a tutto questo. La Corea del Sud è la sede di aziende globali, come Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK e POSCO, motivo per cui è davvero scioccante il fatto che un numero stimato di 2,5 milioni di cani venga torturato e macellato ogni anno in questo paese per l'avidità dei consumatori e dell'industria della carne di cane mentre la maggior parte di questi ultimi, che non partecipa fattivamente a questo commercio offensivo, mostra una profonda indifferenza e non interviene per fermare questa vergogna. Sappiamo quanto siano leali e fedeli i cani di tutto il mondo, e proprio per questo chiediamo loro molto. Ci aiutano in innumerevoli modi: in fattoria, in guerra, in polizia e nel servizio di guardia, nella ricerca e nel salvataggio, nell'aiuto ai disabili, nella guida e nella difesa, e, naturalmente, come compagni amorevoli e fidati. I primi cani sono stati addomesticati molte migliaia di anni fa, ed è tale e tanta la loro voglia di far parte della famiglia ‘umana’ che hanno imparato a capire i nostri gesti e la nostra lingua: la lingua di un'altra specie, segno quindi di una notevole prontezza ed intelligenza. Jeonju conta innumerevoli allevamenti di cani, macelli, mercati e ristoranti in cui i cani, torturati per tutta la vita, finiscono per essere macellati nei modi più inumani, quali l'elettrocuzione, l'impiccagione o le percosse, e poi buttati in acqua bollente, spesso ancora vivi. In molte località, i cani vengono uccisi davanti ad altri cani rinchiusi in gabbia e terrorizzati, e tutto questo all'aperto e alla luce del giorno. Inoltre, molti animali domestici, rubati e abbandonati, finiscono vittime di questo commercio, e sono soggetti alla stessa crudeltà. Le chiediamo di guardare questo video effettuato sotto copertura da alcuni attivisti per i diritti degli animali in Corea del Sud: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q La Corea del Sud ha sì emanato leggi contro la vendita di cani e gatti per il consumo umano delle loro carni, tuttavia queste vengono costantemente e manifestamente ignorate. Le chiediamo di invitare il Sindaco di Jeongju, Seung-Su Kim ad agire, e di affermare che Firenze ed i suoi cittadini chiedono che Jeongju  emetta un documento ufficiale in cui si richiede il rafforzamento da parte del governo, della polizia e della magistratura delle seguenti leggi vigenti in Corea del Sud: La lavorazione non autorizzata dei rifiuti alimentari somministrati ai cani coinvolti nel commercio della loro carne rappresenta una violazione dell'art. 15-2 e dell'art. 25, § 3 della legge sudcoreana sulla gestione dei rifiuti. I fornitori e i trasportatori di rifiuti alimentari destinati agli allevamenti di cani violano questa legge. La somministrazione di rifiuti alimentari ai cani coinvolti nel commercio della loro carne rappresenta una violazione dell'art. 14, §§ 1 e 2 della legge sudcoreana sulla gestione dell'alimentazione del bestiame e della fauna ittica. La raccolta non autorizzata di rifiuti alimentari e la relativa somministrazione ai cani coinvolti nel commercio della loro carne violano questa legge. Gli escrementi e i danni ambientali risultanti, quali sottoprodotti degli allevamenti illegali di cani rappresentano una violazione dell'art. 11 della legge sudcoreana sulla gestione e l'impiego degli escrementi del bestiame. Gli escrementi prodotti negli allevamenti di cani causano danni ambientali nell'area in cui si trova l'allevamento e nelle immediate vicinanze. L'attività di macellazione dei cani per il consumo umano delle loro carni rappresenta una violazione dell'art. 8, § 1, clausola 4 della legge sudcoreana sulla protezione degli animali. L'uccisione di un cane senza giustificabile motivo – quindi al di là della necessità dovuta ad un trattamento veterinario, o a circostanze di minaccia, pericolo o danno immediati per la vita umana o per la proprietà, è una violazione di questa legge. La macellazione dei cani mediante elettrocuzione rappresenta una violazione dell'art. 8, § 1, clausola 1 della legge sudcoreana sulla protezione degli animali. Chi provoca lesioni o la morte a un animale con i seguenti mezzi: percosse, esposizione a droghe, esposizione a calore estremo o al fuoco, elettrocuzione o annegamento è condannato ad una pena. Pertanto, l'abituale macellazione dei cani da parte di macellai e allevatori con questi metodi rappresenta una violazione di questa legge. Inoltre, l'elettrocuzione adottata come pratica di macellazione è riconosciuta a livello internazionale come metodo intrinsecamente crudele, ed è quindi proibita in tutto il mondo. La macellazione dei cani in macelli non autorizzati è una violazione dell'art. 7 § 1 della legge sudcoreana sul controllo sanitario dei prodotti provenienti da bestiame. Questa legge afferma che i cani sono ufficialmente riconosciuti e classificati come “animali la cui macellazione e distribuzione sotto forma di cibo per il consumo umano è proibita”. Per questo motivo, coloro che gestiscono i macelli per cani operano al di fuori dei parametri della legge e in violazione della stessa. La macellazione dei cani ai fini del consumo delle loro carni è una violazione dell'art. 10 della legge sudcoreana sulla protezione degli animali. L'intento di questa legge è garantire che gli animali non vengano macellati in maniera cruenta e disgustosa, né provando dolore, paura o stress inutili durante la macellazione. L'unica modalità umana per macellare i cani sarebbe quindi l'eutanasia (iniezione letale). Tutti i metodi di macellazione correntemente praticati da macellai, allevatori e commercianti escludono l'eutanasia, per cui essi violano tutti questa legge. Ciò rappresenta anche una violazione dell'art. 7 § 1 clausola 2 della legge sudcoreana sul controllo sanitario dei prodotti provenienti da bestiame. Secondo questa legge infatti, la macellazione per il consumo umano è consentita solamente per gli animali ufficialmente definiti e classificati come bestiame ai sensi della legge sudcoreana sul controllo sanitario dei prodotti provenienti da bestiame, e i cani non sono compresi in tale definizione. L'esposizione e la vendita delle carcasse di cane nei mercati tradizionali all'aperto rappresentano una violazione degli artt. 4, 5 della legge sudcoreana sull'igiene alimentare. Vengono inoltre violate le leggi che proibiscono la vendita di cibo nocivo per contaminazione dovuto ad una macellazione insalubre e illegale dell'animale, e all'esposizione della relativa carcassa. Ad esempio, le carcasse dei cani sono di norma contaminate da microorganismi che provocano l'insorgenza di malattie e avvelenamento da cibo, con conseguente rischio di complicazioni gravi e pericolose. La Corea del Sud vanta inoltre leggi severe che proibiscono la vendita della carne di animali malati, in quanto questa non è soggetta a controlli di qualità o a monitoraggi formali delle pratiche di macellazione; nel commercio della carne di cane, è molto probabile che queste leggi vengano violate abitualmente. La preparazione della zuppa di carne di cane, servita presso i ristoranti che propongono abitualmente specialità di questo tipo, viene preparata con carcasse di cani di origine ignota, e rappresenta una violazione dell'art. 44, § 1 clausola 1 della legge sudcoreana sull'igiene alimentare. I prodotti ottenuti da bestiame non ispezionato non devono essere trasportati, conservati, esposti, venduti o utilizzati per la produzione o la lavorazione di alimenti per il consumo umano. La preghiamo a questo proposito di consultare le informazioni legali riguardanti il consumo della carne di cane in Corea del Sud pubblicate dai KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ Crediamo che queste richieste siano in linea con lo spirito e gli obiettivi del patto d’ amicizia fra città per il consolidamento di una comunicazione cordiale nei settori del turismo, del commercio, degli scambi culturali e della salute pubblica. La copertura a livello internazionale del brutale commercio della carne di cane e di gatto effettuato in Corea del Sud ha disonorato Jeongju, l' immagine della Corea del Sud e gravemente offuscato i rapporti della città amica con la Sua. Il momento per porre fine a questa tragedia è adesso. La preghiamo gentilmente di rispondere alla presente lettera. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- To learn more about our campaign, visit: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-jeonju-south-korea-florence-italy/ http://koreandogs.org/

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Petition to Mayor Richard Kerr of Adelanto

Tell Sister City, Hadong-gun,Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs/Cats.

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-hadong-gun-south-korea-adelanto-california/ Mayor Richard Kerr of Adelanto: Tell Sister City, Hadong-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Adelanto has become Sister City with Hadong-gun, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Adelanto would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Hadong-gun citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Sister City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Hadong-gun and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Hadong-gun, there are countless restaurants that serve dog meat from dogs who are tortured their entire lives and who end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging, or beating; and then are thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Sister City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Hadong-gun Mayor Youn Sang-Ki to take action, and to state that Adelanto and its citizens demand that Hadong-gun issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):  http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Hadong-gun, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested.

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