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Petition to Li-Dog , Huntington Town Council, Huntington Greenway Trails Advisory, Huntington Town Board, Huntington Hecksher Park, Betty Allen Twin Ponds Nature Park, Chad Lupinacci, Mark Cuthbertson

Let's Make Huntington Hecksher Park a Dog-Friendly Park - Allow Leashed Friendly Dogs!

Let's Make Huntington Hecksher Park a Dog-Friendly Park! Surprisingly, unlike nearby dog-friendly Northport Harbor, Huntington Heckscher Park does not benefit from a dog-friendly environment. Huntington Hecksher does NOT allow leashed dogs. Recently, unaware Huntingtonians with leashed dogs have been harassed by Hecksher's patrolling staff warning and asking them to leave if they bring leashed dogs. Huntington is a town proud of its tradition of inclusivity and Hecksher Park should reflect that belief. Non-profit LI-Dogs said, “The leashed dogs policy works well in Northport, not to mention thousands of other busy community parks around the country, and there’s no reason to think Heckscher Park should be different.” Because dogs aren’t allowed at Hecksher, the park wastes tax payer money, since it is virtually empty when there aren’t events. Walking dogs keep Huntington's tax paying citizens and their dogs healthy and also discourages geese from coming up on the pathways, which could keep the pathways free of goose droppings, a health hazard for the children and adults who visit Heckscher. Because of the messy goose excrement, an attendant at Hecksher is unnecessarily tasked each day with washing down the pathways, another waste of money. These geese have had preference over Huntington's local dog community for long enough. Northport Harbor Park has allowed leashed dogs for years and is very busy with happy dog owners walking their dogs and enjoying the events at the park. The addition of leashed dogs provides a family friendly environment, increases tourism, good will, charm, and publicity. See NY Times article on Northport Harbor:  “the bustle of joggers and dogwalkers on the 1.2-mile walk from their house to the harbor…‘It was just what we were looking for.’” 

Karen Thomas
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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Moon Jaein, FILA, FILA USA, FILA Korea, FILA Corporation, FILA Corp

Boycott South Korean Dog and Cat Meat Cruelty! Boycott FILA!

For more actions you can take, please click here: BOYCOTT CRUELTY! BOYCOTT KOREA! STOP THE KOREAN DOG MEAT TRADE!보이콧 동물학대! 보이콧 대한민국! 대한민국은 개식용을 중지하라! Please watch! In South Korea, the dog meat industry is calculated at 2 billion dollars. That results in the annual slaughter of over 2.5 million dogs, served in upwards of 20,000 restaurants nationwide. That's about 7,000 dogs slaughtered every single day. It is estimated that over 100,000 tons of dog meat is consumed annually, including 93,600 tons used to produce ‘health’ tonics called "Gae Soju" which is prepared by boiling dogs with various herbs until it become a thick liquid. Cats are also made into these tonics which is called "Goyangyee Soju". The South Korean's Animal Protection Law, which was passed in 1991, considers dogs to be "domestic pets". However, the shadowy and illicit world of the dog and cat industry flourishes because of the shameful indifference of the South Korean government and the demand from the consumers. Today, we are asking that the South Korean government ban this cruel and inhumane practice of torturing and consuming dogs and cats once and for all. Here are the reasons why: Dogs are called man's best friends for a reason. In the history of mankind, dogs were mainly treated as part of a family in both Western and Eastern cultures. They protected our homes and family with their loyalty and unbridled faithfulness. They served as friends with their unconditional love, quick forgiveness and uncompromising selflessness. They walked along side their human companions and hunted with fierce bravery and the desire to please their human. Now to torture and eat them is a betrayal against our best friends who have always stood by us through thousands of years becoming dependent on us for their very survival. Proponents of dog meat in South Korea are trying to justify this cruel practice by using the "meat dogs" vs. "pet dogs" argument. It is well known worldwide that all dogs are the same. It is unethical and wrong to separate dogs for meat and dogs for pets. To say there is a dog especially bred for eating, does not mean that it is different from other dogs in nature. It has the same intelligence and feelings and it will suffer as much as any other dog. The dog-for-meat notion is a smoke screen to keep people ignorant. It gives people an excuse not to think about the real issues. But for argument sake, let's say that the "meat dogs" vs. "pet dogs" defense was valid. It is practically impossible to enforce the law to ensure everyone adheres to the dogs for meat and dogs for pets division. Any pet can end up as dog meat and many do. Pet dogs are being bought or abducted and slaughtered for dog meat and dog liquor all the time. A recent Korean TV program exposed the world of the dog meat industry where the former pets that were abandoned or stolen are readily being sold and slaughtered for meat. One of the worst examples of animal cruelty in the history of humanity is being committed by the Dog and Cat Meat Industry in South Korea.Dogs are deprived of everything that is natural to them. They live in tiny cages above the ground and having to balance on rusty feces encrusted wire underneath them all their lives. They are left to constantly smell the accumulation of feces and urine underneath their cage. Puppies are separated from their mothers at an early age and some are slaughtered at just a few weeks old. They don't even know what walking on the ground feels like. They cannot mingle with other dogs other than those in cages beside them. They suffer summer heat and freezing winters outdoors. No water is given. They have to eat rotten human food waste such as kimchi or organs from their slaughtered friends. It is also documented that dead puppies are ground up and fed to these dogs. They get no exercise. Veterinary care is nonexistent. They have been known to have their eardrums burst to prevent them from barking. Every natural instinct they have is impeded by the inhumane and tortuous conditions they must live under. The best description for their lives is "Hell on Earth". During the transport to the markets, restaurants and slaughterhouses, from being thrown into metal cages by the neck like rags, they sustain serious and painful injuries such as broken spines and limbs. To prevent dogs in fear and stress from fighting with each other, they are crammed into tiny cages making them unable to move or stretch their limbs. They are loaded into back of trucks and forced into this position for hours without food or water. When they are finally yanked out of these cages by the neck, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burned to death. There is a perverted belief that the meat tastes better if dogs have high adrenaline levels in their meat before they die. Therefore, some dogs are made to experience extreme fear and suffering leading up to their deaths. Some dogs are hanged and then beaten while they are hanging and still alive. Others are hanged and then a blow torch is used on them while they are still alive to remove their hair. Others still are simply beaten and tortured to death. Generally, at the markets, dogs are electrocuted and then their necks are broken. Throughout the modern world South Koreans are depicted as heartless people who brutalize and terrorize helpless animals without one shred of compassion or humanity. When I think about these horrible cruelties perpetuated by humans on these trusting creatures, I feel ashamed to be a human. The statistics shows that the people who abuse animals are several times more likely to abuse women and children as well. Tolerance of this type of treachery and brutality towards companion animals sends a wrong message to your society that it is acceptable to hurt and cause suffering to others as long as the law does not intervene. Based on a survey done by a Korean animal group, a majority of people in the dog and cat meat industry they interviewed took no pride in their profession and would much rather be doing something else for a living. Children who grow up in this kind of environment will not learn to respect the lives of animals and fellow human beings. Do you want your children to live in a society where this brutality and disregard for lives is accepted as a norm? Supporters of the dog meat industry point to the alleged health benefits as the reason to consume dogs. However, there is substantial support that dog meat is actually bad for your health. With the sanctioning of authorities and exploitative opportunities for profit, unscrupulous dog traders perpetuate the falsehood that canine meat increases male sexual prowess and overall health and that cats produce tonics that are believed to cure rheumatism and arthritis. Nothing is further from the truth. Any person with a reasonable intelligence would know that meat is meat. Dog meat isn't any different than any other meat in terms of its contents and they do not contain magical powers. On the contrary, dog meat is actually harmful to your health and can make you sick. In an effort to prevent disease, dog farmers liberally use antibiotics and reportedly, some dog meat traders inject the meat with steroids. The South Korean TV program that exposed the dangers of eating dog meat consulted the scientists at the Seoul Health & Environmental Research Center to examine the sample dog meat collected from the markets. The unmistakable results revealed that the dog meat is contaminated with various disease causing germs. Specifically they found 6 types of common germs, 4 types of colon bacillus, 1 type of yellow staphylococcus, which is above the standard expected limit in these dog meats. Additionally, a study by nutritional physiologist, Irwin H. Putzkoff, along with Cho Byung-Ho, and Oh Jin-Hwan, examined how the stress, fear, and pain experienced by dogs when slaughtered, or waiting to be slaughtered, resulted in several diseases in the people who ate the meat. His findings discovered “an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.” The hormones in question are adrenaline, cortisone-like secretions, and steroids that stimulate the fear pheromone production. Laboratory rats fed dog meat ceased to reproduce after a period as short as two weeks. They suffered cardiac problems, general fatigue and impotency, and there was a small reduction in physical size of the sexual organs – the penis shrunk. How interesting that this contradicts the commonly held belief that dog meat increases virility. In the journal PLoS Medicine, Dr Heiman Wertheim also reported on two cases of human rabies infection transmitted by eating infected dog meat, further highlighting the dangers of consumption. Dog meat is no health food. This is a deceptive bases for animal abuse in South Korea. Lastly, we understand that a lot of Koreans would be offended if people were to refer to dog and cat meat as their traditional food. That is because this is not something that the Koreans are proud of or want to be known for. We learned that eating dogs and cats was something of necessity in the times of intense famine and hardship in Korean history. However, this horrific cruelty continues in this day and age to a so called "Modern Nation" and one of the world's economic powers. Even if the dog and cat consumption was a true Korean cultural tradition, people need to evolve with time. Recently, Catalonia of Spain outlawed their tradition of bull-fighting, as it caused unnecessary suffering and death to bulls in the name of entertainment. Should you not also show compassion to an animal that has long been regarded as “Man’s Best Friend”? Dedicated caring people of South Korea have been trying to get the government to ban this atrocity for many years and the government has yet to take the leadership role in banning this illicit and gruesome industry. Therefore, in solidarity with these caring animal advocates of South Korea, we will boycott FILA and all other South Korean products and services until South Korea bans the Dog and Cat Meat Industry once and for all. We will not visit South Korea and we will discourage others from visiting South Korea. We will not stop speaking out against this betrayal of man's best friends until the South Korean government takes the stand to ban this horror. We understand that this is a 2 billion dollar industry and no one wants to rock the boat. However, the export revenue, the positive image and the goodwill within the international community that South Korea stands to lose could be worth far more than the 2 billion dollars made by continuing this vile and inhumane industry. Please hear the haunting cries of these animals. Take up your position as a moral leader of your citizens for not only for the animal's sake but for your country as well and ban the torture and consumption of dogs and cats today. Sincerely, [Spanish Translation] Boicot a FILA, hasta que Corea del Sur prohíba la tortura y consumo de carne de perro y de gato Se calcula que la industria de carne de perro en Corea del Sur, mueve una cifra de 2 mil millones de dólares. Eso da lugar a la masacre anual de más de 2,5 millones de perros cuya carne es servida en más de 20.000 restaurantes en todo el país. Esto significa sacrificar alrededor de 7.000 perros diariamente. Se estima que anualmente se consumen más de 100 mil toneladas de carne de perro, incluyendo 93.600 toneladas utilizadas para producir “tónicos para la salud" llamados "Gae Soju", los cuales se preparan hirviendo la carne de perro con varias hierbas hasta convertir la mezcla en un líquido espeso. Los gatos también son utilizados para preparar estos tónicos, en cuyo caso se llaman "Goyangyee Soju". La Ley de Protección de Animales de Corea del Sur, aprobada en 1991, considera que los perros son "animales domésticos". Sin embargo, el oscuro e ilícito mercado de la industria de carne de perro y de gato, florece debido a la demanda de los consumidores y a la vergonzosa indiferencia del gobierno de Corea del Sur. Actualmente estamos pidiendo al gobierno de Corea del Sur que prohíba, de una vez por todas, la práctica cruel e inhumana de torturar y consumir perros y gatos. Estas son las razones: Los perros se denominan “los mejores amigos del hombre” por una razón. En la historia de la humanidad, tanto en la cultura oriental como occidental, los perros han sido tratados principalmente como parte de la familia. Ellos protegieron nuestro hogar y a nuestros seres queridos con su lealtad y fidelidad sin límites. Nos sirvieron como amigos con su amor incondicional, rápida disposición y abnegado desinterés. Caminaron junto a sus compañeros humanos y cazaron con feroz valentía, con el deseo de complacerlos. Ahora su tortura y consumo es una traición en contra de nuestros mejores amigos, esos que han permanecido a nuestro lado a través de miles de años hasta llegar a hacerse dependientes de nosotros para su propia supervivencia. Los defensores del consumo de carne de perro en Corea del Sur están tratando de justificar esta cruel práctica estableciendo las categorías "perros para carne" vs "perros mascota". Es bien conocido que todos los perros son los mismos en todo el mundo. Es equivocado y falta de ética separar a los perros en “perros para ser comidos” y “perros para ser mascota”. Decir que hay un perro especialmente criado para ser comido, no significa que sea diferente de otros perros en la naturaleza. Tiene la misma inteligencia y sentimientos, y sufrirá tanto como cualquier otro perro. La categoría “perro para carne” es una cortina de humo para mantener a la gente en la ignorancia. Les da una excusa para no pensar en el problema real. Pero a efectos de la discusión, digamos que la defensa de la categoría "perros para carne" frente a la de "perros mascota" sea válida. Es prácticamente imposible hacer cumplir la ley para asegurarse de que todo el mundo respeta esta división. Cualquier mascota puede terminar como carne de perro y de hecho muchas lo hacen. Los perros están siendo comprados o secuestrados y posteriormente asesinados para conseguir su carne y para preparar “licores medicinales”. Esto sucede todo el tiempo. Recientemente un programa de la televisión Coreana expuso el mundo de la industria de carne de perro, donde antiguas mascotas que fueron abandonadas o robadas, son rápidamente vendidas y sacrificadas Uno de los peores ejemplos de crueldad hacia los animales en la historia de la humanidad, está siendo cometido por la industria de carne de perro y de gato en Corea del Sur. Los perros se ven privados de todo lo que es natural para ellos. Viven toda su vida en pequeñas jaulas elevadas del suelo y tienen que mantener el equilibrio sobre las heces enmohecidas incrustadas en los alambres bajos sus patas. También tienen que oler constantemente la acumulación de heces y orina debajo de su jaula. Los cachorros son separados de sus madres a una edad temprana y algunos son sacrificados tan sólo unas semanas después. Ni siquiera llegan a conocer la sensación de pisar la tierra. No pueden mezclarse con otros perros que no sean los que están en las jaulas al lado de ellos. Sufren al aire libre, el calor del verano y el frio del invierno. No les suministran agua y tienen que comer desechos podridos de alimentación humana, como el kimchi (plato típico coreano a base de col china fermentada) u órganos de los otros perros sacrificados. Hay pruebas documentadas de que los cachorros muertos son molidos y usados para alimentar a estos perros. Tampoco realizan ningún ejercicio y la atención veterinaria es inexistente. Se sabe igualmente que les revientan los tímpanos para evitar que ladren. Cada instinto natural que les es propio, es suprimido de manera violenta debido a las inhumanas y tortuosas condiciones en que son obligados a vivir. La mejor descripción de la vida de uno de ellos es "el infierno en la Tierra". Durante su transporte hacia los mercados, los restaurantes y los mataderos, son cogidos por el cuello y arrojados como trapos dentro de jaulas metálicas. Es habitual que esto les provoque dolorosas y graves lesiones tales como rotura de la espina dorsal o de las extremidades. Para evitar que en esta situación de miedo y estrés los perros se peleen entre sí, son hacinados en diminutas jaulas en la que son incapaces de moverse o estirar sus extremidades. Las jaulas son transportadas en la parte de atrás de los camiones y los perros se ven forzados a permanecer en la misma posición durante horas, sin comida ni agua. Cuando por fin los sacan de estas jaulas, son cogidos nuevamente por el cuello para ser electrocutados, ahorcados, golpeados o quemados vivos. Hay una perversa creencia según la cual la carne sabe mejor si los perros tienen altos niveles de adrenalina en su cuerpo antes de morir. Debido a esto, algunos perros son obligados a experimentar miedo y sufrimiento extremo antes de morir o ser sacrificados. En unos casos son ahorcados y luego golpeados mientras están colgados y aún con vida. En otros, están colgados y aún vivos mientras se utiliza un soplete para quitarles el pelo. Para algunos más su final llegará simplemente tras ser golpeados y torturados hasta la muerte. En general, en los mercados, los perros son electrocutados y luego se les rompe el cuello. A lo largo del mundo moderno los surcoreanos son representados como personas sin corazón que torturan y aterrorizan a animales indefensos, sin mostrar una pizca de compasión o humanidad. Cuando pienso en las terribles atrocidades que cometen los hombres con estos fieles animales, me siento avergonzado de ser un ser humano. Las estadísticas muestran que las personas capaces de abusar de los animales son notoriamente más propensas a abusar también de mujeres y niños. La tolerancia de este tipo de alevosía y crueldad hacia los animales de compañía, envía el mensaje equivocado a la sociedad de que está bien hacer daño y causar sufrimiento a los demás, siempre y cuando la ley no intervenga. De acuerdo a una encuesta realizada por un grupo animalista coreano, la mayoría de la gente entrevistada dentro de la industria de carne de perro y de gato no está orgullosa de su profesión y preferirían estar haciendo otra cosa para ganarse la vida. Los niños que crecen en este tipo de ambiente no aprenderán a respetar la vida de los animales ni de los seres humanos. ¿Usted quiere que sus hijos vivan en una sociedad donde se acepta como una norma este tipo de brutalidad y desprecio por la vida? Los partidarios de la industria de la carne de perro alegan supuestos beneficios para la salud como razón principal para consumirla. Sin embargo, existe importante evidencia de que la carne de perro es realmente mala para la salud. Con la aprobación de las autoridades, y ante la oportunidad de explotar un negocio altamente lucrativo, los inescrupulosos comerciantes de carne de perro perpetúan el mito de que ésta aumenta la potencia sexual masculina y mejora la salud en general, así como que con los gatos se producen tónicos efectivos para curar el reumatismo y la artritis. Nada más lejos de la realidad. Cualquier persona con una inteligencia razonable sabría que la carne es carne en cualquier sitio. Por tanto, la carne de perro no es diferente de cualquier otra en términos de su contenido y como cualquier otra, no contiene poderes mágicos. Por el contrario, la carne de perro es realmente perjudicial para la salud y puede producir enfermedades. Los criadores de perros utilizan grandes cantidades de antibióticos para mantener a los animales libres de enfermedad y algunos informes revelan incluso que los perros son inyectados con esteroides. El programa de la televisión coreana que expuso los peligros de consumir carne de perro, consultó a los científicos del Centro Coreano para la Investigación de la Salud y el Medio Ambiente. Estos científicos examinaron muestras de carne de perro recogidas en los mercados. Los resultados inequívocos revelaron que la carne de perro está contaminada con diversos gérmenes causantes de enfermedades. En concreto, se encontraron 6 tipos de gérmenes comunes, 4 tipos de bacilos del colon y un 1 tipo de estafilococo amarillo; esto supera los límites estándar esperados para las muestras de carne. Además, un estudio realizado por el fisiólogo nutricional, Irwin H. Putzkoff, junto a Cho Byung-Ho, y Oh Jin-Hwan, examinó cómo el estrés, el miedo y el dolor experimentado por los perros cuando son sacrificados o a la espera de serlo, provocó varias enfermedades en las personas que comían la carne. Sus hallazgos revelaron "un mayor riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular." Se ha encontrado que en las enfermedades que causa el consumo de esta carne están implicadas hormonas como la adrenalina, secreciones similares a la cortisona y los esteroides que estimulan la producción de feromonas del miedo. Las ratas de laboratorio alimentadas con carne de perro dejaron de reproducirse después de un corto período de tan solo dos semanas. Además sufrieron problemas cardíacos, fatiga general e impotencia, mostrando una pequeña reducción en el tamaño físico de los órganos sexuales -pene encogido-. Resulta interesante que estos hallazgos contradigan claramente la creencia generalizada de que la carne de perro aumenta la virilidad. En la revista PLoS Medicine, el doctor Heiman Wertheim también informó sobre dos casos de humanos infectados de rabia, la cual fue transmitida por el consumo de carne de perro. Esto destaca aún más los peligros de dicha práctica. La carne de perro no es comida sana. Su consumo se sustenta en falsas creencias que perpetúan el maltrato animal en Corea del Sur. Por último, entendemos que muchos coreanos se ofenderían si la gente se refiere a la carne de perro y de gato como su comida tradicional. Eso es porque no es algo de lo que estén orgullosos ni por lo que quieran ser conocidos. Sabemos que en la historia de Corea, comer perros y gatos fue una necesidad en tiempos de intensa hambruna y penurias económicas. Sin embargo, esta horrible crueldad se mantiene actualmente en nuestra época, en una nación considerada moderna y que es una de las potencias económicas del mundo. Aunque el consumo de carne de perro y de gato sea considerado una verdadera tradición cultural en Corea, la gente tiene que evolucionar con el tiempo. Recientemente, Cataluña (España) prohibió la tradición de las corridas de toros, ya que causan un sufrimiento innecesario y la muerte de los animales en nombre del entretenimiento. ¿No deberíamos también mostrar compasión por un animal que ha sido considerado desde siempre como "mejor amigo del hombre"? En Corea del Sur los animalistas han estado durante muchos años tratando de conseguir que el gobierno prohíba esta atrocidad. Aun así, el gobierno no acaba de ejercer un rol de liderazgo en la prohibición de esta industria ilícita y horripilante. Por lo tanto, en solidaridad con los defensores de los animales, que cuidan de ellos en Corea del Sur, vamos a boicotear a marcas como FILA y demás productos y servicios surcoreanos hasta que sea prohibida la Industria de carne de perro y de gato de una vez por todas. No vamos a visitar Corea del Sur y vamos a desalentar a otros de hacerlo. No vamos a dejar de hablar en contra de esta atrocidad hacia los mejores amigos del hombre. Entendemos que muchos coreanos no quieran perder esta ilícita industria de 2 mil millones de dólares. Sin embargo, para Corea del Sur, los ingresos de exportación, una imagen positiva y la buena voluntad de la comunidad internacional, valen mucho más que los 2 mil millones de dólares que consiguen continuando con esta práctica vil e inhumana. Por favor, escuche los conmovedores gritos de estos animales. Posiciónese como líder moral de sus ciudadanos, no sólo por la causa de los animales, sino por su país. Prohíba la tortura y el consumo de carne de perro y de gato. Atentamente,

14,739 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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
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Petition to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

The dog meat trade in Asia is an unregulated industry imposing dangerous health risks.

For more actions you can take please visit: This is petition addressed to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization: The dog meat trade in Asia is an unregulated industry imposing dangerous health risks. Dear United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization: We are reaching out to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations help put an end to the dog meat trade in Asia.  As an international organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger and to the proper use of natural resources to maintain sustainable food sources, you have the ability to use your organization and influence to bring awareness to this subject. In South Korea alone, 2.5 million dogs are slaughtered and consumed each year.   The farming and methods of slaughter are unregulated, and this allows the meat trade industry to practice in an entirely uncontrolled environment.  The methods utilized in this poorly regulated industry are barbaric, and the conditions under which these animals are kept are horrendous.  The health risks to humans are all too real.  By the time these dogs are slaughtered, they are so sick with untreated broken bones, infections and malnutrition, that anyone who has not themselves witnessed the documentaries of this practice has no idea that the meat that is going into their “health soup” has been harvested in the most disgusting and unsanitary fashion.  The slaughter methods themselves are nothing short of sadistic and inhumane.  They promote the misguided belief that the adrenaline release which occurs at death improves the quality of the meat, so that the dogs are purposefully tortured and made to experience extreme fear and suffering at slaughter.  This often takes the form of prolonged beatings while being hanged, and smaller dogs and cats are boiled alive to make “tonics” which are purported to treat ailments such as rheumatism. It has been well-documented that the treatment of these dogs is unimaginably cruel and inhumane.  From birth to death they are kept in cramped cages raised off of the ground, so that their feet never touch the ground their entire lives.  They are fed food wastes in extremely unsanitary conditions.  Their treatment during transport to slaughter is horrific.  They are packed so tightly into cages like stuffed animals that many die from being crushed by the weight of the other dogs.  They must endure extreme heat and cold, and are given no water during the days-long trek, so that many die of dehydration.  We are asking you to help bring awareness and a solution to this problem.  Thank you, ------------------------------------------- For more actions you can take, please visit:

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