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Petition to County Executive Ike Leggett of Montgomery County

Tell Friendship City, Goryeong-gun, Korea, That We’re Opposed to Torture/Eating of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-goryeong-gun-south-korea-montgomery-county-maryland/ County Executive Ike Leggett of Montgomery County : Tell Friendship City, Goryeong-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Montgomery County  has become Friendship City with Goryeong-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 Montgomery County  would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Goryeong-gun citizens, we feel certain that the 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 Goryeong-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 Goryeong-gun 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 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 Goryeong-gun Mayor Yong-Hwan Kwak to take action, and to state that Montgomery County  and its citizens demand that Goryeong-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 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 Goryeong-gun, 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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Petition to World Small The Animal Veterinary Association, The World Small Animal Veterinary Association

World Small Animal Veterinary Assoc: Speak Out Against The Dog/Cat Meat Trade in S. Korea.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA): Speak Out Against The Dog and Cat Meat Trade in South Korea. We are reaching out to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association to help us bring an end to the Dog Meat Trade in South Korea.  Every year 2.5 million Korean dogs are slaughtered and consumed.  The farming and methods of slaughter are unregulated, and this allows the meat trade industry to practice in an entirely uncontrolled environment, placing these animals in horrific conditions and treating them with unimaginable cruelty.  The fight to end this barbarity is being waged by activists around the world, and with increasing awareness it is gaining momentum.  With the support of credible organizations such as yours, we are sure that we can put a stop to this.  As veterinarians and medical professionals, your voices will be heard above others and will be respected and acknowledged.  Please join us in this fight by promoting our campaign.  The methods utilized in this unregulated industry are barbaric, and the conditions under which these animals are kept are horrendous.  It is 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.  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 cats are often boiled alive to make “tonics” which are purported to treat ailments such as rheumatism. As veterinarians and professionals in animal welfare, you are able to appreciate the negative impact that this practice has on our society.  This is not just an argument against an unjust and cruel practice.  It is not an argument against what people should and should not eat.  It is an argument against the treatment of fellow living animals.  It is an argument against the negative health impact that this has on us humans.  As stated in your mission statement, the Animal Wellness & Welfare Committee (AWWC) goal is to make welfare issues an everyday consideration for small animal practitioners.  It can use its influence and knowledge to educate the community about animals and to increase community awareness of all issues affecting animal welfare.  We are asking you to put your considerable influence behind our efforts to end this cruelty. --------------------------------------- For more actions you can take, please visit: http://koreandogs.org/wsava/

KOREANDOGS.ORG
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Petition to World Vision, Mun-Gi Sohn

World Vision: Eating companion animals is detrimental to the health of Korean children.

The World Vision Organization dedicates itself to bringing real hope to children across the world. They have recently been announced as being in collaboration with the South Korean Food and Drug Ministry to work on various programs to benefit the health of South Korean children. We want World Vision to know that we believe their first step in this endeavor should be to end the unregulated dog and cat meat trades in that country. Stopping the dog and cat meat trades = reduction in health hazards + increase in happiness. Let’s give them some facts. Dear World Vision, I’m sure you would be the first to agree that every nation has a duty to ensure, where possible, the health and welfare of its citizens – and a prosperous nation has no excuse not to do so. South Korea is a prosperous nation.  Why, then, do the authorities care so little for the health and welfare of its citizens in turning a blind eye to the many health hazards caused by the dog and cat meat trades?  Trades which are illegal but carry on unchecked and unpunished. Fact: dogs and cats are kept in filthy conditions, fed on slops and swill, and overdosed on antibiotics.  Result: products are entering the food chain that are not fit for human consumption, and adding to the worldwide problem of antibiotic overuse. Fact: the animals are bred and raised in crowded and filthy conditions. Result: health hazards for the neighboring communities, and environmental pollution through stench, noise and uncontrolled effluent discharge. Fact: the animals are deliberately transported and slaughtered in barbaric and cruel ways (dragged behind vehicles, packed tightly into cages, boiled alive, beaten to a pulp, blowtorched to death, hanged or bled to death). Result: witnessing this abhorrent treatment of man’s best friend must have a disturbing effect on the minds of the younger generation of South Koreans. The Korean Herald recently reported that, in collaboration with the Korean Drug Ministry, your Organization will be working together to enhance children's diets, hold joint education programs on children's nutrition, and promote the importance of children's food safety in that country. What, then, will you jointly be doing to urge the Korean Government to end the aberrant dog and cat meat trades?  What will you jointly be doing to end these health hazards, caused as a direct result of the dog and cat meat trades? It goes without question that we are completely concerned about the inhumane treatment of the creatures suffering in the meat trades, too, but we want to know what you, as an International Organization, dedicated to bringing real hope to children across the world, will be doing to bring real hope, health and happiness to the children of South Korea in this respect? ------------------------------ For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/world-vision/

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Petition to Mayor Will Ibershof of Duvall

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

Mayor Will Ibershof of Duvall: Tell Friendship City, Jangheung, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. City of Duvall has become Friendship City with Jangheung, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for their mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Duvall would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Jangheung citizens, we feel certain that the Duvall authorities would have hesitated to form such a Friendship City relationship had they known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Jangheung 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 Jangheung 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 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 Jangheung Mayor Seong Kim to take action, and to state that Duvall and its citizens demand that Jangheung 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. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Jangheung, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Friendship City relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. ------------------------------------------------ For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-jangheung-south-korea-duvall-washington/ Short link for this petition: https://goo.gl/K7MfXw

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