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Petition to President Moon Jae-In, President Moon Jae-In Office

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

This petition will be hand delivered to the President Moon Jae-In of South Korea in October 2017.  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!  Your Excellency President Moon Jae-In, 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] 존경하는 문재인 대통령각하님: 잔인무도한 개, 고양이 식용을 즉각 중지해주세요! 존경하는 문재인 대통령각하님께, 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
131,778 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to 김연아, Yuna kim (http://www.yunakim.com,https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yuna-Kim/53417067377)

Pyeongchang 2018 - South Korean Gold Medalist Yuna Kim To Join The Fight Against Dog Meat

Yuna Kim (김연아) is the most famous athlete in South Korea's Olympic history and face of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. Ms. Kim has an outstanding record of compassion and been named a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador, Special Olympic Global Ambassador, Winter Youth Olympic Games Ambassador and dog owner as shown in this tour of her home. TIME has also named her one of their Top 100 Influential People. We would like to petition Ms. Kim to take an active stance in the fight against dog meat and animal cruelty in South Korea and help us officially ban dog meat there forever. We acknowledges that Yuna Kim has no part in dog meat consumption but we hope with her help, she can be a voice for animals in Korea and Asia. 김연아씨에게청원합니다: 대한민국금메달리스트김연아씨에게개고기반대운동에동참해주시기를청원합니다. 김연아씨는대한민국올림픽역사상가장주목받은선수이자 2018 평창동계올림픽의대표얼굴입니다. 김연아씨는남다른연민으로유니세프굿윌대사, 스페셜올림픽글로벌대사, 동계청소년올림픽대사로임명된바있으며, 자택이공개되었을때집에서개를기른다는사실이알려졌습니다. 타임지또한김연아씨를세계에서가장영향력있는 100인중 1인으로지정하였습니다. 저희는김연아씨가개고기를거래하거나먹는행위, 그리고남한의동물학대를반대하는운동에동참하여대한민국에서개고기가금지되는그날까지저희와함께해주시기를청원합니다. 저희 #bandogmeat 에서는김연아씨가개고기소비에전혀관련되지않았다는것을알고있습니다. 하지만김연아씨가이심각한문제에대해한국뿐아니라아시아의목소리가되어주셨으면하는바람입니다. 개고기를금지하는법이통과되기전에현재개양식장에서구조된수천마리의개와강아지들이지낼가정이필요합니다. 이동물들이안전하고따뜻한집을찾을수있게도와주세요.   J'ai demandé à la médaillée d'or Sud Coréenne, Yuna Kim, de se joindre au Combat contre la consommation de viande de chien. Yuna Kim est l'athlète la plus célèbre de l'histoire olympique de la Corée du Sud et elle prendra part au Jeux d'hivers de Pyeongchang en 2018. Mme Kim a une réputation remarquable de compassion et a été nommé Ambassadrice International de Bonne Volonté par l'UNICEF, ambassadrice mondiale des Jeux Olympiques Spéciaux et ambassadrice des Jeux Olympiques de la Jeunesse et elle est aussi propriétaire d'un chien comme on pu le constater lors de la visite de sa demeure. Le magasine TIME l'a également inscrite dans son Top 100 des personnes les plus influentes.  Nous aimerions demander Mme Kim de prendre une position active dans la lutte contre la consommation de viande de chien et de la cruauté envers les animaux en Corée du Sud, et de nous aider à faire interdire officiellement la consommation de viande de chien. #bandogmeat reconnaît que Yuna Kim n'est pas une consommatrice de viande de chien et nous espérons que, grâce à son aide, elle peut être une voix pour les animaux de la Corée et de l'Asie.   Contact: atcostaff [at] gmail.com

James Hill
56,381 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Minister Kim Jae-Soo, Ho-Young Ahn, Dae-Shik Jo, Joon-Kook Hwang, Kyoung-Ha Woo

Minister Kim Jae-Soo: Support and Pass the new Animal Protection Law in South Korea!

Minister Kim Jae-Soo  (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs), time and again the work of SaveKoreanDogs, in their struggle to end the aberrant dog-meat trade in South Korea, has been made more difficult, as their requests to the authorities, for action to enforce the various Laws relating to illegal acts committed within these trades, have met with little success - in some part because of the way the various animal/food related Acts are worded.  For example:  ‘dogs’ are classified as livestock in the Enforcement Rule of the Livestock Industry Act; and the wording within the Animal Protection Act currently allows for dog slaughterhouses to continue their work unchallenged - even the illegal ones.  In addition, the penalties for wrongdoers punished under the Animal Protection Act are too minimal to be a deterrent; the Police etc., have inadequate training and knowledge to deal with any infringements of these Laws; and there is no separate Animal Welfare Department within South Korea.  Therefore, in order for SaveKoreanDogs to gain official support in their endeavours, and intervention in this illegal, inhumane and brutal dog-meat trade, it is imperative that changes are made to wording within these relevant Acts, and also that changes are made within the official ‘system’. One of the most important changes being requested is to remove dogs from the classification of livestock in the Enforcement Rule of the Livestock Industry Act.  SaveKoreanDogs (Nami Kim and her team) have drafted a detailed proposal for changes, and are asking that you accept them.  Mr Kim Jae-Soo, as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, you have the authority to help make these changes happen: will you consider these changes, will you accept them, and will you help put them into practice? ------------------------------------- Click to read a statement by Mr. Pyo Chang Won, the chairman of the Animal Welfare Committee at the National Assembly of Korea, who is the author of the new amendment to the Animal Protection Law: http://koreandogs.org/dog-animal-protection-law-changwon-pyo/ Our thanks and gratitude is extended to Nami Kim of SaveKoreanDogs who submitted a proposal to Mr. Pyo, detailing recommendations for changes to the Animal Protection Law. Click to read her proposal: http://koreandogs.org/savekoreandogs-recommendations-animal-protection-law/ 

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Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Grace Hu of Cerritos

Tell Friendship City, Seoul Dongjak, Korea, That We’re Opposed to Torture/Eating of Dogs.

Mayor Grace Hu of Cerritos: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Dongjak, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. City of Cerritos has become Friendship City with Seoul Dongjak, 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 City of Cerritos would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Seoul Dongjak citizens, we feel certain that the Cerritos 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 Seoul Dongjak 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 Seoul Dongjak 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 Seoul Dongjak Mayor Chang-Woo Lee to take action, and to state that Cerritos and its citizens demand that Seoul Dongjak 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 Seoul Dongjak, 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-seoul-dongjak-south-korea-cerritos-california/ Short link for this petition: https://goo.gl/mCFByO

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