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Petition to President of South Korea, President Dr Robin E. MITCHELL, PRESIDENTE Carlos Arthur Nuzman, PRESIDENT Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AL-SABAH, President Patrick Joseph HICKEY, President Mario VÁZQUEZ RAÑA, President Intendant General Lassana PALENFO, President Patrick Baumann, President Dr Raffaele CHIULLI, Mr Gian-Franco KASPER, President Ricci BITTI, President Thomas Bach, Vice President & Secretary General 문동후 사무총장, President & CEO, Hee-Beom Lee 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 이희범 회장, Chief Executive Officer Joachim Gossow, Hyung-Koo Yeo, Mr Richard W. POUND, Q.C., AD. E., Mr Franco CARRARO, Mr Iván DIBÓS, HE Mr Pál SCHMITT, HSH the Princess Nora of LIECHTENSTEIN, HSH the Sovereign Prince ALBERT II, Ms Anita L. DEFRANTZ, HRH the Princess ROYAL, Mr Ching-Kuo WU, Mr Willi KALTSCHMITT LUJÁN, Mr Richard L. CARRIÓN, Mr Nat INDRAPANA, Mr Denis OSWALD, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AL-SABAH, Sir Craig REEDIE, Mr Mario PESCANTE, Mr Gerhard HEIBERG, Sir Austin L. SEALY, Dr Robin E. MITCHELL, Mr Alex GILADY, Mr Shamil TARPISCHEV, Mr Valeriy BORZOV, Dr René FASEL, Mr Sam RAMSAMY, Mr Patrick Joseph HICKEY, Syed Shahid ALI, Mr Ung CHANG, Mrs Gunilla LINDBERG, Mr Kun-Hee LEE, Mr Guy DRUT, Mrs Irena SZEWINSKA, HRH the Grand Duke of LUXEMBOURG, Mr Ser Miang NG, Mr Samih MOUDALLAL, Mr Gian-Franco KASPER, Mr Timothy Tsun Ting FOK, Mr John D. COATES, AC, Mr Zaiqing YU, Mr Issa HAYATOU, Mr Juan Antonio SAMARANCH, HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad AL-THANI, Sir Philip CRAVEN, MBE, HRH Prince Tunku IMRAN, Mrs Nicole HOEVERTSZ, Mrs Beatrice ALLEN, Mr Patrick BAUMANN, Mr Sergey BUBKA, Dr Ugur ERDENER, Mr Richard PETERKIN, Mr Habu GUMEL, Ms Lydia NSEKERA, HRH Prince Feisal AL HUSSEIN, Mr Barry MAISTER, ONZM, Mrs Marisol CASADO, Mrs Yang YANG, Mrs Angela RUGGIERO, Mr Adam L. PENGILLY, Mr José PERURENA, Dr Gerardo WERTHEIN, Mr Frank FREDERICKS, Mr Tsunekazu TAKEDA, Baron Pierre-Olivier BECKERS-VIEUJANT, Ms Aïcha GARAD ALI, Ms Danka BARTEKOVA, Mr James TOMKINS, OAM, Ms Kirsty COVENTRY, Mr Tony ESTANGUET, Mr Octavian MORARIU, Mr Bernard RAJZMAN, Mrs Mikaela COJUANGCO JAWORSKI, Mr Alexander ZHUKOV, Mr Paul K. TERGAT, Mr Lawrence F. PROBST III, Mrs Dagmawit Girmay BERHANE, Mr Camiel EURLINGS, Mr Stefan HOLM, Mr Poul-Erik HØYER, Ms Hayley WICKENHEISER, Ms Nawal EL MOUTAWAKEL, HRH Crown Prince Frederik of DENMARK, Mrs Lingwei LI, Mr Mamadou Diagna NDIAYE, Mr Nenad LALOVIC, Mrs Nita AMBANI, Mrs Sari ESSAYAH, Mr Ivo FERRIANI, Mr Luis Alberto MORENO, Ms Auvita RAPILLA, Mr Anant SINGH, Ms Tricia SMITH, Mr Karl STOSS, Ms Britta HEIDEMANN, Mr Seung Min RYU, Mr Daniel GYURTA, Mrs Yelena ISINBAYEVA, Ms Sarah WALKER, HRH the Grand Duke Jean de LUXEMBOURG, HM King CONSTANTINE, Mr Vitaly SMIRNOV, Mr Niels HOLST-SØRENSEN, Mr Shagdarjav MAGVAN, Mr Richard Kevan GOSPER, AO, Mr Günther HEINZE, Mr Vladimir CERNUSAK, Ms Flor ISAVA FONSECA, Mr Phillip Walter COLES, AM, Mr Chiharu IGAYA, Mr Francisco J. ELIZALDE, Mr Lambis V. NIKOLAOU, Mr Borislav STANKOVIC, Mr Fernando F. Lima BELLO, Mr Walther TRÖGER, Mr Shun-ichiro OKANO, Professor Arne LJUNGQVIST, Mr James L. EASTON, Mr Toni KHOURY, Mr Mustapha LARFAOUI, Mr Antun VRDOLJAK, Mr Jean-Claude KILLY, Mr Olegario VÁZQUEZ RAÑA, HRH the Infanta Doña Pilar de BORBÓN, Mr Hein VERBRUGGEN, Dr Julio César MAGLIONE, Mr Ottavio CINQUANTA, HM King Willem-Alexander of the NETHERLANDS, Mr Melitón SÁNCHEZ RIVAS, Ms Manuela DI CENTA, Mr Tamás AJÁN, Mr Kipchoge KEINO, Intendant General Lassana PALENFO, Mr Carlos Arthur NUZMAN, Mr Alexander POPOV, Raja Randhir SINGH, HRH Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal Bin Fahad Bin ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD, Mr Patrick S. CHAMUNDA, Mr Henry KISSINGER, HRH the Grand Duke de LUXEMBOURG, General Mounir SABET

Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!

To the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mr. Lee Hee-Beom, We ask you to please watch this video: South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered each year and eaten as “health food”.  Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment from the moment they are born untill the day they are slaughtered; dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives with no protection from extreme elements, and have no access to water, exercise, or medical care.  Their eardrums are often burst to prevent them from barking. In broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating a dog (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and provides men with energy.  South Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dog is made to  suffer, it will enrich the quality of the meat and increase the health benefits to the consumer.  Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death.  Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism.  The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China. It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers and boasts one of the highest education levels in the world, is still continuing to commit this type of barbaric brutality in this day and age.  However, for the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare from which they can’t escape.   If South Korea wants to be respected as a  nation of conscience, South Koreans need to strengthen the animal protection law and permanently ban dog and cat consumption.  This has continued far too long, and it is now time for the South Korean government to take a moral leadership for its citizens and take a stand against this barbaric practice.  Not only would this save the South Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will be in South Korea’s economic interests because people of the world will not stop condemning South Korea’s cruelty. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” It is time for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society.  That means it is time for the South 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.  The first step must be to finally end the horrendous cruelty of dog and cat meat consumption! If South Korea does not take the above actions immediately, I will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and South Korean businesses and tourism.  The favor of your reply is requested. Thank you for taking swift action! ------------------------------------ I also urge you to write to the Olympic Committee that we you will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. International Olympic Committee Mr. Thomas Bach Château de Vidy Case postale 356 1001 Lausanne Switzerland Undercover videos: CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth), The Korea Observer. For more actions you can take please visit: International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea

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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti: Allow Angelenos to Vote On the Olympics

Regardless of how you feel about the Olympics, past Games around the world — from Rio to London and beyond — have cost taxpayers billions, displaced tenants and increased police militarization, yet the Los Angeles bid was pushed on the city by Mayor Garcetti without our input (or even a budget). There’s a reason Rome, Boston, Hamburg, Budapest, Krakow, Oslo, Stockholm, and other “smart cities” have recently dropped out of the Olympic running; they listened to grassroots pressure — i.e. the actual voices in their cities — and ultimately did the right thing. The organization which owns the Olympic brand — the IOC — is a brazenly corrupt, unaccountable body that trashes the communities it commandeers and financially ruins entire nations, all so they can sell ad time at your expense. The historical evidence against the Olympics isn’t just overwhelming; it’s damning. Olympic bills have bankrupted Rio, Athens, Vancouver and countless other cities. The six Summer Olympics held between the 1988 Seoul Games and the 2008 Beijing Games forcibly evicted or otherwise displaced more than 2 million people. Even the so-called “successful” 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles (the only Olympics to ever turn a profit) helped militarize the LAPD and expanded Police Chief Daryl Gates’ infamous police gang sweeps, keeping entire areas of the city under conditions of military occupation that continued well beyond the Closing Ceremony and culminated in the 1992 LA Riots. The 2024 bid process already featured a clear lack of transparency and focused primarily on the financial good the games would bring, ignoring potential problems revolving around human rights — specifically housing, homelessness, and detainment. Once the LA bid committee lost the 2024 bid to Paris, the committee and City Council hastily rushed a new, now controversial 2028 Memo of Understanding even though there was no budget included in the plan. The people in charge decided to gamble LA’s future on a project that doesn’t even have a properly vetted budget. How can they be trusted to handle any aspect of the implementation of a 2028 plan when they can’t even follow the basic rules of procedure and common decency? The truth is now apparent; they never wanted your feedback in the first place. But it’s not too late to make our voices heard. The only reasonable conclusion — regardless of your political persuasion, personal affinity for the brand, or community which you represent — is that this decision should be up to the people. Not City Council, who hasn’t done a thorough job of vetting this project in good faith. Not Mayor Garcetti, who is acting out of self-interest. And certainly not the IOC, which is filled with millionaire and billionaire oligarchs who have no interest in sticking up for the best interests of Los Angeles. The Mayor, the developers, and billionaire CEOs behind this bid want you to think it’s a done deal, when really the conversation is just beginning. NOlympics LA is a growing coalition of over 25 community groups across the state opposed to the prospect of an LA Olympics. The group is changing the conversation around the bid, emphasizing not only the lack of transparency and democracy in the process, but the way the Games will exacerbate issues already facing LA, such as a militarized police force, an affordable housing crisis and the highest rate of homeless people in the country. Support the organization's efforts by donating or buying a shirt.

NOlympics LA
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Petition to IOC, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

Preserve Standards of Animal Welfare at the Tokyo Olympics!

While the London and Rio Olympics showed consideration for the welfare of animals, the Tokyo Olympics appear to be a very different story. In their desire to produce meat, eggs, and milk to be consumed at the upcoming games, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is seeking to greatly reduce the standards of treatment and husbandry of farmed animals. Let's examine the standards upheld by previous Olympics, and see how the Tokyo Games stack up.   First, eggs. eggs consumed at the London Games were produced by chickens kept in a poultry house that was also provided with a fenced yard. They could go inside and outside at will. The chickens providing the eggs for the Rio Games were tightly confined for most of their lives, but at the very least their cages weren't stacked on top of each other, as is the norm in the egg industry. However, organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are set to treat their chickens even more poorly, by confining them to battery cages. This cruel method of keeping chickens has already been banned in the E.U. and in Bhutan, and is being protested all over the world. A chicken can remember the faces of up to 100 other chickens, and are as good at communicating with humans as dogs are. When kept in an ideal environment, a chicken will happily spend his days pecking around for food, digging in the dirt, and taking sand baths. They live with their flock, and when night falls, they retreat to their favorite tree branch to sleep on. Yet these intelligent, inquisitive animals are routinely kept in cramped wire mesh cages, unable to engage in any of these natural behaviors. Their eggs are stolen away from them as soon as they are laid. In such cramped conditions, even trying to flap their wings causes them to break their fragile bones. Their legs and feet are pinched by the wire mesh, and they often suffer fractures and dislocations. They are crammed so closely together that they step on and are stepped on by other chickens. Many birds die inside the cages. According to sales data, 99% of eggs consumed in Japan come from chickens tightly confined to battery cages, where the space allocated to one chicken is roughly the size of a small iPad. This is the quality of eggs that the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are offering the many athletes and tourists that will come to Japan for the Games.   Next, pork. producing pork for the London Games, the use of narrow metal enclosures known as gestation crates was not allowed. Unfortunately, gestation crates were used when raising pigs for the Rio Games. However, some good news for animals came when JBS, the largest meat producer in the world whose second best customer is Brazil, and Arcos Dorados, the company that runs McDonald's in South America, promised to stop using gestation crates by 2016. Gestation crates are currently banned in the E.U. as well as in ten states in the U.S. Despite the fact that growing numbers of people all over the world are calling for them to be eliminated completely, the Tokyo Games have decided to use them. Mother pigs in gestation crates spend their lives in confinement. The cage is only slightly bigger than their own body, so walking is impossible. They are unable to turn around, or even look to the side, and these social animals are prevented from having contact with other pigs. The only things they can do are drink water, eat food that is sometimes dropped on the floor for them, and chew the bars of the cage directly in front of them. The pig will be forcibly impregnated. Her belly will continue to grow until she finally gives birth. She will then nurse her babies for 21 days, before she is impregnated again. All of this happens inside the gestation crate.   In the summer of 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries hurriedly created the JGAP (Japan Good Agricultural Practice) certification for use in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. There are a few nods to animal welfare included in the certification requirements, but the standards of treatment and husbandry of the animals remain incredibly low. Eggs produced by chickens in battery cages. Pork produced by pigs in gestation crates. Milk produced by cows who spend their entire lives in stalls so dark that the cows suffer from vitamin A deficiencies. While all of these are considered acceptable by JGAP standards, they are nowhere near the standards of producers in other countries when it comes to animal welfare. The Ministry claims that their certification upholds the global standard set by the World Organization for Animal Health's Terrestrial Animal Code, but the truth is that not only does the JGAP fall far short, it also makes no mention whatsoever of slaughter techniques. Therefore, cruel methods like killing chickens without stunning them first continue to be the norm in Japan. In the committee's quest to create a sustainable Olympics, they are creating an Olympics in which more animals will suffer than ever before. In a survey of average Japanese citizens conducted by Animal Rights Center in 2017, only 3.9% of people polled stated that they know about animal welfare. It seems that the Japanese are far behind the rest of the world when it comes to awareness of animal-based food production. Activists for animal welfare in Japan are doing their best, but they need help. All nations must come together to help the animals of Japan. We must build an Olympics that humans can enjoy while showing compassion to non-human animals.  Please, help us to preserve standards of animal welfare at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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