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Petition to County Executive James Tedesco of Bergen County

Tell Sister City, Dangjin, Korea, That We’re Opposed to Torture/Consumption of Dogs/Cats.

County Executive James Tedesco of Bergen County: Tell Sister City, Dangjin, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Bergen County has become Sister City with Dangjin, 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 Bergen County would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Dangjin citizens, we feel certain that the Bergen County  authorities would have hesitated to form such a Sister City relationship had they known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Dangjin 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 Dangjin 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. Please urge Dangjin Mayor Hong-Jang Kim to take action and state that Bergen County and its citizens demand that Dangjin 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. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Dangjin, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your county’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. ------------------------------------------------------------- Short link for this petition: https://goo.gl/YqhVwb For more actions you can take, please visit: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-dangjin-south-korea-bergen-county-new-jersey/

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Petition to President of South Korea, Mr. Thomas Bach, President & CEO, Hee-Beom Lee 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 이희범 회장

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

Please visit "Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Action Center" for more actions you can take: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ 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:  http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered each year in that country, and eaten as “health food”.  Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment, from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives, with no protection from extreme elements, no access to water, no exercise, or medical care.  Their eardrums are often burst to deter barking. Finally, in broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death.  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.  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; but it is unacceptable and shameful: South Korea is happy to take the benefits of an advanced society, but not the full responsibility. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating dog meat (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, the more 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. If South Korea wants to be respected as a nation of conscience, then South Koreans need to strengthen their animal protection laws and permanently ban dog and cat meat consumption.  This has continued for far too long, and it is now time for the South Korean Government to take moral leadership for its citizens and take a stand against this appalling practice.  Not only would this save the South Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will be in South Korea’s economic interest because people across the world will keep condemning South Korea’s cruelty. 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, therefore, for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society.  This 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 humane and decent manner.  And, the first step must be to finally end this horrendous cruelty of dog and cat meat consumption. If South Korea does not take the above action immediately, I will boycott the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, and all South Korean businesses and tourism.  The favor of your reply is requested. We thank you, in anticipation, for taking swift action! ------------------------------------ I also urge you to write to the Olympic Committee that you will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. International Olympic CommitteeMr. Thomas BachChâteau de VidyCase postale 3561007 LausanneSwitzerland Video: CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth), The Korea Observer. For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea

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