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Petition to International Olympic Committee

Allow the Russian flag to fly during the PyeonChang 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

Sincerity is a virtue that was not upheld by Russia during the Sochi and Rio olympics. The involvement of the Russian government in the systemic doping scheme does not represent the ideals of the Russian people, nor tarnish their honor. For the sake of the Russian people, 166 Russian olympic athletes, and the 16 who earnestly won their medals, do not exonerate Russia of its alleged doping by disparaging their patriotism. Restoring the Russian flag for the closing ceremony does not reflect a flagging austerity of the IOC’s ethics, but demonstrates respect to those who participated for the country they know as their home. The Russia of the government-run doping scheme is not the Russia of the 166 athletes, and 16 olympic champions who practiced rigorously to compete and, in the latter's case, win. Punishment for doping was administered by denying entry into the Winter Olympics to those Russian athletes marring the exemplary virtues of olympiads. Please respect the athletes who performed with moral veracity: do not force them to disavow their country in light of their sincere patriotism. A flag is not the representation of a government. A flag represents the culture of the people of that country. For an organization to win love, it must uphold just mercy: Let the Russian flag fly during the closing ceremony. Thank you for your time, and patience.

Marc-Anthony Llosa
36 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Mayor Nancy Backus of Auburn

Tell Sister City, Pyeongchang, Korea, That We’re Opposed to Torture & Eating of Dogs &Cats

Mayor Nancy Backus of Auburn: Tell Sister City, Pyeongchang, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. City of Auburn has become Sister City with Pyeongchang, 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 Auburn would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Pyeongchang citizens, we feel certain that the Auburn 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 Pyeongchang 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 Pyeongchang 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: 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 Sister City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Pyeongchang Mayor Jae-Kook Sim to take action, and to state that Auburn and its citizens demand that Pyeongchang 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): 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 Pyeongchang, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Sister 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: Short link for this petition:

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Petition to NBC

NBC Analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo should apologize for his ignorant comment towards Koreans

On Friday, NBC Analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo made an absolutely ignorant and insensitive comment about Japan's imperial rule over Korea during a live broadcast of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea. When the Japanese Olympic team walked out to the arena, he stated: "Now representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. But every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation." His ignorant and insensitive comment regarding Korea's history has enraged many people as few Koreans would agree that Japan's imperial rule over our country helped our economy and the development of our society. During Japan's rule of Korea from 1910-1945, Koreans suffered enormously. Comfort women were consistently raped and tortured by Japanese soldiers who would use the women as sex slaves for the sake of "comfort." Thousands of Koreans were killed, independence movements were ruthlessly crushed, the Korean language was banned, and Koreans were forced to live in fear.  The stories of the comfort women have been ignored throughout history due to the lack of awareness. Many of these women are still alive today, and it is painful to imagine the amount of suffering they went through when Ramo forced them to relive the memories of the atrocities they experienced.  The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is a symbol of unification and community, with even North and South Korea competing as one team. However, Joshua Cooper Ramo's comment has created a chasm admist the harmony by inflicting pain on our ancestors who had to live through a truly traumatic time in Korean history. Therefore, I demand that Joshua Cooper Ramo issue a formal apology to all Koreans whether it is through social media or on TV and to any other people he may have offended as a result of his comment.  I hope this petition will be able to alleviate the pain and suffering his comment has caused on our country. 

Kelly Kim
645 supporters