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Petition to Dr. Pyo Chang-Won

We thank you, Dr. Pyo Changwon for standing up for rights of Korean animals!

Click here to read the latest update from Dr. Pyo Changwon: http://koreandogs.org/pyo-changwon-fb/ We thank you, Dr. Pyo Changwon for standing up for rights of Korean animals! Dear Dr Pyo,  As a member of the National Assembly in South Korea, you have been instrumental in taking the first step in bringing about proposing key amendments to current Korean Animal Protection legislation, to improve the welfare of the dogs in the meat trade and to introduce harsher penalties on those who flout it.   We see this as an important stepping stone in raising South Korea's animal welfare standards in line with the changing attitudes of its people and those held by the wider international community.  It also makes for a positive start towards our future aim of abolishing the dog meat trade in South Korea for good. We wish to reach out to you directly to express our sincere gratitude at your willingness to listen to the voices of both the South Korean people and the wider international community on this highly contentious issue. Challenging established behaviors and business practices, no matter how abhorrent we may find them, is always going to be a struggle regardless of where in the world you are located.  So we thank you for taking a stand for these amazing animals and we sincerely hope that you continue to be a pro-active part of the collective growing ‘voice’ in support of further legislative reform of animal welfare laws in South Korea.   [Korean translation] 한국의 동물보호에 적극 앞장 서신 표창원의원에게 감사를 표합니다. 표창원 의원님께 의원님께서는 대한민국 국회의 동물복지위원회 회장으로서 식용견 유통/판매업계의 개들의 복지를 향상시키고 동물보호법을 어기거나 간과하는 자들의 처벌을 강화하는, 현행 동물보호법 개정안을 발의하는 첫걸음을 내딛는 데에 있어서 큰 역할을 해주셨습니다.   이 발의는 한국인들과 광범위한 국제단체 멤버들의 변화하고 있는 동물복지에 대한 자세에 걸맞게끔 대한민국의 동물 복지 수준을 높일 수 있는 매우 중요한 디딤돌이라고 보고 있습니다. 또한 대한민국에서 음식으로써 개고기 거래 자체를 종식시키고자 하는 저희들의 장기적 목표에 대한 긍정적인 시발점이 되었습니다. 뜨거운 논쟁거리가 되어온 이 문제에 대한 대한민국 국민들 및 국제단체들의 의견들을 마다하지 않고 기꺼이 경청해주신 점 심심한 사의를 표하고 싶습니다. 전부터 있어왔던 관습과 관련사업은 사람들이 비록 혐오하는 것일지라도 그에 맞서는 건 세계 어느 곳에서든지 반드시 어려울 수 밖에 없습니다. 그렇기에 더더욱 잔인하게 학대 받는 동물들을 위해 강경한 입장을 취해주심에 감사를 드리고, 대한민국 동불 복지 관련 추가 법 개정을 지지하는 연합된 '목소리들'이 점점 커지고 있는 이 와중에 앞으로도 계속해서 주도적인 역할을 맡아주시기를 진심으로 희망합니다. 감사합니다. [Japanese translation] 韓国の犬肉取引に関する罰則強化の声をあげてくれた韓国下院議長のピョ・チャンウォン氏に感謝の意を表し、実際には犬肉産業を容認している韓国における動物保護法の改正を求めるものです。ピョ・チャンウォン議長に歩みを止めずに行動し続けてもらうために署名のご協力をお願いいたします。  ピョ殿: 韓国での下院における動物の福祉委員会議長として、犬肉取引における犬の福祉を改善して、それを無視する人々に対してのより厳しい罰則を導入する(proposing key amendments to current Korean Animal Protection legislation,)ために、現在の韓国の動物保護法改正の鍵となる一歩を踏み出す事に尽力されました。  韓国の動物福祉の基準の向上はもちろんのこと、変化し始めている韓国の人々や国際社会における基準や行いに足並みを揃えるためにも重要な布石を投じました。 また、韓国における犬肉取引を永久的に廃止する目的を持つ私達にとっても大変ポジティブな一歩でもあります。  非常に議論や対立を生じさせるこの問題に関して、韓国の人々やより広い国際社会の人々の声に耳を傾けたいと願う貴殿の意欲に心から感謝を申し上げます。  確立された習性や商習慣にメスを入れる事は、どんなに嫌悪感を抱こうとも、世界のどこにいようとも、闘いになるのが常です。 故にこれらの素晴らしい動物達の保護のために明確な態度を打ち出した事に対し感謝を申し上げるとともに、 韓国の動物の権利保護法のさらなる改革に向け率先的に『声』を上げ続けていただく事を心から望みます。  64 members of the National Assembly from both the ruling party and the opposition parties co-sponsored amendment to the Animal Protection Law proposed.  http://koreandogs.org/64-members-national-assembly-ruling-party-opposition-parties-co-sponsored-amendment-animal-protection-law-proposed/ “Dog and I, and Animal Protection Law” by Changwon Pyohttp://koreandogs.org/dog-animal-protection-law-changwon-pyo/SaveKoreanDogs’ recommendations for changes to the Animal Protection Lawhttp://koreandogs.org/savekoreandogs-recommendations-animal-protection-law/  표창원 의원, 대폭 바꾼 동물보호법 대표발의 (The Law Journal) http://www.lec.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=41773 국회의원 표창원, 동물보호법 확 바꾼다! [출처] 표창원,동물보호법 보도자료|작성자 표창원 MP Pyo, Changwon proposes new Animal Protection Law (Press Release) http://blog.naver.com/pyogo413/220800984060 MP Pyo, Changwon Member of Parliament (The Minjoo Party of Korea) #722 National Assembly Member’s Office Bldg., 1 Uisadang-daero Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Postal Code 07233South Korea 표창원국회의원대한민국 국회국회의원회관 722호(우)07233 서울시 영등포구 의사당대로 1 (여의도동)South Korea  

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Ambassador Young-Jin Choi 주미 한국대사관 최영진 대사 (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA), Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), President Young-Ho Oh 대한무역투자진흥공사 오영호 사장 (President of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA, Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관, 인재근 민주당 국회의원, Minister Young Jin 보건 복지부 진 영 장관, Jae-Cheol Jeong 정재철 새누리당 상임고문, Mayor Won-Soon Park 서울특별시 박원순 시장, Mr. Jae-In Moon 민주당 문재인 국회의원, Speaker Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장, Mr. Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표, 이미경 민주당 국회의원, 박영선 민주당 국회의원, Young-Kyun Shin 신영균 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea), Minister Jeong-Bok Yoo 행정안전부 유정복 장관 (Minister of Public Administration and Security), Oh-Yeon Na 나오연 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea), Su-Han Kim 김수한 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea), Young-Hwan Kim 김용환 새누리당 상임고문 (Senior Advisor of Saenuri Party - S. Korea), Chairperson Sam-Yeol Koo 국가브랜드위원회 구삼열 위원장 (Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Branding), 박혜자 민주당 국회의원, 김영주 민주당 국회의원, Mr. Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표, Governor Keun-Min Woo 제주특별자치도 우근민 도지사, Minister Sang-Jick Yoon 산업통상자원부 윤상직 장관, President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령, Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관, Director Jin-Yung Woo 해외문화홍보원 우진영 원장, Minister Yoon-Sun Cho 여성가족부 조윤선 장관, President Jung-Haeng Kim 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 김정행 회장, Minister Kihl-Jae Ryoo 통일부 류길재 장관, Minister Kwan-Jin Kim 국방부 김관진 장관, Minister Ha-Nam Phang 고용노동부 방하남 장관, Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리, Minister Seoung-Hwan Suh 국토교통부 서승환 장관, Minister Nam-Soo Seo 교육부 서남수 장관, Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관, Deputy Prime Minister Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관, Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장, Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림수산식품부 이동필 장관, Secretary General Ki-Moon Ban 국제 연합 반기문 사무총장 (Secretary General of United Nations)

UNSG António Guterres & UN orgs: Sanction S. Korea for horrific cruelty of dog meat trade!

United Nations Secretary General  António Guterres and UN organizations: Sanction S. Korea for horrific cruelty of dog meat trade! Please watch this video:  http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q The $2 billion dollar-a-year South Korean dog and cat meat industry, which extinguishes the lives of approximately two and a half million dogs a year for meat or gaesoju, a dog wine or broth, and thousands of despised and doomed cats for so-called “health” tonics or goyangyeesoju, and soup, operates in a sordid and illicit world where farmers and butchers kill with frightening impunity in the most abominable fashion. Dogs are killed with high-voltage electrocution, which takes anywhere from thirty seconds to three minutes, hanged, and even beaten to death at the request of customers who believe the meat more tender and tastier the greater the suffering (one of the most pernicious of myths), and that the so-called medicinal properties are enhanced. They are most often killed within sight of their cage mates. They are then thrown into a tub of boiling water, often still alive, and then into a rotating drum for the removal of their fur, and finally blow torched. At Moran Market, South Korea’s largest open air-market for dog meat, dog carcasses are on display next to the cages of live dogs. Cats are often bludgeoned and thrown into boiling water while still alive. At the farms, dogs are fed germ-infested, rotting, and fermented human leftovers, a health risk to both the dogs and those who eat them. In South Korea, dogs and cats’ lives are short and ferociously heartless until they tremble no more at the hands of their slaughterers as cage mates look on. http://koreandogs.org/ According to the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA)'s comprehensive study on S. Korean dog meat industry http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/KARA-Dog-Meat-Report_English-1.pdf,  "Using electric rods did not instantly kill the dog. First contact to electric rod did paralyze the dog but dogs were still conscious. In most cases, two to three contacts with electric rod will finally make the dog motionless. Duration of electrocution differed by slaughter houses. First contact is within two seconds, and follow-on contact required longer contacts. At some slaughterhouses with poor electricity system, the dog did not lose consciousness after using electric shock. Rather it tried to bite off the electric rod. It is one cruel episode that proved electrocution does not instantly kill the animal.  According to our research, electric shock is followed by plucking, where whole process took two to five minutes. Dogs can hardly be dead in such a short period of time. In such cases, dogs are paralyzed but still conscious to suffer from the pain of plucking and die."  Here the plucking or removal of fur is done by throwing the dog often paralyzed and unable to move but still conscious into the boiling water and then into the rotating drum that removes the fur.  This is a terrifying and excruciating experience beyond imagination. Sometimes unconscious but still alive dogs are blow torched to remove fur.  You can see an evidence of this cruelty from this video of raid by a Korean TV broadcast company and an animal rights group in Korea called Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE):  http://youtu.be/ldblUoQ2tvo Please also take a look at this video that shows the dogs being transported to Seongnam Moran market (the largest dog meat market in the country) during the pitch darkness of the night, taken one by one out of the cages where they were packed unable to move for many hours, electrocuted and thrown into boiling water.  Some of these dogs thrown into the boiling water could be still alive and able to feel the excruciating pain and terror of being boiled alive.  Click "CC" for English caption.  http://youtu.be/vHB3uwB9kyA  (At 6:17 this scene starts).  According to the CARE's report from their year long undercover investigation last October (visiting total of 82 locations of dog meat farms, markets, slaughterhouses,..) of dog meat industry, FAQ #7, "Electric shock brings extreme pain, and dogs often remain conscious throughout repeated applications.  It is known that in some cases, dogs stay perfectly conscious even when they are put in boiling water or hair removal machines." Cruelty happens at all stages at South Korean dog meat industry.  Here are few videos showing the cruelty during the transport and at the market: http://youtu.be/uKCdAGfGOsQ http://youtu.be/cJnp87OSn58 http://youtu.be/wuZTUuyB484 In addition to the unspeakable cruelty perpetrated dog meat trade is also a serious threat to human health.  Dog farms are hotbed for infectious diseases.  Since there is no disease control these dogs suffer from diseases from highly infectious and transmittable bacteria, virus, ectoparasites, endoparasites, and fungi.  Out of 165 dogs bred at a dog farm in Seoul area, 83 dogs(50.3%) were infected with endoparasites and 23 dogs(20.2%) were infected with heartworm.  Puppies suffer from malnutrition because they are fed rotting food waste (infested with pests such as rats, cockroaches, flies..) after being weaned.  In order to hide from the law and civil complaints, most dog farms are located in remote areas where sun is scarce causing vitamin D (necessary for bone growth) deficiency.  Locked in cages for months, dogs are bored and stressed from being packed with other dogs and constant stench. Stress hormone weakens their immune system and they become susceptible to hormonal diseases such as hyperadrenocorticism. Antibiotics, antidiarrheal and steroid are used to control measles, parvovirus, various respiratory and digestive diseases but abuse of drugs led to tolerance against antibiotics and relevant innate problems.  In some cases, 10 times the normal doses were being administered by the farmers themselves without the supervision of veterinarian. Large dose of heavy metal that accumulated in the organs and caused internal body malfunction is detected in dog meat.  Heavy metal is assumed to have been accumulated from eating leftover food waste and low-end feed (remains from slaughter houses).   Many serious and often life threatening diseases can be attributable to this  unsanitary and inhumane dog meat industry and they include animal bites and scratches, Bubonic Plague, Camphylobacter, Cutaneous larval migrans, Giardiasis, Lyme Disease, Psittacosis, Rabies, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Visceral Larva Migrans, Anthrax, Bebesiosis, Brucellosis, Colibacilosis,...  Read the extensive research report by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates) http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/KARA-Dog-Meat-Report_English-1.pdf. South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 1 of 2 with English Caption: http://youtu.be/vHB3uwB9kyA South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 2 of 2 with English Caption: http://youtu.be/foHCBNllT8w There is no appropriate animal-protection legislation to prevent the animal cruelty currently taking place in South Korea. As someone who believes strongly that animals should not be treated in this way, I request that UN organizations investigate and address this issue immediately.  Please sanction South Korean government until they strengthen the Animal Protection Law to prevent animal cruelty and to introduce basic animal-protection regulations. It must also provide penalties for violations and ensure that mistreated animals can be legally seized from abusers and given immediate refuge.  I request that UN organizations insist South Korean Government to create an enforceable law to ban the torture, killing, sale, and consumption of dogs and cats.  Please don’t let the South Korean government get away with this outrageous cruelty to companion animals. Thank you for your attention and kind consideration. ------------------------------------------ For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/unsg-guterres/  

John Kim
58,429 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Special Advisory Committee on National Constitution, 김경협 국회의원 Mr. Kim Kyung-Hyeop, 김관영 국회의원 Mr. Kim Kwan-Young, 김상희 국회의원 Ms. Kim Sang-Hee, 김성태 국회의원 Mr. Kim Sung-Tae, 김재경 국회의원 Mr. Kim Jae-Kyung, 김종민 국회의원 Mr. Kim Jong-Min, 김진태 국회의원 Mr. Kim Jin-Tae, 나경원 국회의원 Ms. Na Kyung-Won, 박병석 국회의원 Mr. Park Byung-Seok, 박완주 국회의원 Mr. Park Wan-Ju, 박주민 국회의원 Mr. Park Ju-Min, 심상정 국회의원 Ms. Sim Sang-Jung, 안상수 국회의원 Mr. Ahn Sang-Soo, 윤관석 국회의원 Mr. Yoon Kwan-Seok, 이인영 국회의원 Mr. Lee In-Young, 이종구 국회의원 Mr. Lee Jong-Gu, 이태규 국회의원 Mr. Lee Tae-Kyu, 정종섭 국회의원 Mr. Jeong Jong-Seop, 정춘숙 국회의원 Ms. Jeong Choon-Sook, 정태옥 국회의원 Mr. Jeong Tae-Ok, 주광덕 국회의원 Mr. Chu Gwang-Deok, 주승용 국회의원 Mr. Chu Seung-Yong, 지상욱 국회의원 Mr. Ji Sang-Wook, 최인호 국회의원 Mr. Choi In-Ho, 황영철 국회의원 Mr. Hwang Young-Cheol

Amend the constitution for the betterment of all animals. End the dog meat trade in Korea

For more actions you can take please click here: http://koreandogs.org/call-for-action-constitution/ South Korea: Amend the constitution for the betterment of all animals.  End the dog meat trade in South Korea! We need your help to urge South Korea to amend the constitution to align themselves with the modern world in the way the law recognizes and protects animals.  Please sign this petition to provide a voice to the animals under the care of the Korean people, speak up for them and for all supporters of basic animal rights in Korea.  We are asking to amend the constitution for the betterment of all animals. Tell Korea the world is watching and waiting with baited breath for a change! 나는 대한민국 헌법에 동물권이 명시되기를 바랍니다.헌법을 개정하여 -대한민국 국가에 동물의 보호 의무를 부여하고,-대한민국 국가는 동물을 대신하여 시민단체가 동물의 보호와 권리를 지켜주기 위하여 사법절차에 참여할 수 있도록 보장할 것을 엄숙히 요구합니다. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear South Korean Government, The current Korean constitution regards dogs that are raised for food as different to those raised as companion animals.  Dogs raised for meat do not benefit from the protection from cruel or inhumane treatment afforded under Korea's animal protection law.  In the present legal system 'meat dogs' are regarded as objects, mere property, with no right to food, water, light or shelter or indeed to be protected from cruelty or abuse by humans.  The law reflects the ludicrous view that that these dogs are for slaughter anyway so they should not be protected and that they are somehow different to companion dogs.  This is of course complete and utter nonsense, there is no such difference between dogs raised for meat and dogs raised as pets.  Many 'meat dogs' in slaughter houses resemble the revered Korean Jindo or Japanese Tosa, often contain pure breed lines, there is no specific 'breed' of 'meat dog', there are no genetic or behavioral differences between your faithful companion and family guardian and the poor suffering animal locked in an endless row of wire cages. Even if these dogs were to be afforded protection under the current Korean animal protection law, how would South Korea aim to enforce it when there is such a thriving industry in the meat dog trade?  We have a black hole in Korea's legislation in which these poor dogs are placed, born to suffer and die at the hands of money making dog farmers.  A black hole which is being exploited by the often illegally operated dog meat farmers and butchers. Therefore, affirmative action needs to be taken now to ensure that the constitution is amended to address this black hole in the law. The Government would do well to take note of how some of the leading countries recognise animal welfare and rights and listen to the international condemnation of the dog meat trade within its borders. The world is watching and waiting with bated breath for a change!  ---------------------------------------------------- Sharing for Korea Animal Rights Advocates: https://www.facebook.com/kara.animal/videos/1224217640999088/ (무한 공유 요청) 30년 만에 이뤄질 헌법개정! 헌법에 동물권이 명시될 수 있도록 여러분들께서 도와주세요!! 동물이 물건과 같이 간주되는 현재의 법체계에서는 설사 동물이 극악한 학대상황에 놓여 있어도 학대자로부터 소유권을 박탈할 수가 없습니다. 동물을 학대해서 그 동물이 죽었더라도 학대자가 다른 동물을 또 데려다 같은 행위를 하는 것도 막을 수 없습니다. 이번에 이뤄질 헌법 개정에서 인간을 넘어 동물의 생명권이 논의될 수 있도록 여러분들께서 적극적으로 의견을 개진해 주세요. 30년반에 이뤄지는 헌법개정에서 우리사회 최약자 무고한 동물들의 권리가 논의될 수 있도록 여러분들께서 ‘공유’와 ‘참여’로 꼭 힘을 더해 주세요! 성함과 이메일을 적으시고 개인정보 수집에 동의해 주신 후 의견쓰기란 중 1. 기본권(헌법전문, 제 1장~제 2장)에 아래 내용을 참고하셔서 의견 제출해 주시기 바랍니다. 매 맞고 죽어가도 학대자의 손에 살아야 하는 동물들을 위해 단 1분의 시간을 내 주세요. ‘30년만의 헌법개정! 국민의 소중한 의견을 받습니다‘ 의견 제시하기http://assembly.surveyplus.kr/sp2/S41072wrvc9g/in.asp?pid=S41072wrvc9g&grpid=rdn 의견개요 ==> “국민들의 삶의 기반으로서의 환경권을 실효적으로 구체화하고 그 환경을 이루는 삶의 주체로서의 '생명'으로 권리 주체를 확장하여 실질적으로 환경을 보전하고 생명의 안전을 보장하는 헌법적 근간을 마련해 주세요”

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Petition to Mayor Young-Jin Kwon 대구광역시 권영진 시장, President Jae-In Moon, Kang Min-Gu, Kang Seong-Hwan, Kim Kyu-Hak, Kim Dae-Hyun, Kim Dong-Sik, Kim Byung-Tae, Kim Sung-Tae, Kim Won-Kyu, Kim Jae-Woo, Kim Ji-Man, Kim Tae-Won, Kim Hae-Jeong, Park Gap-Sang, Park Woo-Geun, Bae Ji-Sook, Seo Ho-Young, Song Young-Hun, Yoon Young-Ae, Lee Man-Kyu, Lee Si-Bok, Lee Young-Ae, Lee Jin-Ryun, Lee Tae-Son, Im Tae-Sang, Jang Sang-Su, Jeon Kyung-Won, Chung Cheon-Rak, Ha Byung-Moon, Hong In-Pyo, Hwang Soon-Ja

Daegu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Daegu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.  Click here for more actions you can take: http://koreandogs.org/daegu/ http://koreandogs.org/petitions-korean-cities/ In Daegu 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.  There are plentiful evidences that the illegal dog meat industry exists in Daegu. Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Shops” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants”.  The searches resulted in: 530 Health Food Shops; and 87 restaurants in and around Daegu.  https://map.naver.com/?query=%EB%8C%80%EA%B5%AC%EC%8B%9C+%EA%B1%B4%EA%B0%95%EC%9B%90&type=SITE_1 https://map.naver.com/index.nhn?query=64yA6rWs7IucIOuztOyLoO2DlQ&enc=b64&tab=1 Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in and around Daegu in order to supply all of these outlets. 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. 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. Dear Mayor Kwon Young-Jin and the Daegu Metropolitan Council members, We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your city. We request that an official document be issued, 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/ International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your city’s image.  The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested.

Isabel S. Han
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