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International Day Of Action For South Korean Dogs And Cats: August 16, 2011

July 30, 2011
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The fate of the innocent…

In spite of a 1991 law which prohibits consumption of dogs and cats, a flourishing industry exists within the markets of South Korea. Illegal and unsanitary dog farms are hidden away in the countryside where breeders raise their stock for butchers.

The International Day Of Action For South Korean Dogs And Cats is August 16, 2011; please take action by clicking on and participating in the following:



BACKGROUND | FROM IDA

Every year, two million South Korean dogs and cats are electrocuted, strangled, or bludgeoned to death and are then skinned, chopped up, and boiled to be eaten. The cruelty and suffering endured by these dogs is unimaginable.

Where do they come from?

Most are homeless, captured by butchers and sold in open markets.

The country’s Animal Protection Law, which was passed in 1991 considers dogs and cats to be “domestic pets.” However, authorities are giving the dog meat trade their silent blessing by turning a blind eye to this outrageous bloodbath throughout South Korea.

Let me assure you the eating of dog meat isn’t based on any deeply rooted South Korean tradition. South Koreans have only eaten dogs when poverty has been widespread, as was the case during World War II. Even in those hard times, dogs were treated as companion animals.

Now, however — with the unspoken blessing of the government, greedy, unscrupulous dog traders in South Korea propagate the myth that canine meat increases male sexual prowess and general health. This illegal industry has organized itself well. It bribes government officials and police, hires thugs to intimidate animal welfare campaigners, and persuades newspapers to extol the “virtues” of dog meat.



WHOM TO CONTACT

*Please note you need to send your letters to all three email addresses and via both webforms in order to message all addressees.  

**Please also note that pcrmadmin@mw.go.kr bounced back but I will keep it in.

Email block (three)

consular_usa@mofat.go.kr , pcrmadmin@mw.go.kr , master@mifaff.go.kr

Webforms (two)

http://www.dynamic-korea.com/embassy/meet.php

http://www.korea.net/directory/top_directory.jsp?addr=http%3a%2f%2fenglish.president.go.kr%2f         

(Must click “Contact Us” in the upper right under “Close”)



SAMPLE LETTER ONE

Dear President Lee, Ambassador Duk-soo Han, and Ministers,

I am horrified at the continued torture and consumption of South Korea’s companion animals.

Even with the South Korean Animal Protection Law for cats and dogs and a Ministry of Health Law banning the consumption of dog-meat soup (boshintang), dogs are still beaten, electrocuted, skinned alive and slaughtered by the thousands for boshintang while cats are still beaten and boiled alive for rheumatism remedies (goyangi soju).

Please immediately enforce the following:

The Ministry of Education’s requirement to introduce and maintain a public education campaign to teach modern, internationally accepted general-care knowledge of cats and dogs, including the importance of spay-neuter surgery and to address the many unfounded South Korean myths surrounding their species.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s duty of office to outlaw the slaughter of cats and dogs as well as their “passing the buck” to the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health’s duty of office to uphold and enforce South Korea’s current law which bans dog-meat soup, as well as their “passing the buck” to the Ministry of Agriculture.

The allocation, through the Ministry of Finance, of reasonable budgets to the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Health to carry out their official responsibilities on behalf of not only cats and dogs, but other animals as well.

I WILL NOT BUY KOREAN GOODS, SUPPORT KOREAN BUSINESS, OR VISIT KOREA UNTIL KOREANS STOP EATING DOGS AND CATS.

Signed,
Your name
Your address



SAMPLE LETTER TWO

Dear President Lee, Ambassador Duk-soo Han, and Ministers,

I am shocked to learn of the cruel and torturous treatment of cats and dogs in your society as used for consumption and medicinal purposes.  To condemn these animals to such horrific practices is depraved and horrific.  These forms of tortures include electrocution, drowning, beating, and boiling and skinning while alive.  Only the most immoral and indifferent could subject an animal to such contemptible conditions.  While you may object with and claim hypocrisy regarding Western treatment of farm animals, I have to declare that I am against all forms of animal abuse.

Furthermore, the belief that the more painful deaths equal the better meat or medical treatment is not only terrifying but also scientifically and medically unsound.  I’d like to believe that humans across the globe have not conditioned themselves to forever believe we are superior to animals and thus justified in our abusive treatment and deaths of them.  We are capable, indeed we are obligated, to acknowledge animals as sentient beings, who feel emotion, pain, despair, and love.  You must view animals as such because any lesser view would demean humans and our ability to feel empathy and compassion.

Furthermore, I must add that I will boycott any of your country’s products.  Your economy benefits significantly from many exports, including those manufactured by companies including Samsung, LG, and Kia to name a few, as well as clothing and footware.  These I will boycott unless you take a stand against these atrocities and illegalize in PRACTICE the torture and slaughter of cats and dogs.

I know you wish to become a model society for the rest of the world; you have the courage and the duty to cease these actions and prove you are a society of compassion.

Respectfully yours,



FULL CONTACT DETAILS

Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Duk-soo Han, Ambassador
Address:
2320 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Washington, DC 20008
TEL: 202-939-5657, 202-939-5653
FAX: 202-342-1597
email: consular_usa@mofat.go.kr (this email is directed to their Public Relations.)

http://www.dynamic-korea.com/embassy/meet.php
(This is an online forum designed to provide you an opportunity to communicate issues of your concern to the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea Han Duk-soo.)

Prime Minister’s Office(PMO)
Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister
Address:
Central Government Complex, 55 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 110-760
TEL:+82-2-2100-2114

Rim Che-min, Minister of the PMO
TEL: +82-2-2100 2200

The Ministry of Health & Welfare
CHIN Soo Hee, the Minister
Address:
75 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea
110-793
Tel: +82-2-2023-7000
email: pcrmadmin@mw.go.kr

Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Foresstry and Fisheries(MIFAFF)
Suh Kyu-Yong , Minister
Address:
Government Complex Gwacheon
Jungang-dong 1,
Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do
South Korea

TEL: +82-2-500-1501
E-mail: master@mifaff.go.kr

Letters to South Korea from the U.S. cost $.80 to mail.




THE FATE OF THE INNOCENTS | LEAFLETS

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CONTACT IDA FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP:

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel.: 415-448-0048
Fax: 415-454-1031
hope@idausa.org



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what are you doing
nation of south korea
indulging in cruelty
and amoral diarrhea
tormenting cats and dogs
that were meant to be pets
not objects for experiments
of meal time gets
this is no way to
treat man’s best friends
and i want no part
of your country
until this barbarity
ends!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2011 8:22 am

    what are you doing
    nation of south korea
    indulging in cruelty
    and amoral diarrhea
    tormenting cats and dogs
    that were meant to be pets
    not objects for experiments
    of meal time gets
    this is no way to
    treat man’s best friends
    and i want no part
    of your country
    until this barbarity
    ends!!!!

    Like

  2. Mr San permalink
    August 10, 2011 9:11 pm

    I lived in Korea for many years and never heard of a cat being eaten. Where did you get your information?

    Like

  3. MARIA SONIA ESTRADA-SOLERO permalink
    August 16, 2011 12:53 pm

    SOY VEGETARIANA . CON ESO LO DIGO TODO . NINGUN ANIMAL SUFRE POR MI CULPA

    Like

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