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Dogs and cats are our companions here in the United States, but in some areas of South Korea, they are considered culinary delicacies. Up to two million dogs and cats are slaughtered for their meat and consumed each year in South Korea.

In most cases, the animals grow up in unsanitary, factory farm-like conditions with little protection from extreme weather and no exercise, companionship or medical care. When it comes time for slaughter, dogs can be electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death.

Although a fair number of South Koreans have eaten dog meat at least once in their lifetime, only a small percentage eats it regularly. In fact, there is a large and vocal group of Korean people against dog meat consumption.

Nevertheless, the dog meat trade is a profit-driven, tax-free and unregulated industry, and due to the demand for meat across Southeast Asia, the South Korean government continues to support it.

Call on the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to make the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat illegal.

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Dear Minister Lee Dong-phil:

While some in South Korea practice the long-time tradition of consuming cats and dogs, we in America attest to the true inhumane nature of consumption of domesticated pets. I'm writing to insist that the South Korean government rethink its support of an industry that perpetuates deplorable treatment of dogs and cats.

Cultural biases aside, it's impossible to deny that dogs in the meat trade are treated miserably in South Korea. The vast majority of these animals suffer greatly, both throughout their lives and in death. The manner in which most are slaughtered should raise alarm bells for us all, and not just in those opposed to eating dog meat.

Additionally, polls have shown that only a small percentage of South Koreans eat dog meat regularly, and that most are offended by this cruel, profit-fueled industry.

I think it's time the government represent its majority and cease support for this inhumane practice. Do the right thing. Make the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat illegal.

Thank you for considering my comments.

Petition Signatures

Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 milow weber
Sep 2, 2014 Fiona REINACHER
Sep 1, 2014 Sarah Pirila
Sep 1, 2014 Brittany Paral
Sep 1, 2014 Allison Vick
Sep 1, 2014 mary fanara
Sep 1, 2014 Stanley Fistick
Sep 1, 2014 Aime Ryals Gravem
Sep 1, 2014 Dee Aitch
Aug 31, 2014 BRETT DOWIE
Aug 31, 2014 Robert Jacques Dogs and cats are domestic animals. This is animal cruelty and should not be permitted
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 Suzanne McClain This is so horrible, I can't even comprehend it.
Aug 31, 2014 Janet McCaffrey
Aug 31, 2014 Viviana Carcache
Aug 31, 2014 Roxanne Agelatos-Christo
Aug 31, 2014 charles Church
Aug 31, 2014 julie davis how about chopping up a person and eating them, flesh is flesh
Aug 31, 2014 tomislav fumić
Aug 30, 2014 Sandra Barnard
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 vincent strynkowski
Aug 30, 2014 Cassandra Padula
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Don Perkins
Aug 30, 2014 Phyllis schneider Cole
Aug 30, 2014 Carola Sifari
Aug 30, 2014 Ekaterina Popova
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Brandie Resha
Aug 30, 2014 Virginia Zaehring
Aug 30, 2014 andrea frey
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 fanny mabon
Aug 30, 2014 Iris Chynoweth
Aug 30, 2014 Kathy Gillis
Aug 30, 2014 kim concepcion Inhumane
Aug 30, 2014 Mariette Åkerlind
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Julie Smith
Aug 30, 2014 melanie koncur
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Lisa Schulte
Aug 29, 2014 sonja biss
Aug 29, 2014 Julia Tancyk
Aug 29, 2014 Christine Benz
Aug 29, 2014 Jacqueline Manders

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