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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

Nov 26, 2014 Ramil Aninon
Nov 26, 2014 Sonia Casey
Nov 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2014 Ashlee Ryan-Frost
Nov 26, 2014 Cheryl Hughes
Nov 25, 2014 Yolanda Gallegos
Nov 25, 2014 Adriana mazutis
Nov 25, 2014 Amanisha Mead
Nov 25, 2014 Danny Madzhurova
Nov 25, 2014 sharon chang you disgust me!
Nov 25, 2014 Nathan Singley
Nov 25, 2014 Norma Murray
Nov 24, 2014 Vicenza Harbert
Nov 24, 2014 Carol Bischoff
Nov 24, 2014 C Marais
Nov 23, 2014 Maria Schollhorn
Nov 23, 2014 Magali McArthur
Nov 23, 2014 christa pellikaan
Nov 23, 2014 Ilona Vaupel
Nov 23, 2014 Debbie Williamson
Nov 23, 2014 Jamie Moore
Nov 23, 2014 AniMae Chi
Nov 23, 2014 Ljiljana Milic
Nov 23, 2014 Slava Radaković
Nov 23, 2014 Colin Tyler
Nov 23, 2014 ellora springhall Save the animals
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) DO NOT EAT CATS and DOGS please
Nov 22, 2014 Maribel Ortega
Nov 22, 2014 Tisaranee Gunasekara
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2014 Florencia Ferrero Motta
Nov 22, 2014 amelie wallet
Nov 21, 2014 Beth Hrnciar
Nov 21, 2014 Lesley Cavalcanti
Nov 21, 2014 joanne krambeck do not eat dogs or cats . They are our pets and should be treated as such ....
Nov 21, 2014 Renee Buckland
Nov 21, 2014 Mary Wallace Dogs and cats are like family members to most civilized people. Would you eat a family member?
Nov 21, 2014 Mike Wilson please stop this!!!! Thanks
Nov 21, 2014 lisa hanley
Nov 21, 2014 emilie schaumburg
Nov 21, 2014 Sandra Costa
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2014 Erica Anderson
Nov 21, 2014 Carol Balk
Nov 21, 2014 whitney ingram
Nov 20, 2014 heather keen This practice is abominable and should be discontinued. Man's most loyal companions throughout history have always been the dog and the cat. Please stop this abuse!
Nov 20, 2014 Jessica Robinson
Nov 20, 2014 Julie McCartney
Nov 20, 2014 Len Scalise

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