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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

Mar 28, 2015 Brittney Craig
Mar 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2015 Julia Arencibia Dogs and cats are not to be eaten but to be loved
Mar 28, 2015 louise lane
Mar 27, 2015 Bruce and Penny Triplett CATS AND DOGS ARE NOT FOOD!
Mar 27, 2015 Marissa Abramovic
Mar 27, 2015 Kelly Inviere
Mar 27, 2015 Tatiana Wimmers
Mar 27, 2015 Trudy O'Neill I believe this statement "Dogs and cats are pets, not food!" Anyone that believes otherwise are just plain dirt!!!
Mar 27, 2015 Johnson Carol
Mar 26, 2015 Wendye Kolles
Mar 26, 2015 Melinda Funk
Mar 26, 2015 Tina Cooper
Mar 26, 2015 Gloria Garcia
Mar 26, 2015 christian kaloga
Mar 26, 2015 Monika Müller
Mar 26, 2015 Annalisa Tani
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Natasha Agosto Garcia
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Deborah Caskey
Mar 25, 2015 Lucia Nocentini
Mar 25, 2015 l f
Mar 25, 2015 Relya Downing
Mar 25, 2015 Aliaska Brozen
Mar 25, 2015 robert burdon
Mar 25, 2015 Deborah Cortlandt
Mar 25, 2015 Julia Rigler
Mar 25, 2015 Sherry Davis
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Heather Avogardo
Mar 25, 2015 Shannon Holmes
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Renee Bechtold
Mar 25, 2015 Veronica Spassova
Mar 25, 2015 Laurel Galvan
Mar 25, 2015 Sheryl Bauknecht
Mar 24, 2015 Rebecca Myers Sickening people over there!
Mar 24, 2015 Lisa Sita
Mar 24, 2015 Catherine Critz
Mar 23, 2015 kc brinkhoff
Mar 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2015 Petra Stadtmueller
Mar 22, 2015 Dominique Barrett
Mar 22, 2015 dominique barrett
Mar 22, 2015 rebecca ellerington
Mar 22, 2015 milagros rodriguez
Mar 22, 2015 nayana yashwari
Mar 22, 2015 Yael Shimshin
Mar 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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