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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

Aug 20, 2014 Tess Sotirakos
Aug 20, 2014 Maria Arranz
Aug 20, 2014 meeko sanson
Aug 20, 2014 ivi diana puspita Absolutely disgusting, THEY ARE PETS,NOT FOOD!!!!
Aug 20, 2014 Holly Kasten
Aug 20, 2014 Jacqueline Vann
Aug 20, 2014 Cathleen Cooks
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 Cheryene Ward-Stratmeyer
Aug 20, 2014 Christa Haisty
Aug 20, 2014 Victoria Cahill
Aug 20, 2014 Lajean Faircloth
Aug 20, 2014 sharla shore
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 Denise Riggs
Aug 20, 2014 shellie cavallaro
Aug 20, 2014 Michael Wiese
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 Sheryl Walling
Aug 20, 2014 Carol L Piwowar THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE !
Aug 20, 2014 Clare Stoddern
Aug 20, 2014 Terrie Matson
Aug 20, 2014 Lissa Moris
Aug 20, 2014 Penny Porta
Aug 19, 2014 Donna Rock
Aug 19, 2014 Cecilia Chua
Aug 19, 2014 Joseph Rzeczycki
Aug 19, 2014 Bonnie Miller Truly pitiful.
Aug 18, 2014 Dawn Panell
Aug 18, 2014 angela bongcayao
Aug 18, 2014 Susan Krawiecki
Aug 18, 2014 Susan Traver
Aug 18, 2014 terrisa allen
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) Disgusting, and I should hope that we do not treat our livestock like this here in the US.
Aug 18, 2014 Yuki Mueller
Aug 17, 2014 Rachael Cantine
Aug 17, 2014 Aurora Herrera
Aug 17, 2014 Alice Schewene
Aug 17, 2014 Carol WELLHAUSEN
Aug 17, 2014 Janelle Huerd
Aug 17, 2014 Muriel Heanue
Aug 17, 2014 Ariel Hijazi
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2014 Debra Winchell
Aug 17, 2014 Elise Taylor
Aug 17, 2014 Carrie Garneau
Aug 17, 2014 Crystal Reese
Aug 16, 2014 Susan Dombrowski
Aug 16, 2014 Amy Padilla
Aug 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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