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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

Apr 25, 2015 bijou Galletti
Apr 25, 2015 Paul Vanderaa
Apr 25, 2015 John Clemons
Apr 24, 2015 Dayanara Montes De Oca Dogs are a men's best friend and cats can be funny and goofy to watch. They should not be food, but a pet that is part of the family. All dogs and cats want is a home and people to love them as if they were humans.
Apr 24, 2015 Tanja Lepikkö
Apr 24, 2015 sandra kee
Apr 24, 2015 helen withnell
Apr 24, 2015 Marianne Kambouridis
Apr 24, 2015 Sharon Kennedy
Apr 24, 2015 Deborah Simkins
Apr 24, 2015 Lauren Moch
Apr 24, 2015 Amy Liu
Apr 24, 2015 Sunny Romans
Apr 24, 2015 Ivona Niemiec Pets are not just animals to be sloter for food. We need to educate about it and stop people who consume pets mostly stolen. There is cruelty exposed and as a human race we responsible to change it.
Apr 24, 2015 Carol Le Roux
Apr 24, 2015 JD Roberts STOP This DISGUSTING Practice!
Apr 24, 2015 sveta shelekhova
Apr 24, 2015 Mary Jane Ludwig
Apr 24, 2015 janet Schowengerdt
Apr 24, 2015 Donny Benedicto
Apr 24, 2015 Jackie Bade
Apr 24, 2015 Sheryl Derby
Apr 24, 2015 John Lyons
Apr 24, 2015 Anne Wolfenbarger
Apr 24, 2015 Carol Reynes
Apr 24, 2015 Elodie Rodriguez
Apr 23, 2015 Amanda Wilkerson
Apr 23, 2015 Erica Koconis
Apr 23, 2015 Jan Phillips
Apr 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2015 Isabella Ondei
Apr 22, 2015 jo hall
Apr 21, 2015 Cassandra Lewis STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 21, 2015 Dayana Viscarra
Apr 21, 2015 Sally Chaney Protect our Precious Creatures. Animals are our friends, not our food.
Apr 21, 2015 Regina Cracchiolo They are companions. Not food!
Apr 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2015 Maxine Lucas
Apr 21, 2015 Paula Boogaerts
Apr 20, 2015 Fateh Sidhu
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 mary rivas
Apr 20, 2015 Diane Gudatis
Apr 20, 2015 Al Lindstrom
Apr 20, 2015 Jackie Mills
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 Nicole Trad
Apr 19, 2015 P Morello
Apr 19, 2015 Anne Prost
Apr 19, 2015 Margaret Melnick

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