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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

Jan 30, 2015 Jacqueline Fitch
Jan 30, 2015 ivonne leon
Jan 30, 2015 Lauren Oggiono
Jan 30, 2015 Margarita Betancourt
Jan 30, 2015 Christine Melvin This is just plain horrific!
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 tracey may
Jan 30, 2015 Tammy McCullough We have domesticated these animals, it is now our responsibility to protect them.
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 sherri damiani
Jan 30, 2015 yana wierny
Jan 30, 2015 Marti Barrett Please help these innocent animals ... Please. Just because we cannot end all the suffering, doesn't mean we shouldn't end any. Thank you for your time and consideration, Marti B.
Jan 30, 2015 Catherine Reich
Jan 30, 2015 Rhonda Bradley
Jan 30, 2015 Maria Mignogna
Jan 30, 2015 Beth Hooper
Jan 30, 2015 Laurie Steidler-Dennison
Jan 30, 2015 Inge Plas
Jan 30, 2015 Annemarie Krogholm
Jan 29, 2015 Ashley Drape
Jan 29, 2015 Kelly Willis
Jan 29, 2015 Randi Greenberg Dogs and cats are treasured companions and should not be treated so inhumanely. This practice has no place in a civilized society!
Jan 29, 2015 Andrea Sommers
Jan 29, 2015 Tiffany Lee
Jan 29, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 29, 2015 Alden Bodwell
Jan 29, 2015 Rhonda Minor
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Mary Sanders
Jan 29, 2015 marie LECLERC
Jan 29, 2015 Jodi Cotten
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Raija Nefoussi
Jan 28, 2015 karen howard
Jan 28, 2015 Jacqueline Tay
Jan 28, 2015 sofia harley
Jan 28, 2015 Rosanne Capalbo
Jan 28, 2015 Kimberly Sowden
Jan 28, 2015 Yasemin Açıkgün
Jan 28, 2015 Jeannette Youngling
Jan 28, 2015 Kelsey Kennedy
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Stewart Cresswell
Jan 28, 2015 Jeannine Boone
Jan 28, 2015 Kathleen Ritchie
Jan 28, 2015 Laurie Ann Breen Stop the vicious killing of these helpless animals. Laurie Ann Breen
Jan 28, 2015 Denise Fitzpatrick
Jan 28, 2015 luwana dyer
Jan 28, 2015 Roberta Sato
Jan 28, 2015 Richard Engle

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