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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

Jul 10, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is such a horrible practice and completely unnecessary.
Jul 10, 2014 Fancy Morneau
Jul 10, 2014 Donald Cox Every Korean face in America should hang in shame for these barbaric customs.
Jul 10, 2014 Nathalie Perry
Jul 10, 2014 Sharon Lunkwicz
Jul 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2014 George Garcia
Jul 10, 2014 Jolene Carpenter
Jul 10, 2014 PENELOPE Morgan It is intolerable for any civilised country to treat fellow creatures this way.
Jul 9, 2014 Becky Westfall Don't you have enough other types of meat & poultry to eat. Ever since I have know about the countries that practice it, I have vowed never to visit such cruel, backwards countries. I hope it makes you sick and tastes terrible when you eat it!
Jul 9, 2014 Merelyn Dolins
Jul 9, 2014 Sharon Clarke
Jul 9, 2014 Christopher Klimowicz
Jul 9, 2014 Francine Dolins
Jul 9, 2014 Astra Booth
Jul 9, 2014 Joyce Johnson When there are better options such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish...why eat our beloved companions? Until, there is a change...I am not buying cars and other products made in South Korea.
Jul 9, 2014 Linda Cook
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Peggy Hellen
Jul 9, 2014 Walter Botteldoorne
Jul 8, 2014 Dorothy E Bobowicz
Jul 8, 2014 A Guthrie Please don't eat these innocent creatures.
Jul 8, 2014 Liza Z
Jul 8, 2014 daphne joseph
Jul 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2014 guglielmo lanzilli
Jul 8, 2014 Kathleen Neely
Jul 8, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please stop the inhumane and barbaric practice of eating companion animals. Show us that South Korea is the progressive, modern nation we would like to think it is.
Jul 8, 2014 Laura McDonald
Jul 8, 2014 Carol Weideman the practice of the dog and cat meat trade is disgusting.
Jul 8, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please put an end to eating this type of meat! These are companions NOT food.
Jul 8, 2014 Michelle Melanson
Jul 8, 2014 Juhonna Lahaie
Jul 8, 2014 Kathleen Rutili
Jul 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2014 Hilda Colls
Jul 8, 2014 Janice Hynek
Jul 8, 2014 Crystal Quandt
Jul 8, 2014 Tracy Britton When the hand of compassion reaches out to all creatures.....
Jul 8, 2014 Jeannette Ernst
Jul 8, 2014 Marilyn Leeson-Kay
Jul 7, 2014 Maria George
Jul 7, 2014 Ricky Antony Sugiarta
Jul 7, 2014 lourdes sever
Jul 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2014 Amy Schultz
Jul 7, 2014 Susette Stough

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