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South Korea is the only country in the world known to intensively breed dogs for human consumption. Thousands of dog meat farms across the country breed an estimated 2.5 million dogs each year who are confined in small, barren cages outdoors. They live in states of perpetual fear, boredom, hunger and disease, often resulting in self-mutilation. For those who survive, their fate is a brutal death at one of the nation's markets or slaughterhouses.

Most people in South Korea don't regularly eat dog meat. Public opinion is turning and, like us, they agree that dogs are friends not food and that all dogs are equally worthy of compassion and protection from cruelty.

Humane Society International and our partners are committed to ending the dog meat industry in South Korea, by exposing the cruelty, raising vital public and political awareness, and increasing support for a phase out. A vital step towards this goal is the legal recognition of all dogs as companion animals protected from cruelty.

Please sign our petition calling on the South Korean government to identify all dogs and cats as companion animals under the law regardless of breed or place of birth, and to ban the slaughter of these animals for human consumption.

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Dear President Moon Jae-In and the South Korean government,

I am deeply concerned about the millions of dogs caught up in South Korea's brutal dog meat industry, and I respectfully urge you to take action to protect them.

South Korea is the only country in the world known to have established a large-scale intensive dog meat farming industry, in which more than 2.5 million dogs a year endure brutal lives and painful deaths for their meat — a delicacy food that fewer and fewer Koreans choose to eat. The suffering of these dogs is undeniable. They are kept in small barren cages, without protection from the harsh elements or even a solid floor on which to stand. Physical injury from self-mutilation or fighting are commonplace, and death from disease, hunger, or exposure is rife. For those who survive the grim farm life, death by electrocution is painful and terrifying. Furthermore, the indiscriminate use of antibiotics on these farms to keep the animals alive poses grave risks to human health.

Across Asia there is an ever-growing number of countries and territories prohibiting the trade in and consumption of dog meat, on the grounds of human health risks, animal protection, and dogs’ special roles as companion animals.

Pet ownership is rising rapidly in South Korea and with that comes a responsibility to provide adequate legislation to protect animals from cruelty. Throughout the world, dogs loyally assist us as therapists in hospitals and schools and serve with our armed forces and police to protect us. Dogs on dog meat farms are capable of being just as loyal and loving. The dog meat industry is the ultimate betrayal of this special relationship. Public opinion polls in South Korea show mounting opposition towards this cruel industry amidst concerns for animal welfare and human health. Action to protect all dogs and cats from this inherently cruel industry would be applauded and celebrated nationally and globally.

I applaud South Korea for its ongoing amendments to strengthen national animal protection laws. I respectfully urge you to enact legislation that identifies all dogs and cats as companion animals, regardless of breed or place of birth, and bans their slaughter for human consumption.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Jan 17, 2018 Anthony Rodriguez
Jan 17, 2018 Ramona Draeger
Jan 17, 2018 Brenda Rader
Jan 17, 2018 Gail Roberts
Jan 17, 2018 Justine Lakin
Jan 17, 2018 Tracy Barnard
Jan 17, 2018 Mary Sanfratello
Jan 17, 2018 Jean Gurkin
Jan 17, 2018 Richard Keith Disgusting
Jan 17, 2018 Janet Moncure
Jan 17, 2018 Janet Virnig
Jan 17, 2018 Anne S. Buttner
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 maureen kenny this practice of eating dogs is inhumane and has to stop now !
Jan 17, 2018 KIM FENTON As an ethical vegan, I'm against eating any animals, not companion, farmed, or any other non-human species. Farmed animals are among the most abused animals on earth, and we brutally slaughter about 9 billion of them EVERY year! #WhyLoveOneButEatTheOther
Jan 17, 2018 Pat Foster
Jan 17, 2018 Gayla Bonner
Jan 17, 2018 Gloria Bryant Dogs and cats are family members and should be treated and protected in the same manner that you would treat and protect your children or grandchildren. Unless you are breeding children for meat, stop breeding dogs and/or cats for meat!
Jan 17, 2018 Angela Lees
Jan 17, 2018 Hannelore Meyer Please stop it.
Jan 17, 2018 Michelle Mehlhorn
Jan 17, 2018 Beverly Ford
Jan 17, 2018 Gail Kieler
Jan 17, 2018 Sheri Olans
Jan 17, 2018 Mary Ellen Long
Jan 17, 2018 Sandy Norris
Jan 17, 2018 cynthia wedlund Dogs are companion animals, this makes this cruel practice even more barbaric then factory farming. This is not a practice that a civilized society could condone
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 Eileen Wagner
Jan 17, 2018 Susan Pittman
Jan 17, 2018 Polly Jackson
Jan 17, 2018 Lindie Brown
Jan 17, 2018 Carol Goerke
Jan 17, 2018 Richard Barker
Jan 17, 2018 Sandi Aden
Jan 17, 2018 Dianne Douglas
Jan 17, 2018 Enid Breakstone
Jan 17, 2018 Anna Piecha
Jan 17, 2018 Genevieve Mammino
Jan 17, 2018 lynne livingston
Jan 17, 2018 Kathleen Jones This just plain barbaric and beyond cruel. Dogs are not food. They are companions! Stop this insanity. Eyes of the world see you as evil and cruel. End your inhumanity now!!
Jan 17, 2018 Laura Hoevel
Jan 17, 2018 Sara Denluck
Jan 17, 2018 Joe Hollerich
Jan 17, 2018 Anna Jasiukiewicz
Jan 17, 2018 Janet Bauer this is one of the top despicable inhuman acts on the planet. it's extremely difficult to believe alleged smart human beings can stoop this low
Jan 17, 2018 christine burgess
Jan 17, 2018 Miguelina Carlot Dogs and cats are our friends and give us unconditional love. Please stop eating your friends.
Jan 17, 2018 Carmen Miranda

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