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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

Feb 24, 2018 Anne Bell
Feb 24, 2018 Susanne Heinz
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 phyl commisso
Feb 24, 2018 caro shu
Feb 24, 2018 Jenny Owens
Feb 24, 2018 Evelyn Lechner
Feb 24, 2018 Alyse Vasil
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 GHABY BARRAZA
Feb 24, 2018 Terry Pompa
Feb 24, 2018 Michele Chartier
Feb 24, 2018 Verena Kölling
Feb 24, 2018 Tina Hall
Feb 24, 2018 Marleen Neus
Feb 24, 2018 Cai Cornish
Feb 24, 2018 Debbie Reed
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Elizabeth Fry
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop this now 🙏
Feb 24, 2018 Dennis Miller
Feb 23, 2018 Ashley McLawhorn Please end this!!!!
Feb 23, 2018 Christina Huckaby
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Michelle Kraft You are horrible people for the way you treat your animals
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Kate Mensing Animals are a gift form God
Feb 23, 2018 brigitte t
Feb 23, 2018 Jennifer Gindt
Feb 23, 2018 kristin sullivan
Feb 23, 2018 rochette c
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Miriam Amari
Feb 23, 2018 Lara Taylor
Feb 23, 2018 Marilyn Turney
Feb 23, 2018 Manuela Hochholzer
Feb 23, 2018 Gloria Thomas Please stop the slaughter of innocent dogs for consumption. They are loving, companion animals who just want loving homes. They don't deserve to be killed by you in brutal barbaric ways. Please stop.
Feb 23, 2018 Carmela Fortier This is a horrendous and needs to stop. No animal should have to suffer like this, please stop this abuse it’s sickening!
Feb 23, 2018 Luz Miguel
Feb 23, 2018 Edna Libari
Feb 23, 2018 Rose Caffarelli
Feb 23, 2018 Mary Whitelaw
Feb 23, 2018 Marnie Spencer
Feb 22, 2018 Pierinna Perez
Feb 22, 2018 Susan Bamford
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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