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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


May 21, 2018 Donna Erie Dogs are pets, not food.
May 21, 2018 Kristen Elizondo
May 21, 2018 Olivia Crissey
May 21, 2018 Melissa Odom
May 21, 2018 Brandon Schrank
May 21, 2018 bernedene sobreira
May 21, 2018 Clare Rooney
May 21, 2018 Cristina Kreindler
May 21, 2018 Elida Graciela Magaro'
May 21, 2018 James Ehrgott STOP THE BRUTALITY TO THESE DOGS! They are helpless victims who need to be protected from these cruel measures.
May 21, 2018 Gloria Merlino
May 21, 2018 Tina Gaal
May 21, 2018 Laura Mallory
May 21, 2018 Elaine Guernari
May 21, 2018 Melodie Collins
May 21, 2018 Amy Plamann
May 21, 2018 jole Lheureux
May 21, 2018 Angela Mehaffey
May 21, 2018 Linda Horsfield Only sub human savages cannot be moved by the terror that these innocent dogs endure and I am absolutely horrified and disgusted that the government actively condone such cruelty to animals.
May 21, 2018 Shari Ide
May 21, 2018 Lauren Amy Duke
May 21, 2018 Rosie Benson
May 21, 2018 Jackie Giardino
May 21, 2018 Antoinette Lucisano
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Stormy Jech
May 21, 2018 rox marsau
May 21, 2018 Gale Hemingway
May 21, 2018 Cristina Ghilezeanu
May 21, 2018 cAROLINE VERDONK
May 21, 2018 Vicki Kruger Please stop this cruelty against pets!
May 21, 2018 Sarah Kurtz-Campbell
May 21, 2018 Laura Litopoulos
May 21, 2018 Wendy Smith
May 21, 2018 Daniela de luigi
May 21, 2018 Paula Conoscenti
May 21, 2018 LORRAINE CRIMANDO
May 21, 2018 Alexandru Jelev
May 21, 2018 Ingmar van der Burg
May 21, 2018 Nicola Viljoen
May 21, 2018 Tiziana Vitali
May 21, 2018 Héctor Alfonso
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Ingrid Bird
May 21, 2018 Tracy Eddleston This is barbaric, sadistic and cruel and as a country you should hang your heads in shame. The world looks on at you in disgust at how you have no regard for animals
May 21, 2018 Barbara Kennedy
May 21, 2018 sharon hart
May 21, 2018 Lauren Bryant
May 21, 2018 tracy nelson

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