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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 20, 2018 Dolors Salvo
Jan 20, 2018 Deborah Clarke
Jan 20, 2018 bonni fox
Jan 20, 2018 Butch Moto
Jan 20, 2018 Judith` Zufi These people are the closest resemblance to savages. How can any country support this cruelty? Amazed they do not eat each other.
Jan 20, 2018 Lisa Gray Sickeningly cruel!
Jan 20, 2018 Shelley Ball
Jan 20, 2018 Judy Carlberg
Jan 19, 2018 Lucas Suarez Field
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) I feel horrible knowing what they do to these "pets". You're all going to h^ll.
Jan 19, 2018 Tricia Kaplan
Jan 19, 2018 Dani Gamez
Jan 19, 2018 Silvia Pozuelos
Jan 19, 2018 Alberta McLaren
Jan 19, 2018 Christie Rawls
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Jennifer Rowland
Jan 19, 2018 namita dalal
Jan 19, 2018 Eri Sugino
Jan 19, 2018 Renee Sienkowski
Jan 19, 2018 Alice Artzt
Jan 19, 2018 Beth Smith
Jan 19, 2018 Peggy Reyes
Jan 19, 2018 Albert Chou
Jan 19, 2018 GIGI LIEBENTHAL
Jan 19, 2018 Anne Thurber
Jan 19, 2018 Judy Pool
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop your Sick Torturer you will have to go through all the PAIN and SUFFERING that YOU did to EACH and EVERY ANIMAL SOULS YOU HARMED the day YOU leave this Earth KARMA is a BITCH and it is ALL YOURS
Jan 19, 2018 Darlene Wilson Please, please, please put a stop to this! These animals are pets/companions, NOT FOOD!
Jan 19, 2018 Deborah Vizvary
Jan 19, 2018 Patricia Carcasses This must be stopped now!
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please stop this inhumane practice!
Jan 19, 2018 J Johnson
Jan 19, 2018 Lucye Butler
Jan 19, 2018 Janet Mills Please let South Korea and the other Asian countries (i.e. China!) learn that dogs and other animals can better serve their citizens in ways other than as food. Humane treatment of living beings is what this world should be working toward!
Jan 19, 2018 DAVE AND JUDITH DEPEW
Jan 19, 2018 Cheryl Janiszewski
Jan 19, 2018 janice moore
Jan 19, 2018 Faith Colbrunn
Jan 19, 2018 Julie Anderson
Jan 19, 2018 Jackie Jones
Jan 19, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
Jan 19, 2018 Tracey Morla
Jan 19, 2018 Lynne Zwak Stop this inhumane practice!
Jan 19, 2018 Ken Baros
Jan 19, 2018 John La Stella
Jan 19, 2018 Deni Huffman
Jan 19, 2018 Romula DSilva
Jan 19, 2018 Iffat Ahmad
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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