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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 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)
Jan 19, 2018 patricia kolchins
Jan 19, 2018 Jim Schumann
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please stop this inhumane practice!
Jan 19, 2018 Sheila White
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Paula Keenum
Jan 19, 2018 Alexander Damyanovich
Jan 19, 2018 Janine Alfieri
Jan 19, 2018 Ruth Johnston
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please stop this practice, dogs are loving companions, not a main course. It makes me sick to think that people think this is o.k.
Jan 19, 2018 sandy lubeck
Jan 19, 2018 Teresa Foster
Jan 19, 2018 Judy Hyder GOD knows who you are and what you're doing. This pure evil.
Jan 19, 2018 Sandra Zadora
Jan 19, 2018 Sharon Avello Please stop this horrible practice. Dogs are companion animals not something to eat.
Jan 19, 2018 Loredana buffoni
Jan 19, 2018 Janet Henkel
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Monika Fitzgerald
Jan 19, 2018 Peter Engels
Jan 19, 2018 Diane Persike
Jan 19, 2018 Margaret Murr
Jan 19, 2018 Paula Shannon
Jan 19, 2018 Sandra Britton
Jan 19, 2018 Bethany Kraft
Jan 19, 2018 Genevieve Haven Dogs are soulful beings with emotional lives. Please have a heart.
Jan 19, 2018 Lisa Heller Absolutely sadistic and evil
Jan 19, 2018 Karen Arnold Please put an end to this inhumane practice.
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2018 Thanassis Tartas
Jan 19, 2018 Pat roberts
Jan 19, 2018 MARY KING Dogs and cats are companion animals to be loved and protected not killed and eaten
Jan 19, 2018 michelle taylor
Jan 18, 2018 Conni Fialkowski
Jan 18, 2018 Gretchen SMITH

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