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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

Jul 19, 2018 taraneh monfared
Jul 19, 2018 Gerelene Metcalf
Jul 19, 2018 Janell Templeton
Jul 19, 2018 Sonya Smith
Jul 19, 2018 Rowenda Streefkerk Stop the horrific torture, killing and eating of dogs and cats! Stop the horrific dog and cat meat trade NOW!!! DOGS AND CATS ARE NOT FOOD, THEY ARE PETS, YOUR BEST FRIEND! YOU DON'T EAT YOUR BEST FRIEND!!! LET'S STOP THIS FORGOOD!!!
Jul 19, 2018 Peggy Dimitrakopoulou
Jul 19, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 19, 2018 Antonella Grimaldi
Jul 19, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 18, 2018 Gabrielle Huang
Jul 18, 2018 Hope Welch
Jul 18, 2018 Vera Justino
Jul 18, 2018 tatiana ferramosca stop dog and cat meat
Jul 18, 2018 Jennifer HOST-SIMON
Jul 17, 2018 Sam Orlando
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt Oh my Lord!
Jul 17, 2018 Ingeborg Perner
Jul 17, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 17, 2018 Pamela Powell
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 c Sledge
Jul 17, 2018 Erika McLeod
Jul 17, 2018 Jennifer Leber
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Hurley
Jul 17, 2018 Jeanette Roth
Jul 17, 2018 Larisa Sume
Jul 16, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 16, 2018 Kirsten vanheurck
Jul 16, 2018 Kirsten vanheurck
Jul 16, 2018 Karen Deveraux
Jul 16, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 16, 2018 kristel Van Heurck
Jul 16, 2018 JANNA NEPERUD
Jul 16, 2018 Melissa Aronow
Jul 16, 2018 Joanne Ardizzone Stop the abuse and torture. The US Military wives will be grateful.
Jul 16, 2018 Rosalie Spear Please these creatures were meant to be pets, not food!
Jul 16, 2018 Lana La Fata
Jul 16, 2018 Jeanne Stevens
Jul 16, 2018 Blanca López Pérez
Jul 15, 2018 Gloria Wilkins
Jul 15, 2018 Susan Farquharson
Jul 15, 2018 Jean Bushman
Jul 15, 2018 becky turnbough
Jul 15, 2018 j h
Jul 15, 2018 beulah hornback

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