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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 Maria Alice Simao
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Sharyn Beckman
May 21, 2018 Lisa Dickstein
May 21, 2018 Amanda Spears
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Monica Baciu
May 21, 2018 Anusha Ramachandra
May 21, 2018 Stephen Powderly
May 21, 2018 mayra Villar
May 21, 2018 Mireille M
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Jim Aldrich
May 21, 2018 Guy Chevalier
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Simone Rendell-Shelby
May 21, 2018 Anna Plumides
May 21, 2018 Linda Holroyd
May 21, 2018 Yvonne Caldeon Please stop this abuse. These animals are not to be eaten they are pets, they give comfort and even protection.
May 21, 2018 Dave Croft
May 21, 2018 Noreen Styacko
May 21, 2018 Lidia FISCHER
May 21, 2018 Nick & Ryan
May 21, 2018 Peggy McTaggart-Draper
May 21, 2018 Lorraine Merkel Please change the laws in South Korea that allow slaughtering and eating companion animals such as dogs and cats.8
May 21, 2018 Nicholas Mouzourakis
May 21, 2018 Izabelle Carli
May 21, 2018 Marci Martino
May 21, 2018 jen plishka
May 21, 2018 Kathleen Jaissle
May 21, 2018 Sandra Thornton
May 21, 2018 Lana Petrou
May 21, 2018 Cindy Hathaway
May 21, 2018 murielle planchamp
May 21, 2018 Andreea Asofronie
May 21, 2018 Annikka Sapkota Eating companion animals such as cats and dogs is especially monstrous!
May 21, 2018 melissa gray
May 21, 2018 Mary Smith
May 21, 2018 Bonnie Arbuckle
May 21, 2018 kirsi kalliomäki
May 21, 2018 Sandra Eschbach
May 21, 2018 Donna b
May 21, 2018 Barbara Alves
May 21, 2018 ronnie shinault
May 21, 2018 Linda Jones
May 21, 2018 Jana S
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Nancy McCullough
May 21, 2018 margo molin

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