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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


Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Angela Anderson
Aug 16, 2018 Maren Knox
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Steven Dale
Aug 16, 2018 Fun yeung
Aug 15, 2018 Theresa Wong
Aug 14, 2018 S. Rydel
Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 Paula Kim We need to stop this cruel practice ASAP!
Aug 13, 2018 Phoebe Rufener Pressure S Korea to stop breeding dogs & cats for meat consumption . We animal lovers need to be the voice of the victimized animals. And spread the word. The abuser need to be outed! I’m greatful for the actions of all the animal welfare organizations!
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Courtney Gatchell
Aug 12, 2018 Anna Belle
Aug 12, 2018 Lena Mamleeva
Aug 12, 2018 Alisa Biterman
Aug 12, 2018 Андрей Емеляненко
Aug 12, 2018 Susan Johnstone
Aug 12, 2018 Sharon Parker Stop all breeding of dogs for consumption! Stop and punish cruel and inhumane treatment of canines!!
Aug 12, 2018 Marina Kotelnikova
Aug 11, 2018 Alena Nyzhnyk
Aug 11, 2018 Natalia Natasha
Aug 11, 2018 Marjorie Engle
Aug 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2018 Kim Lanier
Aug 11, 2018 Нина Волегова
Aug 11, 2018 Denise Freeman
Aug 11, 2018 Alisha Myers
Aug 11, 2018 Rena Rzayeva
Aug 11, 2018 Melissa Owens
Aug 9, 2018 CAMILLE GREEN
Aug 9, 2018 Lale Halimoglu
Aug 9, 2018 Fabrice HERMANN
Aug 9, 2018 Jonathan PIN
Aug 9, 2018 Valériane WELSCH
Aug 9, 2018 Agnès WELSCH
Aug 9, 2018 Danielle UNTERNEHR
Aug 8, 2018 Lynne Clark Dogs and cats should be pets not food.
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 7, 2018 Hans Blagovich
Aug 6, 2018 Mark Valentine Please STOP the abuse, torture, and killing of innocent dogs. Dogs Are loyal and loving animals and do NOT deserve to be treated this way. No animals deserve this. Would you want someone to treat you this way? Please SAVE their lives.
Aug 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Patti Bishop Please stop this horrible life for these precious animals. This practice should be banned. The Lord created these special animals for campanionship.
Aug 6, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 4, 2018 Vicki Bingo
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 Lisa Marrs ALL ANIMALS ARE IMPORTANT AND MUST BE PROTECTED!!

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