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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

Feb 20, 2018 Filiz Onder
Feb 20, 2018 Kathi Riddle
Feb 20, 2018 Aurora Bulea
Feb 20, 2018 Liesbeth Put
Feb 20, 2018 Peggy Mason
Feb 20, 2018 Natacha Paggen
Feb 20, 2018 Rosette Plattiau
Feb 20, 2018 Shana Babin
Feb 20, 2018 Debra Bowles
Feb 20, 2018 Susanne Murek Dogs are no food. I will make a huge effort not to purchase any Korean products! This has to stop!
Feb 19, 2018 Stephany Perez
Feb 19, 2018 Fateh Sidhu
Feb 19, 2018 Paula Gonzalez Please stop the farming of dogs and cats for the meat trade.
Feb 19, 2018 J. Brown
Feb 19, 2018 Janice Prokop-Heitman
Feb 19, 2018 Toni Garcia
Feb 19, 2018 Danielle Eriksen Respectfully President Moon Jae-In, stop enabling the inhumane & barbaric dog meat industry! You have such a wonderful, progressive country & this stains your reputation
Feb 19, 2018 Karen Kreusch Why would the U.S. agree to hold the Olympics in a country known for such animal cruelty? Never again!
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 E HARRISON
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Barbaric behavior towards companion animals.
Feb 19, 2018 leander kyriacou
Feb 19, 2018 Jeanine Klein
Feb 19, 2018 Tem Munsiff Dogs and Cats Stand for LOVE & companionship. NOT food...
Feb 19, 2018 Janet sears All lives matter.
Feb 19, 2018 Chuck Catero This is unbelievable! I will make a huge effort to not purchase any Korean products! Until this ugly behavior is stopped!
Feb 19, 2018 Jacqueline Watkins
Feb 19, 2018 Sandra Woodall
Feb 19, 2018 Pam Richards THIS HAS TO STOP! They need to stop doing this to these wonderfully loving PETS, not FOOD!
Feb 19, 2018 Debbie Gerberich
Feb 19, 2018 Bambi Magie
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) All animals must be taken care give them love and care. People who doesn't Karma please take care of them.
Feb 19, 2018 Isabelle Lohrke
Feb 19, 2018 Marilyn/Fred Putz Dogs are not food! Consumption by humans is just about the most canabalistic thing we've ever heard!
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Linda Weinberg Dogs should not be kept in inhumane conditions and killed for human consumption and so horrifically. They deserve to be treated well.
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Karin Scheps
Feb 19, 2018 doug steier
Feb 19, 2018 Sharon Kirk
Feb 19, 2018 elizabeth hosingco
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Ketayun Bamji
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Mary Coolidge
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) I have been introduced to your beautiful country by watching the 2018 Olympics. I was surprised that such a progressive country still butchers dogs for meat. I will never visit a country that does that. Please outlaw this barbaric practice.
Feb 19, 2018 Barbara Toering Please all the World is watching you. Please stop your cruel treatment of the dogs and stop eating them, it is so wrong. Thank you
Feb 19, 2018 Mitzi Coons
Feb 19, 2018 Virginia Caperton

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