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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

Mar 24, 2018 Elaine Dobish
Mar 24, 2018 I. Campoamor
Mar 24, 2018 Luz Cadena
Mar 24, 2018 Katherine Stern
Mar 24, 2018 Karyn Pappel
Mar 23, 2018 Wade Holdsworth
Mar 23, 2018 Anna Chan
Mar 23, 2018 Richard Colton
Mar 23, 2018 Ruth Vargas Stop cruelty against animals
Mar 23, 2018 Elaine Muller
Mar 23, 2018 Jessica Gullbrand
Mar 23, 2018 Michalla Courtoreille
Mar 23, 2018 Sevda Karagedik
Mar 23, 2018 Kate Evans
Mar 23, 2018 Ruth Schäferbarthold
Mar 23, 2018 Demetra Mihalopoulos
Mar 22, 2018 Cristina daCruz
Mar 22, 2018 Lori Glad
Mar 22, 2018 Len Scalise
Mar 22, 2018 Sandra Lewin
Mar 22, 2018 Sherril DellaCamera
Mar 21, 2018 lisa fields
Mar 21, 2018 Carrie Madden
Mar 21, 2018 Loula Columbus
Mar 21, 2018 George Murphy
Mar 21, 2018 Tracy Byers
Mar 21, 2018 LuAnn Becker
Mar 21, 2018 Dona Doig
Mar 20, 2018 joseph cinelli
Mar 20, 2018 Guy Chevalier
Mar 20, 2018 linda BORNER
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2018 Harvey Stabbe
Mar 19, 2018 caitlin caldwell
Mar 19, 2018 claudine gillard
Mar 19, 2018 Carla Carnes Please stop using dogs for food. They are treated horribly while waiting for death and it reflects badly on South Korea. They should be companion animals.
Mar 19, 2018 Evelyn Mancino
Mar 19, 2018 Eileen O'Neill Very disturbing to see. The fact that the Olympics were there I found especially unrealistic and disheartening. We are their voices.
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Sherry Magowan
Mar 18, 2018 linda riley
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Libby Dirksen
Mar 18, 2018 Janet Dixon
Mar 18, 2018 Kim Anderson
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 R Teresa Best It's unbelievable that this barbaric practice continues. Dogs are the most loyal of animals and are capable of love, fear and intense grief. STOP IT NOW
Mar 18, 2018 Carole DeMaio The pictures say it all!!
Mar 18, 2018 Doris Cole
Mar 18, 2018 Ana Suarez

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