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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


Jun 24, 2018 Najma Cole
Jun 24, 2018 Joan Walker
Jun 24, 2018 julie huynh
Jun 22, 2018 Вера Шпинева
Jun 22, 2018 Dorothy Warder
Jun 22, 2018 Lee Davis
Jun 21, 2018 EVA DEROCHE
Jun 21, 2018 Julie Pennell Please stop this cruel practice.
Jun 21, 2018 J L
Jun 21, 2018 Zen Law
Jun 21, 2018 Carol Smith Help us stop this madness.
Jun 20, 2018 lydia rivera
Jun 20, 2018 tania rivera
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Natascha Feichtner
Jun 19, 2018 Rajiv Motwani
Jun 19, 2018 Georgios Ilias ANIMAL LOVERS BOYCOTT ALL KOREAN PRODUCTS.
Jun 19, 2018 Stephen Collier
Jun 19, 2018 Cassie Rowell
Jun 19, 2018 TERESA GRANDINETTI
Jun 19, 2018 David Stanley
Jun 19, 2018 Erin Faz
Jun 19, 2018 Marie Winter
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 J Trainor
Jun 19, 2018 kathleen mcnally
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Fraser All dogs and cats are companion animals. They are loving, caring, and dedicated and that's all they want in return. Identify all dogs and cats as companion animals regardless of their breed or birthplace and ban the senseless killing for human consumption
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Aníta Einarsdóttir
Jun 17, 2018 Robert Krone
Jun 17, 2018 Joyce McCollum
Jun 17, 2018 Martina TOPF STOP!!!
Jun 17, 2018 Terri Swarny
Jun 17, 2018 Renee Erdman
Jun 16, 2018 Gina Fendeu
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 John Holman
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Adenisset Adenisset
Jun 14, 2018 Jennifer Marks
Jun 14, 2018 walter vella
Jun 14, 2018 Debbie Strickland
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Dean LaPorte
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 12, 2018 Shawn Graham
Jun 12, 2018 Jill Heins
Jun 12, 2018 Kelly Rodriguez

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