Stop the Torture and Consumption of Dogs in Korea

Every year approximately TWO MILLION dogs are inhumanely caged, tortured and used for food in Korea! The dogs are crammed like vegetables into crates. When a customer makes a selection, the dogs are roughly yanked from the cage and intentionally abused before being slaughtered for the sale.

We are calling upon the Korean government to:
* enforce the existing law under the Korean Animal Protection Act, and
* to strengthen the existing law by amending it to unequivocally state that dogs and cats shall not be slaughtered for human consumption.

This practice of killing and eating dogs is not because of some long-standing cultural tradition. In fact, most Koreans find the cruelty and killing appalling. Yet it continues because it is backed by government indifference and because profit-driven industry forces aggressively promote the myth that eating severely mistreated dogs increases sexual potency.

Now is the time to stop this inhumane practice. Please join IDA and our Korean colleagues by signing this petition urging the Korean government to strengthen and enforce animal protection laws so that these cruelties can be brought to an end!

As an official with the power to make a difference, I urge you to please use your authority to support an amendment to strengthen Korea's Animal Protection Law to ban the torture, killing, sale and consumption of dogs and cats.

I am appalled and shocked to learn about the rampant cruelties inflicted upon animals that have been documented in Korea's live food markets. The dogs are raised in the most hideous and cruel environments, only to be beaten and slaughtered by the millions.

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There is no appropriate animal protection legislation to prevent the prevailing animal cruelty currently taking place in Korea. As someone who believes strongly that animals should not be treated in this way, I have the following requests:

1. I urge the Korean Government to strengthen the Korean Animal Protection Law to prevent animal cruelty and to introduce basic animal protection regulations. It must also provide penalties for violations and ensure that mistreated animals can be legally seized from abusers and given immediate refuge.

2. I request that the Korean Government create an enforceable law to ban the torture, killing, sale and consumption of dogs and cats.

Without banning the dog and cat meat trade and amending the Animal Protection Law to the global standard, Korea will not enjoy the respect commensurate with the country's international stature.

I will not buy Korean goods, support Korean businesses, or visit Korea until the horrors come to an end.
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