S. Korea is the only country in the world with large-scale, commercial dog meat farms. The animals live in disease and filth, and at slaughter are often savagely beaten just because people believe torture makes the meat taste better.
But a new bill could finally stop the cruelty. Rep. Lee Sang-don of the Bareunmirae Party has proposed legislation to exclude dogs from the Livestock Industry Act, effectively prohibiting dog farming.
The bill comes just before summer, a season of terror for dogs in South Korea -- and we must speak out to help this lifesaving legislation succeed.
This time of year brings the gruesome Bok Nal Dog Eating Days, when millions of dogs are strung up, hung by the neck in a slow, painful death, and butchered for meat.
During Bok Nal -- which occurs over three days believed to be the hottest of the season -- more dogs are killed and eaten in the country than during the entire rest of the year, usually in the form of boshintang, or dog meat soup.
The dog meat is wrongly thought to have a "cooling effect" -- even though in other parts of Asia, it is believed to have the opposite effect, and is eaten in winter instead.
S. Korea's current leader, President Moon Jae-In, has compassion for animals and has even adopted a dog rescued from the meat trade, named Tory. Furthermore, activists throughout S. Korea are calling for an end to dog and cat meat, which is not only horrifically cruel, but tarnishes their international reputation. Most S. Koreans are against dog meat, and want the cruelty to end.
Sign this petition to urge S. Korean Ambassador Joe Yoon Je and President Moon to show the world they are a great and compassionate nation, and work to pass this bill and end all dog and cat meat in the nation.