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Dogs and cats are our companions here in the United States, but in some areas of South Korea, they are considered culinary delicacies. Up to two million dogs and cats are slaughtered for their meat and consumed each year in South Korea.
In most cases, the animals grow up in unsanitary, factory farm-like conditions with little protection from extreme weather and no exercise, companionship or medical care. When it comes time for slaughter, dogs can be electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death.
Although a fair number of South Koreans have eaten dog meat at least once in their lifetime, only a small percentage eats it regularly. In fact, there is a large and vocal group of Korean people against dog meat consumption.
Nevertheless, the dog meat trade is a profit-driven, tax-free and unregulated industry, and due to the demand for meat across Southeast Asia, the South Korean government continues to support it.
Call on the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to make the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat illegal.
Dear Minister Lee Dong-phil:
While some in South Korea practice the long-time tradition of consuming cats and dogs, we in America attest to the true inhumane nature of consumption of domesticated pets. I'm writing to insist that the South Korean government rethink its support of an industry that perpetuates deplorable treatment of dogs and cats.
Cultural biases aside, it's impossible to deny that dogs in the meat trade are treated miserably in South Korea. The vast majority of these animals suffer greatly, both throughout their lives and in death. The manner in which most are slaughtered should raise alarm bells for us all, and not just in those opposed to eating dog meat.
Additionally, polls have shown that only a small percentage of South Koreans eat dog meat regularly, and that most are offended by this cruel, profit-fueled industry.
I think it's time the government represent its majority and cease support for this inhumane practice. Do the right thing. Make the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat illegal.
Thank you for considering my comments.