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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


Jan 18, 2018 Pete Wilson
Jan 18, 2018 Denise Horning
Jan 18, 2018 Connie Swenson No civilized country would eat cats or dogs! This degrades the country of South Korea in the eyes of the world.
Jan 18, 2018 Candace LeBlanc
Jan 18, 2018 Anne Clare
Jan 18, 2018 kandace smith The treatment of these animals is a measurement of our level of humanity...Let us not fail this test...please . protect these animals and ban this practice .
Jan 18, 2018 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Jan 18, 2018 Kathleen Bates Dogs and cats are companions, NOT food.
Jan 18, 2018 Laura Ramirez
Jan 18, 2018 Beverly Mays
Jan 18, 2018 Carol Jakobovits
Jan 18, 2018 RJ Rehm
Jan 18, 2018 john stone
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) Isn’t South Korea the good one? What’s up with this?
Jan 18, 2018 ELENI DIAMANTI
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) There is no excuse for this cruelty and knowingly cause this kind of suffering in live animals. End this brutality.
Jan 18, 2018 Kimberly Loureiro
Jan 18, 2018 Marcia Nickerson
Jan 18, 2018 Gaynelle Eggers Seriously. Maybe we should put a few of them in small cages and dine on a few of them. Stop it now.
Jan 18, 2018 Janet Schmittgens
Jan 18, 2018 Susan Rehm Dogs are not meant to be eaten they are for companionship, serve to help others for loving and loyalty to man.
Jan 18, 2018 Julie Cipale
Jan 18, 2018 marie-agnes lhuillier
Jan 18, 2018 Charles Hurd
Jan 18, 2018 Rhonda Hurd
Jan 18, 2018 Diane Bonilla
Jan 18, 2018 ilia kaku
Jan 18, 2018 Catherine Marshall Shame, shame, shame on South Korea for promoting this cruel practice! Clean up your act.
Jan 18, 2018 Sue McCue
Jan 18, 2018 THERESA HEBRON
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Michelle Viso Please stop this inhumane practice. It's beyond cruel. Dogs are pets, not food.
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Rebecca Toney
Jan 18, 2018 Leslie Reiter
Jan 18, 2018 Jennifer West
Jan 18, 2018 Alenka Stupica
Jan 18, 2018 lynn Simpson
Jan 18, 2018 Laurel Wagner
Jan 18, 2018 Nadya Ali
Jan 18, 2018 LUCIA CISLAGHI
Jan 18, 2018 Lisa Lodar
Jan 18, 2018 Dee Egger Eating loving, intelligent, sentient animals is barbaric and inhumane.
Jan 18, 2018 Mary Utley Stop this insanity !!!
Jan 18, 2018 Raymond Ings
Jan 18, 2018 Cindi Goldberg
Jan 18, 2018 Linda Hawkins
Jan 18, 2018 Alta Brewer
Jan 17, 2018 Jonathan Barnes
Jan 17, 2018 Jessica Geiger

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