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South Korea Will Kill 15 Million Dogs Before It Phases Out Eating Dog Meat

ANIMAL WATCH - Sources in South Korea are now saying that the Committee formed to abolish dog meat is contemplating a proposal to phase out dog meat over 8 years or over 15 years.

This means that 8 million to 15 million more dogs could be tortured and killed. 

More than one million dogs are killed and eaten every year in South Korea.  Prior to their deaths, these dogs endure a lifetime of abuse and are often slaughtered in a completely inhumane and brutal manner.  As stated by KoreanDogs.org:

“Dogs suffer their entire lives in filthy, feces encrusted raised wire cages in utter misery only to be slaughtered in the most horrific ways. They are killed by electrocution, hammer strikes to their head and necks, being hung, being beaten to death, having their throats slit, being burned alive with a blowtorch, or thrown into a vat of boiling water while still alive.”

“[D]ogs are killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs who tremble with terror.  These poor dogs are often burned alive in their cages, unable to escape.  …  Also, people’s beloved pets are often stolen and sold to these businesses, where they meet the same horrific fate. Dogs and puppies who died of diseases are tossed away like garbage, often left in front of cages to rot while the mother dogs watch and cry out in despair for their dead babies.”

Here are some undercover videos of dog meat farms and slaughterhouses:

Undercover video of South Korean Dog Meat Industry  https://youtu.be/iwQmt7w4jaE

Shocking cruelty of South Korea’s dog meat industry: 

Part 1 of 2  https://youtu.be/_ZVQjgGb4RQ

Part 2 of 2  https://youtu.be/ivHffcM5B6w

What’s Happening in a Dog Farm in South Korea  https://youtu.be/N0dZjTw-gOA

It was believed that great progress was being made in abolishing the Dog Meat Trade in South Korea.  On September 27, 2021, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told the Prime Minister: “Hasn’t the time come to prudently consider prohibiting dog meat consumption?”  In December 2021, the South Korean Government formed the Consultative Discussion Committee on Ending Dog Meat Consumption (the “Committee”).  The Committee consists of Government Ministers, dog meat farmers, butchers, dog meat shop owners, and representatives of Animal Welfare Organizations. 

The Committee was expected to release its report on how to proceed by April 2022, but extended its deadline two months to June.  The Committee stated: “Members have found common ground that an end to dog meat consumption is in line with the times, but an agreement has yet to be reached.”  See Decision Expected On Banning South Korean Dog Meat, June 20, 2022. 

The Committee has still not released its report.  Sources in South Korea are now saying that the Committee is contemplating a proposal to phase out dog meat over 8 years or over 15 years.  This means that 8 to 15 million more dogs could suffer the torture and death described above during the phase-out period.  Animal welfare organizations in South Korea, including Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE)/Watchdog, are outraged about this.  Giving the dog meat industry 8 to 15 years to phase out will be worse than nothing, making it harder for these organizations to work to shut down the dog meat industry under existing laws. Please see https://koreandogs.org/ 

The United States is spending billions of dollars, and our military personnel are putting their lives on the line, to assist our ally South Korea in deterring invasion or nuclear attack from the North.  Tens of thousands of Americans died in the Korean War, and tens of thousands were wounded, protecting South Korea.  As well as being our best friends and family members, dogs serve in our armed forces and alongside our First Responders.  Dogs are instrumental in working with returning Veterans with PTSD and other serious injuries.  It is not too much to ask that if South Korea wants the United States to continue to defend it, South Korea conform to standards of civility and decency and stop torturing and killing dogs. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Send an e-People petition to the South Korean government.  Go to: https://koreandogs.org/call-south-korea/    Go to where it says “Click HERE to file a petition with the South Korean government online.” 

Sign KoreanDogs.org’s petition here.  

For more that you can do, please click here

What does this have to do with Los Angeles?  On July 3, 2019, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing dog meat.  The resolution supports legislation or administrative action that would request the governments of China, Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia, and Cambodia to ban the sale of dog meat and enforce their animal cruelty laws. 

It is the official position of the City of Los Angeles to oppose the Dog Meat Trade in China, Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia, and Cambodia.  Please see the City Council Resolution which is here:  https://koreandogs.org/la-resolution/

The City Council Resolution against dog meat originated as a resolution of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC).  Please see the VANC Resolution.  

For additional information please see LA Passes Anti-Dog Meat Resolution Saving Millions of Dogs from Brutal Torture and Death

Help Stop the Brutal Torture and Killing of Tens of Millions of Dogs in the Dog Meat Trade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODnqM3b85r0  (Congressman Brad Sherman’s statement regarding what he will do about it)

Other information about banning the dog meat trade, including in other countries, can be found here and in the links contained in those articles.

(Jeffrey Mausner (https://mausnerlaw.com/ ) is the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils Liaison to the Los Angeles Animal Services Department, 2nd Vice President of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council and Chair of its Animal Welfare Committee, and a Volunteer at the West Valley Animal Shelter.  He was previously a Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate and is now a Budget Representative. He is a retired attorney and law school professor and was formerly a Federal Prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department.  This article is written in his individual capacity.)