Target: Lee Jae-myung, Mayor of Seongnam, South Korea
Goal: Praise groundbreaking ban on the slaughtering of dogs in a major South Korean market.
Dogs will no longer be slaughtered in Moran Market in Seongnam, one of South Korea’s largest dog meat markets. City officials will soon begin confiscating slaughter equipment from market sellers. Animal rights groups hope that the ban will lead to the eventual shutdown of the market, where over 80,000 dogs are killed annually. Some expect the market to be entirely dismantled by summer of 2017.
The Moran Market is one of the biggest hubs for the dog meat trade, selling one third of all of the country’s dog meat. Buyers can choose their animals from cages, where they are forced to endure the day’s hot weather without shade or water. Buyers can then watch their chosen dogs be slaughtered right before their eyes, often with inhumane methods such as electrocution.
Media reports state that the city of Seongnam will also be footing the tab to help dog farmers transition into different lines of work. This way, not only will the dog meat market close, but those who rely on the market for money will not be left without a source of income.
This move could not only signal the end of this massive dog meat market, but is a huge step in ending the dog meat trade throughout South Korea. Not only will tens of thousands of animals be saved from cruel upbringings and painful deaths, but farmers will be given a chance to start new, more humane careers. Sign the petition below to applaud this groundbreaking announcement by the city of Seongnam.
Dear Lee Jae-myung,
Seongnam recently announced a ban on slaughtering dogs at the Moran Market, a major hub for the South Korean dog meat trade. City officials will soon begin confiscating slaughter equipment, effectively shutting down the dog meat trade in this market, where over 80,000 dogs are slaughtered annually. This move could be the first step in a nationwide ban on the trade and sale of dog meat.
This move will save tens of thousands of dogs from unnecessary suffering and death, and will help dog meat farmers transition into more humane lines of work. We, the undersigned, applaud this groundbreaking new move.
[Your Name Here]
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