Target: President Lee Myung-bak
Goal: Enforce legislation regarding the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption to protect them from horrific abuse.
Each year in South Korea, two million cats and dogs are captured by butchers and sold in open markets for human consumption. They suffer atrocities—dogs are slowly torn apart, electrocuted, strangled, or beaten to death, while cats are bludgeoned and boiled alive. Despite the fact that only a small minority of South Koreans consumes cat and dog meat, the industry thrives because of the perpetuation of lies and government indifference.
Most South Koreans consider cats and dogs as companion animals, and South Korea’s Animal Protection Law, passed in 1991, acknowledges them as “domestic pets.” Historically, South Koreans have only eaten dogs in times of severe poverty, yet even then they were still treated as companion animals. But a small number still believe the myth that cat and dog meat have medicinal properties.
Unscrupulous meat traders perpetuate the myths that dog meat increases male sexual prowess and that cats produce tonics that cure rheumatism and arthritis. Legislation was passed last year that increases punishment of those found guilty of cruelly killing or injuring an animal to a year in prison or a fine of 10 million won (about 8,800 dollars). However, this illegal industry holds great power as it bribes government officials and police, hires thugs to intimidate animal welfare advocates, and persuades newspapers to continue the perpetuation of myths about the medicinal value of cats and dogs.
It is estimated that there are nearly 6,500 establishments trading cats and dogs in South Korea. Illegal and unsanitary dog farms exist throughout rural parts of the country, where dogs are raised and sold to butchers. South Korean officials must work to enforce animal protection laws in order to save innocent cats and dogs from gruesome deaths.
Dear President Lee Myung-bak,
Millions of cats and dogs are suffering brutal deaths in the illicit meat trading industry, largely because of government indifference. South Korea passed stricter laws intended to protect these animals, yet it seems nothing is being done.
Only a very small minority of South Koreans consumes cat and dog meat; most consider these animals to be domestic pets. It is largely because of the power of the meat trade industry to bribe officials and persuade newspapers to perpetuate the myths about the medicinal value of cats and dogs that this industry still exists.
It is up to you to determine the fate of these unlucky animals. Please strengthen and better enforce legislation that bans the trade of cat and dog meat.
[Your Name Here]