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Join Activists Around the World for our International Day of Action for South Korean Dogs

June 29th, 2010 by Webmaster

Imagine an elderly golden retriever behind the bars of a small cage; his warm brown eyes begging for your help. In the United States this dog would most likely be in a shelter waiting for his forever home, but the dog I speak of was condemned to a tortuous death in the South Korean meat market. Dogs just like those you and I cherish as members of our family are killed for their meat every day in South Korea. In Defense of Animals cannot turn away from the great need of these helpless beings.

IDA’s South Korean partners, Coexistence for Animal Rights on Earth, (CARE) recently received information about a remote dog meat “farm” in Gyeonggi Province. When CARE activists visited the facility, they discovered an appalling scene. Dogs were living in miserable conditions in feces-laden, cramped, ramshackle cages. These neglected dogs were filthy- some suffering from severe injuries.

The conditions were so horrible; these brave activists simply couldn’t leave without the dogs. At the risk of arrest and personal injury, they rescued the dogs, bringing them to CARE’s animal shelter to be treated, cleaned and, most likely, loved for the first time. You can see the images of the dramatic rescue here .

Some in South Korea believe that the more the dog suffers during death, the more virility a man will obtain from eating his or her flesh. Dogs are tortured to death in shocking and unimaginable ways because of this horrible, antiquated superstition. Not only do these dogs endure loneliness and squalor during their short lives, their deaths are inconceivably cruel.

Most South Koreans consider dogs to be companion animals. Only a small minority eat them. We want to support those South Koreans who advocate that animals deserve compassion, love and respect; that they are sentient beings and not mere commodities to be bought, sold and slaughtered.

Please help IDA draw international attention to this issue by participating in our International Day of Action for South Korean Dogs on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Dozens of cities around the world will host outreach events to educate their communities about this important issue. Activists will pass out leaflets and hold signs outside South Korean Embassies and Consulates around the globe, drawing world attention to the dogs of South Korea. Find out if your city is hosting an event here.

This year’s Day of Action includes cities in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Bolivia, South Africa, India and of course, South Korea. Let’s support the courageous South Korean activists who battle to free these dogs by raising our voices around the world on July 6!

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    I am glad people like you react. But if only it had an impact on these people. They think about money and don’t care about anything else…

  108. July 02, 2010 at 12:01 am, Kim Lowery said:

    The more I see, hear and read about the ongoing seemingly ever increasing cruelty involving animals is soul destroying. We have a moral DUTY as supposed ‘human beings’ to put an end to the cruelty and endless suffering of these poor animals. There is no better companion than a dog. They are loyyal and all they ask for in return for their loyalty is a little food, affection and they truly are man’s best friend. They are intelligent and feel every single emtion we feel as humans. There really is NO damn excuse why these ‘people’ should eat dogs. God allowed man to eat meat as in cattle, chicken etc. etc. Even then, it should be done 100% humanely. Free range farming is the only way to go and there should be no cruelty involved in farming whatsoever. To kill torture and deliberately inflict pain and suffering the way they do is inhuman. It’s no wonder the world is in the sorry state it is. There is NO respect for animals and few people really care about what happens to the farm aniamls before they end up nicley packaged on the shelves in their supermarkets and stores. Put these ‘creatures’ that are responsible for this insane cruelty into the cages and let them experience the fate they’ve subjected the animals to. Clearly they have no heart and it HAS to be stopped. For heavens sake, grow fruit and vetables and eat meat sparingly. There is simply NO excuse. They HAVE to be stopped. Other than the bad karma they WILL one day bear the brunt of, imagine for one second how much pain and suffering these poor loyal dogs and cats are subjected to every second of their miserable lives. If no-one put’s a stop to this their suffering will continue and they will carry on doing what they do. It’s simply NOT ON!!! NO NO NO!!! NO MORE!!! PLEASE lobby/boycott release all the dogs and ensure they are stopped. It’s barbaric.

  109. July 01, 2010 at 11:34 pm, Audrey Okubo said:

    Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friends. People don’t eat friends. They should learn from Hachiko, the story about a loyal dog in Japan who went to the train station daily for years looking for his master who passed on.

  110. July 01, 2010 at 11:28 pm, Gwen Hillman said:

    Ghandi said “you can tell the measure of a person or a country in how they treat their animals”. I am not a people-person AT all, and when I hear of things like this, it is no wonder that I prefer to spend my time with my animals, than people. This practice is so abhorent to me that I am struggling to get my mind around this. It is not just dogs that go through absolute torture like this. I saw a programme on TV a while ago where they boil cats ALIVE (and I am positive that it doesn’t stop at cats and dogs). I never cried before like I cried on that day. These are the same people that come to my country and poach our wildlife. I cannot believe that humans can sink so low. How do they get away with this.

  111. July 01, 2010 at 10:39 pm, Genoveva said:

    Thank you so much for all you do for the dogs in Korea, and all the animals around the world. It is time to start having more compassion for all animals.
    Thank God for people like IDA!!

  112. July 01, 2010 at 10:27 pm, Patty Kuhner said:

    I cannot believe how inhumane people are. Do they not realize these animals are live beings with feelings and emotions? How can they look and see their eyes looking back at them and do the things they do?

  113. July 01, 2010 at 10:11 pm, Deb Fahey said:

    South Korea….you should be ashamed of yourself.

  114. July 01, 2010 at 10:01 pm, paul dunne said:

    we need better laws to ban this outrage. it goes on all over the world.
    GOD PLEASE GIVE US A NEW EARTH,(SOON)

  115. July 01, 2010 at 7:46 pm, fifi leigh said:

    i am writing many articles online to educate the world about all these sick acts going on all over the world, such as animal crush videos, gassing in shelters, euthanize, animal slaughtering, and torturing and other abuse of animals. don’t forget to support H.R. bill to ban animal crush videos. we need to get together online and fight these sick people to make them stop, once and for all.

  116. July 01, 2010 at 7:04 pm, Terri Hughes said:

    Please stop abusing and killing these poor animals. They feel pain,too.

  117. July 01, 2010 at 6:47 pm, Maria Santos said:

    Lets stop this guys doing this!!!!! They are so many there, why don’t they eat each other???? it was a bless.

  118. July 01, 2010 at 6:46 pm, Lene said:

    May Korea and China come to realize that killing and eating dogs is a horrendous act to most of the world. Dogs are designed to be man’s best friend! How can they raise these precious puppies to adult dogs and not see how friendly and personable they are? But then, so are chickens, cows, and pigs. May God have mercy on all of his creations!

  119. July 01, 2010 at 6:26 pm, Miriam Leiseroff said:

    I have known and abhorred this practice for several years and sent petitions and letters to the South Korean government. I have joined ANIMAL ASIA, who also has been actively fighting for these unfortunate creatures. Not only brutally kill and eat the South Koreans dogs, cats don’t fare any better. They are boiled and skinned alive, if one can imagine that. I have seen a video, some years ago, where a woman pushed down a cat with a stick back into the vat with boiling water. The poor thing was trying to get out, but the woman showed no mercy. It not only broke my heart, I made me cry out in anguish. The image still stays with me today. Although the Korean government has a law that forbids to consumption of dogs and cats, it is only loosly enforced or not at all. We need to unify and do everything in our power to stop this.

  120. July 01, 2010 at 6:18 pm, Ben said:

    Not one in NYC? I’ll repost! Very troubling. People from any country especially in Korea should be appalled and stand up for these animals! There is something very wrong with people who can participate or know and not do anything about this.

  121. July 01, 2010 at 5:48 pm, Pamela Gardner said:

    I’ve been trying to help the dogs and cats of Southeast Asia, South Korea, the Philippines for so long. I never go a day without thinking about them…praying for them. Their images are burned into my psyche and soul. Please look at KAPS sometime, the Korean Animal Protection Society. This is where it all started, the attempt to save and protect these beloved animals. Also look at Animals Asia and Dr. Dog. Jill has been trying to change attitudes about dogs and cats in China. Thank you so much Scotlund for lending your voice to this horrendous nightmare. May the plight of these beloved dogs and cats and their rescuers be continue to be heard and witnessed.

  122. July 01, 2010 at 5:42 pm, Lisa said:

    How can we find out what we can contribute on July 6th?

  123. July 01, 2010 at 5:30 pm, CRISTINA REYES said:

    EVERYONE – PLEASE GET YOUR CITY INVOLVED IN THIS WORLD WIDE EVENT PROTEST –
    THESE ANIMALS DEPEND ON US TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP THEM

  124. July 01, 2010 at 5:13 pm, Laura said:

    Is there anyone in Philly willing to join me on this day? As far as I know there is no day of action in my area.

  125. July 01, 2010 at 4:58 pm, A M said:

    Eating meat is bad for your health. Eating carnivorous animals just seems plain wrong.

  126. July 01, 2010 at 4:47 pm, Maria said:

    I’m very happy to to have the voice for the animals, we are they voice and to stop the killing of these innocent animals. Please Korea and China have love one another… animals and people.. Blessed is the one who takes care of God’s creatures, whom they were given charge of… people who care work everyday to be the voice for animals without no voice of their own to safe award their health and to fight the evil that put so many in such grave danger! Please fight for what is right! United we stand to help these innocent animals.

  127. July 01, 2010 at 4:40 pm, ana morris said:

    I hope the dog eating coutries will see the light!

    heres my poem: Speaking for those who cant put it into words.
    ………………………………………………………
    I wish I was a meathead,in the fog again.
    I wouldnt notice all the blood that’s runnin down the drain.
    Walking past the butchers shop would seem real cool to me.
    Rows of corpses hanging there, I wouldnt even see.
    Dead lamb lying on a slab to me would be a meal,
    wouldnt know of suffering, couldnt even feel.
    And if I was a meathead, just think what I could do
    take a bag of nuts and wander off to visit the local zoo.
    I wouldnt feel the agony, the yearning to be free,
    nor hear the cry for years gone by spent in captivity.
    Then I’d stroll on down the country lane, as peaceful as can be,
    never hear the hunting horn, nothing to bother me.
    No outraged hunters on my trail, no butchers out for blood,
    no pet shop owners on my tail,
    fur coats would look real good.
    Animal experiments would never get me mad.
    yep,if I was a meathead the world wouldn’t look so bad.

  128. July 01, 2010 at 4:12 pm, Lynn said:

    Cruelty to animals escalates to cruelty to people. It has been proven that many killers began their career with cruelty to animals.

    What goes around comes around.

    Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7

  129. July 01, 2010 at 4:05 pm, Jacqueline Lipari said:

    Please lets stop the tortuous deaths of this poor defenseless animals!! We need to show some humanity and be the voice for all our animal friends. Thank you for taking action.

  130. July 01, 2010 at 3:59 pm, Gary Edwards said:

    I myself am embarking on a rescue mission, travelling over 6000 miles (having never even been abroad for over 30 years), to work at a Phillippine Rescue centre, as a volunteer, saving dogs from the meat trade…See my website for details–>
    Thank you to every rescuer, animal carer, and person who does what they can to end this vile trade…Bless you all.

  131. July 01, 2010 at 3:54 pm, Kim said:

    This is soo terrible that things like this still go on in this day and age! I am disgusted and horrified that this happens. I pray for all those dogs and i hope that In defense of animals can put an end to this practice. It makes me so sad, i wish i could rescue them all!

  132. July 01, 2010 at 3:45 pm, mary ann lajoie said:

    These dogs that you say would end up in a shelter finding it a forever home ( in the united states) is not so true. WE sell dogs from shelters to other countries for this very purpose and shelters in the U.S sell dogs and cats to cruel research labs. Check out New Iberia research labs in Louisiana. They buy from shelters.
    All it takes is for the united states to stop being greedy by selling lost and homeless animals to other countries and labs .
    Wake up American people. Look what we are doing. TAke some responsibilty for these poor animals. stop selling lost pets and do what you say, Find them a forever home.

  133. July 01, 2010 at 3:45 pm, Michael Lockhart said:

    Justice would be for God to remove from the face of the earth all the animals of His creation…

    • July 02, 2010 at 7:19 am, David Bernazani said:

      Michael: God won’t need to do that; humans are already wiping out their fellow animals at an astonishing rate. And as somebody once said, “Each species’ extinction brings us one more closer to our own.”
      Wise words.

  134. July 01, 2010 at 3:34 pm, Marcia said:

    Obviously the people who do this cannot care about animals. Maybe the best way to reach them and the country who allows this kind of torture is to boycott their products. I try never to buy anything from Korea.

  135. July 01, 2010 at 3:19 pm, Jackie said:

    I applaud the efforts of IDA and other organizations for trying to stop this barbaric and horrific practice. I don’t think places like South Korea and China will ever stop the horrible torture of animals, which goes on in other countries as well. My husband and I are vegetarians, as we also cannot stand the suffering and torture that goes on in slaughter houses, as well as factory farming. It’s a shame that people can’t be forced to watch what really goes on in slaughter houses, etc.

  136. June 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm, Gabriela said:

    I’m so glad to be vegan. And I became one when I had to film at a slaughterhouse – I’m a tv Producer. I find it archaic,barbaric and inhumane the way animals are treated not just in Korea and China, which are extreme examples, but all over the world. Witness the growing number of children torturing and killing animals for fun. Where are these children’s parents? Thank you for your actions.

  137. June 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm, wendy lee williams said:

    Thank you for your courageous and respectful actions to stop and put an end to the degradation of humanity who continue to torture and kill animals. Helping animals is helping people, too. Thanks to CARE and IDA.

  138. June 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm, Tracey Keetley said:

    Mans cruelty for the sake of food , oh my God. I pray the voices for the voiceless are heard loud and clear. Comapassion is all it takes and to put yourself in place of the animal, think about it, it isn’t hard to imagine.