Dear Humanitarians in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland,
Did you know that over 2 million dogs are reportedly killed for food every year in South Korea and that over 100,000 tons of dog meat is consumed annually? From birth to slaughter, dogs raised for meat are kept in cramped, rusty cages stacked on top of each other. The method of slaughter is usually extremely (and even intentionally) brutal, and the dogs are often butchered in full view of others. Sadly, many who support the dog meat trade believe that high adrenaline levels in dogs will produce tender meat—which results in these helpless creatures being sadistically killed by bludgeoning, slow strangulation, or even electrocution. Deaths that are preceded by panic and fear in the dogs occur on a daily basis throughout the country. Some even have a blow torch used on them while they are still alive to remove their hair. At the open-air markets, dogs are electrocuted and their necks are broken—all in plain sight of passers-by.
Please join us on May 18 at the Fiesta Asia 2013 street fair in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness on the South Korean dog meat trade. The closest Metro stations are National Archives/Navy Memorial and Judiciary Square. I am coordinating the event and will be there with my rescue dog from South Korea, Lucy, from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm handing out leaflets. If you can join us—even just for half an hour, please call me at (843) 425-4212 in advance to help me plan for the event.
If you are not able to join us at the event on Saturday, you can still take action on this important issue by sending a letter to South Korean officials. Please send a letter through the Compassion Index by clicking here. You will find suggested talking points to include in your letter once you click through to the Compassion Index.
For more on the cruel dog meat trade, please visit http://awionline.org/dogmeat. And, please be sure to share this “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family friends and co-workers, and encourage them to join us on the 18th.
As always, thank you very much for helping animals!
Government and Legal Affairs