October 07, 2008
On September 28, 2008 the law to regulate dog farms under the Livestock Act began implementation in Korea . This is just the first step towards the complete legalization of dog meat. Because of this law there will be an increase in the number of dogs slaughtered for this cruel custom. Dog meat for the barbecue may soon be available in all supermarkets throughout South Korea .
Those of us who care profoundly for the life of a dog cannot tolerate this terrible abuse.
I have created a distribution which is strong and condemning of this latest development in Korea . Because my language is strong I sent it for review to a number of individuals who work in the area of dog abuse in much of east Asia. One person who reviewed it said it was 'hard hitting and truthful'. I also showed it to a young man who is currently studying at Harvard Law School . In the past he has tried to put a positive spin on the information I give him. This time all he could say was 'I had no idea it was so bad'. He felt that in view of the terrible cruelty the strong comments were appropriate. Another friend whom I respect for his peaceful and non-violent way of life said that the most important thing we could do to end this tragedy is to continue to inform people of the situation.
I hope you will have the courage to post this distribution:
""If you have ever shared your life with a dog you will understand the following eulogy:
A Memorial to Boatswain
Near this spot
The virtues of an animal, as described by Lord Byron, that is beloved throughout the world for his decency and willingness to help and cooperate with humans means nothing in Korea . The dog is an animal that would willingly risk his life to save a human, yet in Korea this good-natured, loyal and companionable being is considered as nothing more than a bowl of stew with alleged medicinal properties, in a culture that does not even grasp the spiritual poverty of this betrayal of man's best friend.
Until now dog meat consumption in Korea has been an underground affair, but in September 2008 a law will go into effect which classifies dogs as livestock along with all the accompanying abuses of this industry:
Korean superstition holds that if a dog is agitated ( i.e. viciously abused) prior to slaughter the potency and flavor of the meat is enhanced. Even if this were not the case the killing of an animal, who is a functioning member of human society, to be used as a snake-oil tonic for the feeble and infirm, exhibits a lack of compassion and empathy so profound that it borders on depravity.
If one probes further, it becomes apparent that this is not the only animal abuse in Korea which is based on superstition and ignorance. Beneath the surface of Korea 's seemingly modern and technologically advanced facade lies a primitive, exploitive and cruel view of animals which allows for their sacrifice in shamanistic rituals intended to bring good fortune to those paying for the killing. A highly evolved spiritual view appreciates that the lives of all living beings is sacred and should be respected. Clearly this message has been perverted in Korea into bartering the life of an animal to obtain good fortune. Please refer to the following for additional information:
South Korea has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and one would have hoped that with increased wealth there would also be an increase in consciousness. This does not seem to be the case, as it seems increased wealth has resulted in increased abuse of animals in the name of superstition, greed and suppressed rage taken out on animals.
The following is a depiction of a 'performance art' piece involving the evisceration of a piglet carried out for an audience that cheered wildly as the the poor creature screamed in excruciating pain, The brutalization of those attempting to protest this sadistic display is further evidence of a deep-seeded rage that attempts to preserve and maintain such violence to living beings. The following is an action alert issued by In Defense of Animals:
Psychological studies have established a link between violence to animals and human on human violence. Therefore it comes as no surprise then, that in a society which displays such a predilection for violence to animals there will also be an increased rate of violence to humans as well. Not coincidentally, two Koreans hold the world's record for number of killing-spree victims in one burst of rage: One can't help but wonder how much gratuitous violence to humans and animals these fragile individual were exposed to as children: Woo Bum Kon carried out the largest known incident of spree killing in modern history. His victims included 58 dead and 35 wounded. Seung Hui Cho committed mass murder of 32 people and wounded 25 in what has come to be known as the Virginia Tech Massacre.
An animal who has been nothing but a friend to mankind is himself in desperate need of a friend in Korea . If you would like to protest the latest development in Korea which now includes government regulation of dog farms in the Livestock Act and in essence sanctions dogs as livestock please inform Korean government officials that you will not tolerate such abuse. You may address your concerns to:
1. Mayor of Seoul Mr. Oh Se-hoon
Email: [email protected]
Address: Euljiro1, Jung-gu, Seoul , 100-744, Korea
Tel +82 2 735 6060
2. Korean President Mr. Lee Myung-bak
Email: [email protected]
Address: 1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: +82 2 730 5800
Ambassador Lee, Tae-Sik
"He that would hang his dog, gives out first that he is mad" a British proverb""