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Video - Korea's Dog Meat Trade - Breaking the Myths: Dog Meat Good for Health?

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Watch this short clip from a Korean TV program called "Let's solve with logic!" which aired in August 2012 that examined the myths surrounding the dog meat. The myths that dog meat is good for health is examined on this clip using the ancient medical journals written in the 16th and 17th centuries and the traditional Korean medicine.

You can activate the English caption by clicking the "CC" menu button located on the bottom right of the video player. You can also watch the Interactive Transcript by clicking on the menu button.

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It's time to write to the S. Korean President, Myung-Bak Lee:

[Sample Letter]

Dear President Myung-Bak Lee,

I am extremely upset about the torture and consumption of companion animals in South Korea.

Even though Korea has established an Animal Protection Law for companion animals, dogs are still beaten, hung, electrocuted, and treated brutally by farmers and slaughters. Also, dogs and cats are still being beaten and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which do not have medical properties except in the minds of ignorant and gullible customers.

These practices have no place in the modern world. Other Asian countries have banned the eating of dog meat and the cruel industry that goes with it, such as Taiwan and the Philippines. Why does Korea persist in lagging behind these countries and other civilized societies?

It's the responsibility of the Korean government to once and for all end the cruel dog meat and cat medicine industries in Korea. It is time to dismiss the childish myths and propaganda surrounding these industries and their vile products. It is time to leave behind backward and unnecessary traditions.

And it is time for Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and showing that it really does have a compassionate and ethical society. That means it is time for the Korean government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a proper manner.

Until these things are done, Korea's reputation in the international community will continue to suffer. Its citizens will continue to face shame and embarrassment. And Korea will continue to be regarded as 'third world,' despite its modernization and attempts at globalized thinking.

From now on, I will boycott Korean products, and I will not support Korean companies or visit Korea until the abuse of cats and dogs has finally ended.


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