Thursday, June 11, 2009

International Day of Action for Dogs and Cats in Korea

Picture: Courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica's Advocacy for Animals

In Defense of Animals (IDA) will again be co-sponsoring this worldwide event to stop the terrible suffering these animals endure. IDA continues to work with the South Korean animal protection organization Coexistence for Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) to end the brutal slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.

According to IDA’s website, two million South Korean dogs are electrocuted, strangled, or bludgeoned to death each year. They are killed in the cruelest ways imaginable, because some Koreans believe the adrenaline that rushes through the system will improve virility. Eyewitnesses have reported dogs being torn apart while still alive; their tormentors saying that the more prolonged the torment of death, the better the taste.

On July 14, IDA intends to have activists posted at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. and as many Korean Consulates and Embassies around the world as possible. There are Korean Consulates in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston, Honolulu, and Newton, Massachusetts. If you would like to help coordinate a demonstration in any of these cities, please contact or (415) 448-0048 ex. 211. They will provide you with all the materials you need such as posters and brochures to have a successful and effective protest.

Demonstrations already scheduled for July 14:

San Francisco, California:
Demonstration at the Korean Consulate
3500 Clay St., San Francisco, CA.
11 a.m. - 12 noon
signs and leaflets provided
contact or (415) 448-0043 ex. 211

Los Angeles, California:
Demonstration at the Korean Consulate
3243 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.
11 a.m. - 12 noon
signs and leaflets provided
contact or (310) 301-7730

Washington, DC:
Demonstration at the Korean Consulate
2320 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, D.C.
11 a.m. - 12 noon
signs and leaflets provided
contact or (757) 374-8112

Seattle, Washington:
Korean Embassy
2033 Sixth Ave. #1125, Seattle, Washington, 98121
11 a.m. - 12 noon
contact: Sandy Clinton: or (206) 618-4930

What ELSE You Can Do:

Send letters, fax, e-mail to:
Ambassador Duk-soo Han
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
2320 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: (202) 939-5600
Fax: (202) 797-0595
ACR has also been in contact with the International Aid for Korean Animals (IAKA), a non-profit organization founded by Kyenan Kum in 1997 to promote animal protection and humane education in Korea. ACR has financially assisted IAKA with their campaigning to stop the cruelty of the dog and cat meat industry in Korea. IAKA is also working to translate our feral cat handbook into Korean for their new Adoption and Education Center in Seoul (South Korea’s capital). The picture above is of a mother cat and her kittens for sale in a Korean market; such animals are touted as the source of medicinal tonics and fraudulent “cures” for ailments such as rheumatism and arthritis. According to IAKA, “dramatic distortions of Korean culture [have promoted] all kinds of new animal products in Korea based on unchecked exploitation of Korea’s animals and environment.”

For more information on IDA and their Korea Campaign, please visit:

For more information on IAKA, please visit:

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