Activists Force Cancellation of South Korean Dog Meat 'Festival'

06/29/2011

Dog Meat Protesters The Korea Dog Farmers' Association had scheduled a 'festival' aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption this week, but it was cancelled following the rising drumbeat of protest from animal rights activists.

This unfathomable 'festival' was planned to be held in the city of Seongnam just south of Seoul, and would showcase various canine delicacies...which frankly yours truly is unable to convey here as it is simply too upsetting to detail : (

Beyond Barbaric

How is it possible that this unfathomable practice is still legally going on in South Korea!?! How is it possible tthat nearly 600 farms still raise dogs for meat in South Korea? Un-freaking believable. The good news is that an increasing number of South Koreans are staunchly opposed to this practice and step-by-step, Korean animal activists are working to put an end to it, though it has unfortunately been a slow process due to grey areas in the legal system.

An "International Embarrassment"

A growing numbers of Koreans oppose the practice and consider it an international embarrassment, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the planned festival stirred fury from South Korean animal rights groups and many Internet users, who aided in the ultimate cancellation.

Park So-Youn, head of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, told the AFP this week "This is making our country an international laughing stock, and making the whole world mistakenly believe that all South Koreans eat dogs." 

"Canines are the animals emotionally closest to humans. You can't just publicly celebrate killing and eating them," Park told the AFP.

 Learn more about how you can support the South Korean animal activists who are advocating on behalf of these animals, as well as other worthy animal protection initiatives such as elimination of overcrowded puppy mills here in the U.S., visit the Care2 petition site here>

 Photo Source: Getty Images

 


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