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From 28 May 2002 Issue

Sample Letters to Send to Korea


Letter #1 to Minister of Health & Welfare, South Korea

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Minister Lee, Tae-Bok
The Ministry of Health and Welfare
1 Joongang-dong
Kwanchun City, Kyoungki-do
South Korea 427-760

Dear Minister of Health and Welfare:

My friends, associates and I feel compelled to write to you.  Therefore, this may be one of many like letters you might receive.  It is however signed by me, as an individual and I hope you will consider it as such.

I am writing with the criticism and protestations, that you deserve.

In 1979, The Ministry of Agriculture excluded dog from the Sanitation Law and livestock production.  In 1984, the Ministry of Health and Welfare prescribed dog soup as  a "disgusting food.."   The Food Sanitation Law bans the manufacturing and selling of dog meat soup.  The law states that restaurant owners who sell dog meat soup should lose their business license if they are caught a third time.
 
Despite this, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Director of the Food and Drug Administration has not attempted to enforce the Law, allowing dog soup restaurants to flourish.  Furthermore, your department has licensed new dog soup restaurants provided that dog meat soup is called by a name other than Boshintang.  This is clearly a case of gross negligence.

South Korea is not an impoverished Third World country.  Conversely, it is one of the world's top 10 or so economies.  It is a major player in electronics and the motor industry.  That it has 10 football stadiums of world class status and is internationally recognized as fit to host the World Cup in half share with Japan, are sufficient indications that the rest of us see it as a civilized country.  And so it is, in many respects, and also a classic ancient culture, distinct from its neighbors, China and Japan. But where the dog is concerned, it is still in the dark ages, brutal, barbarous and merciless.

The Koreans will say, as if this somehow legitimizes the industry, that only specially-bred nurangi yellow dogs are eaten.  This is another blatant lie.  Our friends were offered all kinds of breeds, including a collie and a sad-eyed old spaniel.  To the Koreans one dog tastes much like the next.  Koreans are equally fond of cats, which are kept in even worse conditions and rendered down for a tonic drink.  Most of the dogs my friends found at Daegu market were also destined to be boiled and sold as a 'health drink' called gaesoju.

Many of these "delicious" (It is disgusting to even refer to them as that) dogs have endured a life of silence, their vocal chords cut to prevent their barking, their eardrums punctured; not one has ever experienced a moment's kindness from the human beings who breed and market them; all have suffered cruelty of a degree unacceptable in the West.

Minister Lee, I must inform you that there is a national and world-wide movement to hurt your economy because this activity of eating dogs and cats is seen by the world as disgusting, uncivilized and savage.  You might as well be eating children!  That's how disgusting we find this.

You cannot make this right by changing the way you treat them.  A practice that is fundamentally wrong CANNOT be made right.  And this is fundamentally wrong.  If you do not agree, then you are not "wired" like the rest of the human race.  These are companion animals.  They are NOT to be eaten.  Please enforce the laws in your country.  They are there, in place.  You must enforce them and you must include cats also.

Sincerely,


"First" "Last"

Letter # 2 to South Korea

"First" "Last"
"Street"
"City", "State"  "Zip"
"Country"

Date

Mr. Lee, Young Soon
Director, Korean Food and Drug Administration
5 Nokbun-dong, Unpyoung-ku
Seoul, South Korea  122-704

Dear Mr. Lee,

My friends, associates and I feel compelled to write to you.  Therefore, this may be one of many like letters you might receive.  It is however signed by me, as an individual and I hope you will consider it as such.

I am writing with the criticism and protestations, that you deserve.

In 1979, The Ministry of Agriculture excluded dog from the Sanitation Law and livestock production.  In 1984, the Ministry of Health and Welfare prescribed dog soup as  a "disgusting food.."   The Food Sanitation Law bans the manufacturing and selling of dog meat soup.  The law states that restaurant owners who sell dog meat soup should lose their business license if they are caught a third time.
 
Despite this, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Director of the Food and Drug Administration has not attempted to enforce the Law, allowing dog soup restaurants to flourish.  Furthermore, your department has licensed new dog soup restaurants provided that dog meat soup is called by a name other than Boshintang.  This is clearly a case of gross negligence.

South Korea is not an impoverished Third World country.  Conversely, it is one of the world's top 10 or so economies.  It is a major player in electronics and the motor industry.  That it has 10 football stadiums of world class status and is internationally recognized as fit to host the World Cup in half share with Japan, are sufficient indications that the rest of us see it as a civilized country.  And so it is, in many respects, and also a classic ancient culture, distinct from its neighbors, China and Japan. But where the dog is concerned, it is still in the dark ages, brutal, barbarous and merciless.

The Koreans will say, as if this somehow legitimizes the industry, that only specially-bred nurangi yellow dogs are eaten.  This is another blatant lie.  Our friends were offered all kinds of breeds, including a collie and a sad-eyed old spaniel.  To the Koreans one dog tastes much like the next.  Koreans are equally fond of cats, which are kept in even worse conditions and rendered down for a tonic drink.  Most of the dogs my friends found at Daegu market were also destined to be boiled and sold as a 'health drink' called gaesoju.

Many of these "delicious" (It is disgusting to even refer to them as that) dogs have endured a life of silence, their vocal chords cut to prevent their barking, their eardrums punctured; not one has ever experienced a moment's kindness from the human beings who breed and market them; all have suffered cruelty of a degree unacceptable in the West.

Mr. Minister, I must inform you that there is a national and world-wide movement to hurt your economy because this activity of eating dogs and cats is seen by the world as disgusting, uncivilized and savage.  You might as well be eating children!  That's how disgusting we find this.

You cannot make this right by changing the way you treat them.  A practice that is fundamentally wrong CANNOT be made right.  And this is fundamentally wrong.  If you do not agree, then you are not "wired" like the rest of the human race.  These are companion animals.  They are NOT to be eaten.  Please enforce the laws in your country.  They are there, in place.  You must enforce them and you must include cats also.

Sincerely,


"First" "Last"

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