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14 June 2000 Issue

The Biggest Demonstration Ever Held for Korean Dogs
International Aid For Korean Animals (IAKA)

The Eyes, Voice & Ears Of NYC, Inc.; and New York Activists and Groups Protest Korea's Illegal Dog Meat Trade.

To all animal-protection organizations and friends of animals,

Please join us.

IAKA and animal-protection activists in New York will stage two demonstrations, in front of the United Nations building in NYC and in Koreatown in Flushing, NY to protest the cruel and illegal slaughter and consumption of companion animals in Korea.

This event takes place in June because every year at this time dog meat consumption escalates in anticipation of the Korean "Bok" holidays (literally "sweltering dog days" of summer), when the vicious practice of beating, electrocuting, and often skinning dogs alive for boshintang (dog meat stew) peaks to celebrate Bok days.

The goal of the protest is to highlight the Korean Government's failure to enforce its own Animal Protection Law that bans cruelty to animals, and that specifically bans the slaughter and consumption of dogs. The Korean Animal Protection Society (the leading animal protection group in Korea) and it sister organization, International Aid for Korean Animals based in California, have
called for worldwide demonstrations and boycotts of Korean goods until the government enforces the Animal Protection Law and ends the dog meat trade.

Corporate sponsors of the 2002 Soccer World Cup in South Korea are also being asked to withdraw their support until the government takes action.

In South Korea, some people believe that torturing a dog to death produces better-tasting flesh with aphrodisiac qualities, so animals are routinely killed by hanging, prolonged beatings, and electrocution. Dogs are commonly skinned alive.

Some South Koreans also torture cats by hitting them on the head repeatedly with hammers or by placing them in sacks which are then pounded on the ground. The cats, often still alive, are thrown into large pots of boiling water and cooked with ginger, dates and chestnuts until liquefied to a brown paste called goyangi soju, which is mistakenly thought to be a remedy for rheumatism and joint problems. But Dr. Kim, Sung Yun, a medical doctor and professor researching rheumatoid arthritis at Hanyang Medical School said in a Chosunilbo newspaper article that cars are absolutely "not effective" in the treatment of arthritis. "It's a myth," he concluded.

Kyenan Kum, spokesperson for the Korean Animal Protection Society said, "This is not an issue of "cultural differences." Caring Koreans and most people worldwide know that no animal should be intentionally tortured and abused. Cats and dogs are simply not appropriate for human consumption because they often bite and fight back against their abusers. This leads to terrible cruelty and suffering. The Korean government recognized this fact when they created the Animal Protection Act, but now a few politically powerful dog dealers are preventing enforcement of Korean law. We need the help of caring people everywhere to stamp out this abuse once and for all."

When & Where: Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 12:00 noon
Across from 866 United Nations Plaza, in the park on the
corner of First and West 47th streets NYC, NY

When & Where: Saturday July 1, 2000 at 12:00 noon
Flushing Library, Main Street, Flushing, NY

Contact: Kyenan Kum, International Aid for Korean Animals
P.O. Box 20600
Oakland, CA 94620-0600
Tel. (510) 271-6795
e-mailto:[email protected]

The Eyes, Voice & Ears of New York City, Inc.
Tel./Fax. (718) 628-6371
[email protected]

The source of the following is Wim de Kok <[email protected]>:

The flyer about the New York protest rallies for Korean Dogs is now available for download at The download will allow you to print high quality flyers at home or from a floppy disk at the copy shop. Order leaflets by mail from Garo Alexanian: [email protected]

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