A chilling e-mail came to us recently. Although it is
“off-topic” for the Courier, we encouraged the sender to take photos. We
feel compelled to share them along with her commentary.
“I am an animal/environmental/human rights activist in the
USA, but am teaching in S Korea right now. I am always glad to find other
people who are also helping animals. Thank you for caring beyond yourself &
Here are the pictures I promised. I am sorry they aren't
great quality. I used a disposable camera and it was a gray morning-
I especially wanted the dog to show up better, but the
light was behind him. One photo is of the "restaurant/ butcher" where you
can dine or just take your dog to be slaughtered. One of the dogs of that
breed is on the roof. Another photo is of a shop of a dog eater that chains
dogs out front (by the bowl by the umbrella stand)
when he's working- He is between dogs in this picture - just the empty bowl
there. I fed & petted two of them until I realized what he was and what he
thought they were for. They looked at him like a hero since he got them out
of the small cages in the dog market. I wish I could do more.
As I was getting pictures of the "shop," a dog came out
and I took pictures.
The dogs they think of as food are beautiful,-white or
brindle; their heads are between a shepherd and akita. I feel frustrated
that they love the tiny dogs, but don't see that the others make good
friends, too. Of course, I feel that way about all species.
I knew a woman who loved her pot-bellied pig yet ate ham.
She didn't see the connection. Maybe one day... There are certainly more
vegetarians and vegans in the US now. Of course, the US food programs and
McDonalds, etc. turned a lot of foreign veggie people into meat eaters.
If you wish to contact the person who sent these, please
and we’ll get you in touch.
Thanks for the following post from Adele:
WORLD DEMONSTRATION DAY
JULY 16, 2003
Contact: Kyenan Kum,
Bok Days are the hottest days of the year in Korea. They
are also the days in which the greatest number of dogs are consumed. Some
Koreans believe that eating dog-meat stew will alleviate the summer heat, in
addition to increasing a man’s sexual prowess. While this season spans 30
days, only three days are designated Bok Days; this year they fall on July
16th, (the beginning of the season) July 26th, and August 15th.
We need as many people to support these demonstrations
against dog-eating as we can get! Each year over 2.6 million dogs and
hundreds of thousands of cats are tortured and killed for human consumption.
Korean dog eaters believe that the more a dog suffers, the more tender and
sexually potent the meat. Korea’s 1991 Animal Protection Law makes it
illegal to harm or abuse dogs, cats and all other animals, and yet the
Korean government does nothing to stop these atrocities. With our show of
international force, we will lobby the Korean government for stronger,
enforceable animal protection laws that will protect companion animals from
If you are curious about how our demonstrations operate,
please see www.koreananimals.org/update.htm
for examples. You can also
download flyers for the demonstrations from the same page.
As always, please contact IAKA with any questions,
comments, suggestions, ideas, or concerns. Thank you and lets make some
noise for the cats and dogs of Korea!