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Speak up against animal cruelty in South Korea
Published May 25, 2012
By H.B. Lee – Guest Columnist
The United States’ ally, South Korea, electrocutes, strangles, or bludgeons 2 million dogs and cats to death each year. South Korea remains one of the few places in the world where this meat is still eaten.

Animals are killed in the most cruel ways imaginable because many South Koreans believe the adrenaline that rushes through the animal’s system will improve virility.

Theoretically, the practice of eating pet animals is not widely accepted in the country, but the practice continues to thrive with the aid of greedy restaurateurs, meat dealers and butchers. It is estimated that more than 6,000 stores deal in dog and cat meat. While the South Korean government’s economic development efforts are consistently substantial, it does virtually nothing to prevent cruelty to animals.

There are laws against this abominable practice, but it is up to the Korean government to see that they are enforced. Caring people should not sit back while companion animals are beaten to death “to make their flesh taste better.”

A U.S.-based animal advocate group, In Defense of Animals, is working to bring this situation to the attention of animal lovers in our country. Their website lists mailing and email addresses of officials and government agencies that could enforce the laws already in place. Please use your voice (computer) to contact the South Korean government and demand immediate action. We can also show our concern by refusing to buy products made in South Korea.

The human heart should make no distinction between respect for human life and respect for all other living things. Unfortunately, those who perpetuate unbridled cruelty toward living things often make no distinction between humans and other living things. It requires ignoring both the heart and the conscience.

Read more: http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Opinion/article.php?id=100485#ixzz1xSsMyCEE

Speak up against animal cruelty in South Korea
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