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40 Cities Protest S. Korea's Animal Cruelty
In front of S. Korean Missions around the World
Special Contribution
By Suzanne Thorpe

Today (July 12, 2010), activists in 40 cities around the world will converge on South Korean embassies and consulates, protesting the cruelty associated with South Korea's dog and cat meat trade. "In Defense of Animals (IDA)" is coordinating the demonstrations.

Where: South Korean Consulate, 3500 Clay St., San Francisco, California
When: noon - 2 p.m.

At the South Korean (Republic of Korea) Consulate in San Francisco, IDA will present over 20,000 signed petitions asking the South Korean government to strengthen its laws for animal cruelty and ban the consumption of dogs and cats.

Two million South Korean dogs are electrocuted, strangled, or bludgeoned to death each year. Cats are boiled alive to produce a tonic. Conflicting animal welfare laws in South Korea allow these practices to continue.

IDA has been working with South Korean animal protection activists to rescue dogs from meat markets, support the activists' education efforts within South Korea, and strengthen laws to end the consumption of dogs and cats.

Demonstrations will take place in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Sacramento, California; New York City; Seattle, Washington; Washington D.C.; Boston, Massachusetts; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; Chicago, Illinios; and Ireland, Canada, Bolivia, India, South Africa, and South Korea.

Dogs in South Korea are raised in meat markets, as documented during investigations and broadcast on South Korean television.

The dogs are kept in hideous and cruel conditions including intense confinement - stacked together in filthy cages where they can't even move.

The dogs are purposefully tortured to death as it is believed that the more the dog suffers, the more male virility will increase when the meat is eaten.

"It's inconceivable that, as the rest of the world is strengthening animal protection laws, the South Korean Government is allowing dogs to be beaten and cats to be boiled alive, to be consumed by people," says IDA president Scotlund Haisley.

For more information on IDA's efforts on behalf of dogs in South Korea, please visit

Suzanne Thorpe

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