The killing of dogs for food started in South Korea during a time of crisis and famine. Over time it has evolved into a cultural tradition, with dog meat becoming a prized delicacy.
As with any kind of farming, as consumers we hope that the animals are being treated with respect during their lives; the recent reports on battery farming by the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall made many a consumer think twice about buying a battery farmed chicken over a free range option.
Dogs in South Korea, however, are being slaughtered using methods including burning, electrocution, hanging and drowning. These cruel and tortuous methods are commonplace, and you can show your support by signing a petition to urge the Government of the Republic of Korea to act now.
The Korean Animal Protection Society and Korea Animal Rights Advocates groups are working alongside others to improve the situation, and the petition also supports their aims.
Sign the petition here now.