The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics is shining a spotlight on the Korean dog meat trade. Canadian Olympic figure skater Meagan Duhamel is leading the charge to raise awareness about the abuse of dogs in Korea.
As we countdown to celebrate the new year, the mental images of 240 Korean rescue dogs meeting their forever loving families in 2017 brought some cheerful tears to my eyes.
Last Saturday we had our 2nd protest against Korea’s dog and cat meat trade in Toronto. It was a hot summer day, yet many supporters showed up to raise their voice for the poor voiceless in Korea. Boknal starts on July 12 and lasts until August 11 and during that time over one million dogs …Read More about 2017 Toronto Protest aginst the Dog and Cat Meat Trade
Join us on July 8th, 2017, at the Korean Consulate in Toronto for a demonstration against Boknal and the Korean dog and cat meat trade.
On Saturday, August 13th, EK Park will lead a demonstration at the Moran dog meat market in Seoul, Korea. The protest is timed to mark Malbok, the last day of Boknal, the dog days of summer, during which thousands of dogs are slaughtered to make dog meat soup.
July 23rd marked our first ever protest to end the Korean dog meat trade. Demonstrations were held in multiple locations around the world.
Come together with one voice for the voiceless. Join us for Korea’s first ever multi-organization public protest against the dog and cat meat trade.
“There are many online activists in the community. They play an important role because they help share information and bring the community together. But sometimes you have to get into the middle of the action. That’s where real change happens.” ~ EK Park
Today the team of Wizard of Hope Animal Shelter and I joined the campaign, Stop the Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Korea. Although it was a short time, we met the mayor of Seongnam City and were able to deliver our message that we want the city to shut down Moran Market.
Free Korean Dogs member Greg Mount shares his personal experience in Korea and his perspective on Korean culture, tradition and the dog meat trade. Greg has traveled to Korea many times and feels a deep connection with Korean people and culture. His opinion of the Korean dog meat industry: “Korea, you’re better than this.”
This article is the first in a three part series outlining our three-point strategy to improve the lives of dogs in Korea. In this article, I’ll describe our program to raise public awareness, which includes producing an full-length documentary film and a series of behind-the-scenes videos. Awareness and education, both in Korea and abroad, are key first steps to realizing permanent change for Korean dogs.
Each year over two million dogs are slaughtered in Korea. Hundreds of restaurants throughout the country specialize in serving dog meat. The consumption of dogs in Korea dates back centuries, and the issue is more complex than it appears on the surface. For politicians, the dog meat issue is a political third rail. This article provides an overview of the culture and politics of the Korean dog meat industry.