In this video interview, EK Park discusses her upcoming documentary film Compassion Soup, the end of dog meat in Korea. Here’s a transcript of the interview:
Why are you making this documentary, Compassion Soup?
Animal cruelty is everywhere. Look at all these gigantic factory farms, sport hunting, aquariums, and so on. But for this particular documentary I chose to explore the dog meat trade in Korea. Not because I only care about dogs in Korea, but because I think the dog meat trade is the greatest example of human greed and ignorance. Since I was a child, I’ve witnessed the cruelty of the dog meat trade firsthand. I was born in Korea and I spent most of my life in Korea, so I have a personal attachment to my motherland. I know Korea is better than the dog meat trade. That’s why I am making this documentary.
What’s special about Compassion Soup?
I’ve seen many other works about the dog meat trade, but most of them focus on scenes of cruelty. They oversimplify the issue and make it simply about good vs. bad. In reality, the dog meat trade is way more complicated.
That’s why this documentary is so important. We need to see the issue from all different angles: dog lovers, dog meat consumers and people from the dog meat industry and also the social, political and economical perspectives. Only then will people understand the complexity of the dog meat debate. Compassion comes from empathy. Empathy comes from understanding. If people don’t understand the complexity of the issue, this debate will never end and more dogs will die.
What’s the core message of the documentary?
Let me tell you a story.There is a small tribe in Africa. When someone does something wrong, the person is taken to the centre of the village. Not for a beating or any kinds of punishment. But for two days people from the village approach the person to say all the good things that the person has done in their lives. This helps reconnect the person with his good nature.
The goal of Compassion Soup is to reconnect Koreans with their compassionate nature. We need to build understanding, empathy and compassion in Korea and around the world. Only then will we see real progress toward replacing cruelty with compassion for dogs in Korea and for all animals.
Please help us make this film.
We are currently running a campaign to raise the funds needed to begin production on this important film. If you are able, please consider donating to the film. Also, please use the share links below to help spread the word with your friends and family. With your help we can replace cruelty with compassion for dogs in Korea.