International Day Of Action For South
Korean Dogs And Cats
Just A Few Days Away
IDA has been buzzing
with activity in preparation for our International Day of Action for South
Korean Dogs and Cats. We organized over 40
events in 6 countries focusing worldwide attention on the plight of
dogs and cats tortured, killed and eaten in South Korea. South Korean embassy
and consulate workers in the U.S.
will spend their lunchtime on August 16 viewing our signs and reading our
brochures outside their buildings. Our new, powerful poster that you can download for free
sends the message that dogs are friends, not food.
have been working hard coordinating events and creatively spreading the message. One of our amazing coordinators in Boston created this t-shirt for our Day of Action. Others are having letter-writing events at veggie
restaurants, encouraging participants to write letters to South Korean officials
and letters to the editor. Check here
to see if there is an event near you. If not, you can still participate in our virtual demo!
One of our
South Korean partners, Korean Animal Rights
Advocates (KARA), will
commemorate the last of the three Bok days (dog-eating days) on August 13,
riding the striking blue bus bearing IDA’s logo, and the slogan: “Tears
of Boknal: Dogs are the same. There is no dog for meat,” attracting attention everywhere it
goes. Activists will make stops at Insadong, Myeong-dong, and Gangnam station to
hand out leaflets.
Our other partner, Coexistence for Animal
Rights on Earth (CARE), recently
came to the aid of a dog who, tied to a pole, was being beaten mercilessly by
an elderly couple, until a woman who used to feed him saved his life and brought
him to CARE. He was then rushed to the nearest veterinary hospital. With a
cracked skull and broken jaw, he underwent numerous surgeries and now, fully
recovered, Jang su (meaning “long live”) has been adopted by the hospital. CARE
is pursuing legal action against this couple and gathering signatures from
supporters to ask the government to amend the Animal
delighted that a number of Korean-Americans have written to us about IDA’s
campaign on behalf of the dogs and cats in South Korea. Here is one:
Rescuer Eugene Kim said, "I support IDA's efforts to end
the consumption of cats and dogs in South Korea. It’s true that cruelty
to animals has no boundaries and it must end!"
Click here to read a debate about this issue in The Korea Herald.