CCTV footage of the dog running through a car park while engulfed in flames was shown on national TV news channels and prompted angry discussions on social network sites.  The dog ran into a garage and triggered a fire which gutted the structure in Yongin, a city south of Seoul, on Sunday, Jan 20, 2013.  The group Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth offered a three million Korean won ($2,813 USD) reward for information leading to the arrest of those behind the incident.  "Whatever they tried to do, whether to kill, eat or abuse the dog, this cannot be tolerated for any reason," the group said.

However, this is not an isolated case in South Korea.  Dogs are burned alive in South Korea everyday.  "Dogs are killed with high-voltage electrocution, which takes anywhere from thirty seconds to three minutes, hanged, and even beaten to death at the request of customers who believe the meat more tender and tastier the greater the suffering (one of the most pernicious of myths), and that the so-called medicinal properties are enhanced.  They are most often killed within sight of their cage mates. They are then thrown into a tub of boiling water, often still alive, and then into a rotating drum for the removal of their fur, and finally blow torched.  At Moran Market, South Korea's largest open air-market for dog meat, dog carcasses are on display next to the cages of live dogs. Cats are often bludgeoned and thrown into boiling water while still alive."  Frightening and horrific cruelty to man's best friends is endemic and systematic in South Korean society.

These unprecedented cruelty towards animals can no longer be tolerated and it is our moral duty to urge South Korean government to respect and enforce not just its own but the Global Animal Protection Laws.  Each year 2 million dogs and thousands of cats are brutally killed and eaten.  These helpless animals are forced to endure unspeakable suffering,  deprivation and torture from birth to death.  Abandoned pets end up as meat as well.  We oppose this on ethical, health, environmental and moral grounds.  It is unconscionable for the South Korean Government to ignore the huge growing shock and outcry on social media sites all over the world.   

Sources:  Burning dog sparks public outcry in South Korea:

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[2/26/2013 Update]  National Forensic Service found the dog burned alive was actually a cat.  Reward for information leading to an arrest has been raised to 5 million Korean won ($4,570 USD).

[2/26/2013 Update]  Petition letter with signature list was emailed to 15 South Korean government officials including the President Geun-Hye Park ( with CC to 3 Korean newspapers, various officials at UN FAO (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization) and OIE (World Organization for Animal Health).
However, keep signing & sharing as we will send the signature list again later this year.  We will not stop advocating against the animal cruelty and dog meat consumption in South Korea until this evil practice comes to an end.  Thank you!   


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