I’m sure you’ve heard about the dog meat industry in Korea, and how terrible this is. over two million dogs are slaughtered each year by Korea’s unregulated dog meat industry, often after enduring unbearable suffering.
Here are a few words from E.K. Park, Founder/Director of Free Korean Dogs, who’s working on a documentary about the subject. Please read carefully, as we found this very interesting and important.
Compassion Soup instead of Dog Meat Soup
I grew up on a small farm in the South Korean countryside. In 2002 I moved to Toronto, where I live today with my husband, two dogs, and a chubby cat. When I was young, there were always animals on the farm: chickens, pigs, cows, and dogs. But I never paid much attention to them. Unfortunately, they were no more than a financial means for my poor family. But living with the wonderful creatures, Tavish, Hamish and Nabi, has opened my eyes and heart particularly towards the dogs suffering in dog meat farms in Korea.
Dogs play a complex role in Korean society. On one hand, over two million dogs are slaughtered each year by Korea’s unregulated dog meat industry, often after enduring unbearable suffering, just to feed Korea’s insatiable appetite for dog meat soup. On the other hand, dogs are kept as pets in one out of five Korean households. Some dogs live in luxury while others are tortured beyond most people’s imagination.In 1988, when Korea hosted the summer Olympics, the Korean government partially banned dog meat in Korean restaurants due to the international pressure. Now with Korea once again in the global spotlight hosting the 2018 winter Olympics, there is no better time than now to take it all the way and bring an end to the dog meat trade. Further, since Korea has a huge impact on its fellow countries both economically and culturally, a ban on dog meat in Korea will have an immense impact and a ripple effect throughout Asia.
To help the voiceless dogs, I created Free Korean Dogs and started an online campaign to raise $32,000 to produce Compassion Soup, a feature documentary film that dispels the myths, presents the facts and explores effective ways to end dog meat consumption in Korea by promoting education, evolution and empathy rather than shame, blame, and defame.
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. With this film, we hope to spark the wisdom that will ignite a change in perception toward dogs in Korea. Please help us to create Compassion Soup.To donate, please go to: www.freekoreandogs.org/donate.
For more information, please visit: www.freekoreandogs.org .