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    De: KARA Asunto: KARA Newsletter Fecha: viernes, 31 julio, 2009 7:22 Monthly Newsletter No. 7 - July, 2009 Hi everyone, We are
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      De: KARA <admin@...>
      Asunto: KARA Newsletter
      Fecha: viernes, 31 julio, 2009 7:22

      Monthly Newsletter
      No. 7 - July, 2009

      Hi everyone,
      We are pleased to announce the inauguration of our new director, Soonrye Yim. Expect to see some new directions and improvements for KARA in the future.
      This month KARA also published the second volume of its Korean language magazine, Soom. It's 240 pages are packed full of articles, plenty of color pictures and activities. Thanks to the editors for a truly professional job.
      Apart of from these events, this month has been filled with anti-dog meat campaigning, since summer is such a murderous season for dogs.

      Massive Anti-Dog Meat Petition

      United Dogs Petition
      United Dogs is Europe’s leading social network for dog-owners. Recently, United Dogs contacted KARA for support in a petition against the Korean dog meat industry, called Stop Killing Dogs. We said sure!
      When finished, KARA will be presenting the petition to Korean officials at the highest level. We encourage everyone to sign and show your support for ending the cruel dog meat industry.
      Sign the petition here!

      Anti-Dog Meat Rally

      Dog Rally
      On July 24, KARA members and their companion animals put on their KARA t-shirts, took up their placards and signs, and marched through the tourist area of Insadong in central Seoul.
      Naturally attracted a lot of attention with all the dogs in their matching KARA t-shirts. The public response to the rally was very positive and encouraging, even if there were a couple of old codgers here and there salivating.
      Read about the afternoon rally here.

      When in Rome ... Not!

      Doomed Dogs
      Foreigners in Korea are sometimes annoying when they come out with lame cliches concerning the dog meat industry. For example, they will say it is a tradition, so no one should criticize it, or they will say only a special "dog-eating breed" is eaten, so eating dog meat is OK.
      Such statements based on ignorance and driven by lazy thinking really annoy KARA member Ashely McMahan. She got so annoyed she wrote a response to all those foreigners who don't like to think too deeply.
      Read what Ashely has to say here.

      Adopted Dogs End Up As Dog Tonic

      Dog AbuseIt is a sad fact in Korea that people abandon their dogs in the mountains, in parks, and in city streets. It is not uncommon to see dogs wandering around lost, and you know that there is every chance they will be snatched up and turned into dog meat.
      But it is even worse to think that owners will betray their pets and callously sell them to a dog meat trader. It happens all too often.
      Read about just such a case here.

      This Issue's Net Highlights

      • It's hard to imagine how people can get their kicks from abusing the babies of other animals, but that's what they do at rodeos. This video shows phony cowboys throwing around baby goats!

      • Something that brings new hope to many frustrated employers out there is the news that chimps can learn to build tools by watching a video demonstration! Smart guys. Read about this very human behaviour from chimps here!

      • The longest insect migration is not undertaken, as you might think, by the Monarch butterfly. Read about the extraordinary record-breaking migration of an insect across countries and open ocean waters. As biologist Charles Anderson remarks, this just illustrates how little we know about the natural world.

      • Meat free Mondays is something that is spreading and seems to be working its way into modern culture. Perhaps one day it'll be as common as smoke free restaurants and pubs are now. Read about Puma's Meat Free Mondays..

      • Speaking of meat, if you need some more reasons for why a lot us don't eat it, read an overview of the monstrous meat-guzzler.

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    • tachi salas
      De: KARA Asunto: KARA Newsletter Fecha: miércoles, 2 de diciembre, 2009 21:29 Monthly Newsletter No. 11 November, 2009 Hi
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        De: KARA <admin@...>
        Asunto: KARA Newsletter
        Fecha: miércoles, 2 de diciembre, 2009 21:29

        Monthly Newsletter No. 11
        November, 2009

        Hi everyone,
        This month has been pretty busy with improvements being made to help us better protect animals and with KARA's new manager tackling issues head on . . .

        Memorial Service for Dumbi

        Kitten
        Dumbi was the name of a miniature dog that died as a result of a fall onto concrete at a Daegu subway station. A normal dog, not weakened by unnatural breeding practices, would have survived the fall.
        The irony was that Dumbi died on the day she was being made an honorary subway station attendant! KARA and others held a memorial to draw attention to "manufactured" mini-pets and to their exploitation in promotional events.
        Read about the sad story of Dumbi here.

        Dog Farm Near High School

        Yongin Dog FarmUnbelievably, in the Yongin region south of Seoul there is a dog farm right next to a high school. Both teachers and students have been complaining about it and the awful smells and cries they have to put up with.
        KARA went down to investigate and found appalling conditions. Talks are in progress to shut the place down.
        Read about this disgraceful situation here.

        KARA Protests Moves by MBC to Televise Hunting Program

        Suicide foodWhen word came out that MBC, a television station in Seoul, was planning to televise a program involving celebrities hunting pigs, KARA and other animal welfare groups sprung into action.
        A news conference was called on November 30 at the National Assembly building, not far from the MBC station building, to call attention to MBC's irresponsibility and its sick idea of entertainment.
        Read about the events here.

        Seoul Agricultural & Marine Products Corporation Bullies Pet Owners

        Suicide foodKARA answered calls for help after learning that the Seoul Agricultural & Marine Products Corporation, which runs Garak Market, was telling shop owners to get rid of pets.
        The tactics used involved fines and threats of business closure. This seemed rather heavy handed for a small group of shop owners whose pets accompany them to work.
        Read about KARA's investigation here.

        Anti-Dog Meat Petition Ongoing

        United Dogs Petition
        At the time of writing, United Dogs' online petition against Korea's dog meat industry is over the 308,000 mark. This is a great achievement, but the ambitious aim of a million signatures is still a long way off.
        If you haven't signed already, head on over and sign the petition. If you need to, you can see different language versions of the page using its top-right drop down list.
        Please tell your friends!

        This Issue's Net Highlights

        • Most people know that one thing you should avoid is veal because it involves humans torturing the infants of other animals. It's not just the confinement calves suffer, they are also subjected to other cruelties and inhumane slaughter. WARNING: it is graphic.

        • Author Ari Solomon thinks that it is only stupid people that say animals are stupid. We agree with him. See why only an idiot would call animals stupid.

        • Perhaps the answer to the problems of factory farming lies in Peter Singer's suggestion to introduce a meat tax. Though judging by the range of ill-informed comments, it won't get a lot of support.

        • It seems like not a week goes by without another expose of the horrors of factory farming. Here is yet another investigation into the nightmare of pork farming. If you don't like what you see, don't eat pork.

        • What seems to make the terrible treatment of pigs even worse is that yet another study has found that they are really quite intelligent.

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      • tachi salas
        De: KARA Asunto: KARA Newsletter Fecha: jueves, 31 de diciembre, 2009 06:05 Monthly Newsletter No. 12 December, 2009 Hi everyone,
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          De: KARA <admin@...>
          Asunto: KARA Newsletter
          Fecha: jueves, 31 de diciembre, 2009 06:05

          Monthly Newsletter No. 12
          December, 2009

          Hi everyone,
          December has been a month of fundraising, aid delivery and rescues . . .

          KARA's Annual Fundraiser

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          On December 12, KARA held it's annual fundraiser at the Bird's 'n Bugs Cafe in downtown Seoul. Like last year, everyone paid a donation of 50,000 won ($50) to get in the door.
          This year a number of celebrities were also present and they pledged their own donations, either as a one off amount or by way of monthly payment.
          Read about the successful evening here.

          Zein Xeno Gallery Fundraiser Opening Night

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          Famous Korean cartoonist Park Jae Dong donated some of his artworks to KARA for fundraising. KARA exhibited these at Zein Xeno Gallery, not far from Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul, and prints were available for 120,000 won each.
          Opening night was on December 21, with celebrities and other important guests in attendance.
          Read about the gallery night here.

          Food Aid Delivered to Shelters

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          Some money from KARA's recent fundraiser was put to work immediately to supply a shelter urgently in need of food.
          The recipient was the Buchon Miracle Shelter, so named perhaps because it's a miracle it exists. Pictures of the delivery are here.
          Also, a delivery through KARA's regular Nanum Garden food aid program was made this month. Information on that delivery can be found here.

          Reply to An Obnoxious Dog Meat Supporter

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          Most foreigners who write about Korea's dog meat issue complacently tip-toe around it, saying it's up to the Korean government to take care of things. Well, easier said than done.
          But sometimes you get an over-the-top rant in support of eating dogs. Such is the case on a Korean American's blog some months back. This demanded a reply, exposing it for what it is.
          You can check out the rebuttal here.

          Anti-Dog Meat Petition Ongoing

          United Dogs Petition
          At the time of writing, United Dogs' online petition against Korea's dog meat industry is over the 336,000 mark. This is a great achievement, but the ambitious aim of a million signatures is still a long way off.
          If you haven't signed already, head on over and sign the petition. If you need to, you can see different language versions of the page using its top-right drop down list.
          Please tell your friends!

          This Issue's Net Highlights

          • The more scientists look, the more similarities they find between animals and ourselves, the latest being that chimps chop up their food into more manageable portions.

          • The oceans have plenty of smart creatures as well. Octopuses, for one, has long been known to be very smart, and now they have joined the growing list of tool using animals after they were seen carrying coconuts around.

          • Welfare for farm animals across the European Union could improve now that the Lisbon Treaty has made animal sentience a legislative Article. This victory means that recognizing farm animals as sentient beings will be taken more seriously.

          • Large agricultural corporations don't care about animals, they don't care about environmental damage, and they don't care about you. Money is what they care about and when that's threatened they get irrationally defensive.

          • Speaking of uncaring agribusinesses, you can express what you think of them through careful food choices and withholding money that rewards their animal abuse. So, here are tips on how to avoid factory farmed meats.

          This email was sent to you because you are registered or affiliated with the Korea Animal Rights Advocates website at http://animalrightskorea.org.

          If you have any queries, please contact
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        • tachi salas
          De: KARA Asunto: KARA Newsletter Fecha: sábado, 30 de enero, 2010 21:55 Monthly Newsletter No. 13 January, 2010 Hi everyone,
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            De: KARA <admin@...>
            Asunto: KARA Newsletter
            Fecha: sábado, 30 de enero, 2010 21:55

            Monthly Newsletter No. 13
            January, 2010

            Hi everyone,
            January has been a very busy month culminating in rallies against a dog torturer and Korea's useless animal protection laws . . .
            These emergency rallies made us realize at KARA's English site that we need to organize a local activist mail-out list, so that local activists can be easily alerted about such events in the future. If you would like your name on that list, simply email the admin address at the bottom of this newsletter with "activist" in the Subject line.

            Rallies Against Dog Torturer and Useless Animal Protection Laws

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            On January 22, 2010, several animal welfare organizations including KARA held a rally outside the Songpa Police Headquarters in Seoul. This was to protest the lack of punishment for a dog torturer and killer ... more.
            On January 24, 2010, another rally was held to highlight Korea's totally inadequate animal protection laws that allow psychos to get away with murder ... more

            KARA in the News: Shelters Overflow with Abandoned Pets

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            An article appeared in the English publication of the JoongAng Daily, January 14, 2010, featuring KARA's activities and highlighting the terrible problem of animal abandonment and strays in Korea, which is something of a national disgrace.
            Some Koreans treat dogs like toys or accessories and regrettably cast them out when they feel like it ... more

            Grandpa Kim's Shelter in Trouble

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            KARA is one of a number of groups that are answering the call to help Grandpa Kim, who runs a dog shelter all on his own but whose health is failing. He is greatly worried about the future of the dogs in his care.
            Grandpa Kim was diagnosed with throat cancer and is asking either for assistance or for someone to take over his shelter ... more

            A Visit to KAPS's Famous Boeun Shelter

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            The Korean Animal Protection Society or KAPS is run by founder Sunnan Kum of Daegu, who has been fighting to protect animals in Korea for decades. KAPS has two shelters, one in Daegu and one in Boeun, just north of Daejeon.
            The Boeun shelter has a reputation of being the best in Korea, so I paid a visit one wintry day to meet with Sunnan and tour the shelter ... more

            Silvia's Story of Two Special Cats

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            KARA's English website is visited by animal lovers from all over the world, some of whom register with the site and offer their support despite being so far away. Silvia is one of those people.
            She's an animal lover who lives in Spanish speaking Uruguay, and she's written a story about two beloved cats for all you cat lovers out there ... more

            District Office Confines Young Tigers to Tiny Cages

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            When a district office decided it would put on a display of young tigers for the public to mark the beginning of the Year of the Tiger, it failed to actually give any thought to the welfare of the tigers.
            What is worse, it lied to the public about what was happening with the tigers at night ... more

            Anti-Dog Meat Petition Ongoing

            United Dogs Petition
            At the time of writing, United Dogs' online petition against Korea's dog meat industry is over the 363,000 mark. This is a great achievement, but the ambitious aim of a million signatures is still a long way off.
            If you haven't signed already, head on over and sign the petition. If you need to, you can see different language versions of the page using its top-right drop down list.
            Please tell your friends!

            This Issue's Net Highlights

            This email was sent to you because you are registered or affiliated with the Korea Animal Rights Advocates website at http://animalrightskorea.org.

            If you have any queries, please contact
            admin@...


          • tachi salas
            De: KARA Asunto: KARA Newsletter Para: tachigb@yahoo.es Fecha: sábado, 30 de octubre, 2010 06:29 Monthly Newsletter No. 22
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              De: KARA <admin@...>
              Asunto: KARA Newsletter
              Para: tachigb@...
              Fecha: sábado, 30 de octubre, 2010 06:29

              Monthly Newsletter No. 22
              October, 2010

              Hi everyone,
              Here are a few things of note among the news items for this month ...

              Rescue from a Puppy Mill

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              Like many other countries, Korea is not free of the evils of puppy mills where profit is all the operators care about and abuse and neglect is all the dogs ever know. It's not helped by online malls, pet shops and even vets in Korea selling pets. Fortunately, some dogs have been rescued from their squalor.
              While the rescue was successful, it wasn't all a happy ending ... more

              Breeder Promotes Dog Fighting Online

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              A concerned animal lover alerted us to a website of a Korean dog breeder that brazenly promotes dog fighting and the merits of his Tosa Inu breed of dogs as fighters. The Tosa Inu, a Japanese breed of dog, is also bred for fighting in Japan, which is the center for this kind of dog fighting.
              Unfortunately, it looks like Korea has its own Tosa dog-fighting community ... more

              Sand: A Short Story About a Stray Dog

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              A KARA supporter submitted a short story to us about a dog he adopted some months ago. He found the dog, whom he named Sand, outside a shop and took her home. But Sand had to be kept outdoors. Things were going well, but that didn't last long because some people have no respect for animals ever if they are other people's pets.
              At least Sand knew what a good home was for a short while ... more

              Cadmium in Korean Octopuses

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              Highly toxic cadmium has been found in the heads of tiny octopuses that are very popular seafood in Korean. After a government warning about potential for toxic poisoning, people stopped eating them and naturally fishermen and restaurateurs were outraged and protested.
              To the government's credit, it didn't back down and stuck by its warning ... more

              Patty Mark Interview

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              Abolitionist Online has kindly allowed us to republish an interview done with Patty Mark, the Australian animal rights activist who founded Animal Liberation Victoria. She originated the open-rescue actions, which have been successfully emulated around the world.
              She's a straight-talking spokesperson and has some great things to say ... more

              New Donation Spending Page

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              In order to be transparent about what happens to donations specifically made through the English site a new page has been setup to detail donation spending. All donations go to helping animals because the English site is run purely on a volunteer basis.
              Part of this year's donations have gone to a worthy shelter ... more

              Anti-Dog Meat Petition Still Going

              United Dogs Petition
              At the time of writing, United Dogs' online petition against Korea's dog meat industry has nearly cracked the 500,000 mark! But the ambitious aim of a million signatures is still a long way off.
              If you haven't signed already, head on over and sign the petition. If you need to, you can see different language versions of the page using its top-right drop down list. Please tell your friends!

              This Month's Net Highlights

              • Compassion Over Killing has produced some commercials that are airing in the US on three channels. You can catch them here.

              • Animal Aid in the UK went undercover in a slaughterhouse to expose the brutality that goes on. What they videoed could lead to CCTV being installed in abattoirs.

              • Sadly, Egypt is developing a bad reputation as a country for animal abuse. Recently dolphins were found languishing in a private swimming pool.

              • We've featured vegan and vegetarian athletes before but not quite like Herschel Walker. This guy is amazing.

              • If you're a chicken nugget lover, or connoisseur of fast-food meat, you probably should know that it comes from pink slime. Hamburger meat is now also washed with ammonia in the US. Yum!

              • Bestselling author Mark Bittmen recently gave an excellent talk on the food crisis that the world will face soon. His solution is "less-meat-arianism." It's an hour long talk but well worth it.

              • Some good news for a change out of China. Negative press has prompted the Chinese government to crack down on abuses in circuses and zoos. It's about time.

              • Ghost ships is a good description of huge automated factory farms where humans are barely involved. It's a nightmarish situation, and when something goes wrong in these Ghost ships thousands of animals die in agony.

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