Urgent Message from Kyenan & Sunnan.....Korean Dogs
- Urgent Message from Kyenan & Sunnan
Dear Friend to Korean Animals,
The letter below is from an eyewitness to the some of the worst
cruelty I have ever heard described, made even worse by the dog
butcher's insensitivity to his victim as a sentient, feeling being.
The white dog expressed love for his trusted guardian right up to the
moment he handed him over to the butcher.
Chun Am (a pseudonym), Sunnan and myself are urging animal defenders
everywhere to circulate this letter as widely as possible, and to
send by regular mail or by email to the Korean government officials.
(See addresses below)
Be warned--the letter is very graphic and heart-wrenching, and I cry
tears of rage and sorrow every time I read it, which is why I haven't
been able to translate it for our non-Korean members until now. It
sickens me, and I am deeply angered that these acts continue in the
face of so much denial from so many, including government officials,
who refuse to believe that these animals are deliberately tortured
with maximum cruelty.
Please send your strong protest letters with a copy of Chun Am's
letter to as many Korean government officials, Korean Embassies and
Korean companies as you can.
2. Letter from Chun Am-His Eyewitness Account of Horrific Dog Torture
(Translated from original letter in Korean)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THESE TERRIBLE, CRUEL ACTS?
At 7:30 on the morning of May 14, 2002, I left my inn to take a walk
by Manripo Beach. I came upon two men talking. One man walked up to a
dog tied up by a stream.
This white dog was jumping up and down and wagging his tail, happy to
see his owner. The owner untied the rope from the tree and used the
rope to tie up the dog. He handed him over to the other man.
From the moment he was handed over to the second man, the dog was
unable to move and the man dragged the dog for about twenty meters to
a post. He put the rope around the post and yanked the dog over
roughly, then tied him to the post.
The dog was screaming in pain and flailing. This middle-aged man used
his two hands to pull on the dog's tail with all his strength,
causing the dog to be choked around the neck, crushing the dog's
backbone. Then he was using all his strength to pull the dog by his
left leg. Next he did the same with the right leg.
While the dog was still alive, he was tearing his body apart. The dog
was barely able to move, and he was moaning with horrible pain. He
took a short break, looking at the dog and observing the dog's dying
condition. He waited a few minutes, and proceeded to repeat these
actions about three times over the next thirty minutes.
He stopped to check if the dog was breathing to make sure he was
still alive, then he went back to his house, four meters away. The
dog was still alive and still moving. I asked this man, "Why are you
killing this dog so painfully, so cruelly? Why can't you kill him
quickly?" He thought I was a dogmeat buyer or someone who enjoyed
He smiled at me and proudly told me, "Dog should take a long time to
be killed, that way it tastes better." At that moment I was so
enraged. "All the other countries who don't eat dog advance as a
country. If we don't stop eating dogs, we are never going to be a
progressive country." "People in Seoul enjoy eating dog more." the
dog butcher replied, and he went back to his room.
My heart was aching and pounding with panic. I couldn't breathe from
the shock. I ran the 150 meters back to the inn, my back and face
covered in sweat and tears. An hour later I calmed down. The group I
was travelling with had to leave. While I was leaving, I looked at
the dog and saw him still tied up, dangling on the post. I was
thinking about how many hours would pass until sunset and how long
this butcher would hang the dog alive, if he was still alive.
I cried and closed my eyes. "White Dog, I wish you peace in heaven.
The man who killed you is so cruel, how can he be part of our Korean
people? White Dog, you can't forgive the butcher, but I will do it
for you. I feel that our country is still so primitive. Someday the
butcher will die. I believe that he will die just like you died, with
When you are reborn, hopefully you are never born into a country like
this one, I hope you will be born into some advanced country."
This past week, I cannot work, I cannot sleep with the rage and this
feeling of despair. This man had put in a big post in front of his
house with equipment all around it, which seems to show that he has
been doing this kind of work for a long time. He does this thing when
an order comes from a dog soup restaurant. I am sure this expert dog
butcher knows how to give maximum cruelty.
That white dog so cruelly killed was eaten by savage dog eaters at a
table of drinking, laughing people, who pay expensively for tender
In my life, I have observed that the dog meat eaters are always
ailing, are never healthy and don't live a long time. I don't know
Everyone, please be aware there is no one in this world more cruel
than this butcher. Would you like to go to this Manripo Beach in
Taeahn-gun where you might see this evil, cruel man who has already
given up his humanity?
Please let everyone all over the country know about this cruel man
and his acts by sending this letter continuously to the newspapers,
television, magazines-use all the media. Let them know the name of
Because I fear revenge, I regretfully cannot reveal my real identity,
but some day I will.
His Excellency Kim Dae-jung
President of the Republic of Korea
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1, Sejongno, Jongno-gu
Republic of Korea
Ministry of Agriculture
Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province
South Korea 427-760
77-6 Sejong-Ro, Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea 110-050
Minister Lee, Tae-Bok
The Ministry of Health and Welfare
Kwanchun City, Kyoungki-do
South Korea 427-760
Mr. Yang, Kyu-Hwan
Director, Korean Food and Drug Administration
5 Nokbun-dong, Unpyoung-fu
Seoul, South Korea 122-704
(Ask to crack down on and close dog meat restaurants.)
Fax letters to: 02-503-7551 or mail to the above address.
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