November 7, 2016
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018
The upcoming Winter Olympics, to be held in Pyeongchang in February 2018, provide the ideal window of opportunity for the government of South Korea to work with HSI to end to the cruel dog meat trade there. In conjunction with our local partner groups, we intend to capitalize on the media spotlight to increase the pressure to remove what is increasingly being seen as a stain on the country’s global reputation.
HSI is not looking for temporary solutions such as we’ve seen in the past. For example, in advance of the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea, the sale of dog meat was temporarily outlawed in Seoul City—but this proved to be little more than a PR exercise to avoid calling attention to it. HSI and our partners are seeking to shut down the dog meat trade permanently, and we are actively engaged in negotiations with policy influencers in the United Kingdom, the United States and South Korea to advance our goal.
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International criticism alone will not see the demise of this horror. For that, we also need to debunk the commonly-held myths about dogs and dog meat that underpin South Koreans’ defense or tolerance of the trade. We believe that no culture in any country must ever be used as an excuse for cruelty, even if it means includes challenging norms, including in the West. The dog meat trade is an issue of cruelty first and foremost.
Most South Koreans have never seen a dog meat farm and are unaware of the shocking conditions these animal endure. There is also a widespread public misconception about the dogs bred for meat—the myth that these dogs are somehow different from "normal dogs" has fostered a societal indifference to their suffering. But HSI has proven in our campaign that all breeds and types of dogs are used in the dog meat trade, including popular pure-breeds such as golden retrievers, huskies and chihuahuas. Some of the dogs are abandoned former pets or dogs from the pet trade who went unsold. Regarding the potential to be loving companions, there is absolutely no difference between "pet dogs" and "meat dogs." Donate and take action to support our campaign.