Calling ALL Los Angeles Animal Rights Activists!
Join SaveKoreanDogs.org and the Save Korean Dogs USA Foundation as we demonstrate peacefully outside the Korean Consulate in Los Angeles on the eve of the first day of *Boknal.
We support all the activists on the ground in Korea, and worldwide, in their unwavering determination and effort to create change in the face of brutality and corruption. With your participation, the movement in Los Angeles continues to grow as we fight for the dogs who suffer in the brutal dog meat trade.
WHERE – Consulate General of the Republic of Korea
3243 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010
WHEN – Thursday, July 11, 2019, 11:00 – 1:00
PARKING – There is an adjacent parking lot and additional public lots and street parking within a 2-3 block radius.
WHAT TO BRING – Bring water, sunscreen, hats. We will have some posters to loan out, but you are also encouraged to bring your own.
WHAT TO WEAR – Wear ALL your colors; t-shirts from past protests, SaveKoreanDogs, Stop Dog Meat, homemade, whatever inspires you. ALL rescue groups and animal rights activists are welcome.
GENERAL RULES OF CONDUCT – Stay out of the street. Do not block traffic, driveways, entrances, or pedestrian walkways. Obey all law enforcement officers.
We will MARCH and we will CHANT: From the Korean Consulate we will march two blocks west on Wilshire to Catalina – north to 6th Street – south on New Hampshire – and back to Wilshire.
BACKGROUND – Although the Jindo dog is considered a national treasure in South Korea, nearly 2 million dogs a year are bred and slaughtered for human consumption. Dogs are slaughtered between eight months to one year old. Most horrifically, butchers intentionally torture dogs to prolong the suffering due to the false belief that it enhances male virility, combats fatigue, and balances the body’s heat during *Boknal, summer’s three hottest days according to Korea’s lunar calendar. Dog meat is consumed either as a soup (boshintang), or as a tonic (gaesoju) sold in traditional medicine shops.
Korean “meat” dogs live in squalid and unsanitary conditions with no standard of care. Nami Kim uses sanitation laws to shut down dog meat farms. She saves as many dogs as possible and finds them homes throughout the US and Canada. These sweet dogs have been through so much, but with love, patience, and stability, they will become the dogs they were always meant to be.
(*Often wrongly referred to as a festival, Boknal is NOT a single event (like the Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival). Saying “Stop Boknal” is like saying “Stop Wednesday”. The Boknal days this year are July 12th, July 22nd, and August 11th 2019.)
Statement to the Korean Consulate Los Angeles:
There is no honor in the torture and slaughter of innocent dogs in a civilized and modern society.
I respectfully urge the Korean government to adopt animal cruelty laws to end the suffering of the 2 million dogs killed annually in Korea’s dog meat trade. Dogs are sentient, feeling beings who need protection from the atrocities inflicted upon them every day in the dog meat trade. I strongly urge the Korean government to pass laws that would ban the dog meat trade, and where cruelty to all animals is punishable under those laws.
Organizers: Nami Kim, Susan Campbell, Heidi Leland
It is only with your generous donations that we can do what we do.
US donations are tax deductible: PayPal.me/savekoreandogsUSA