We know you don’t want to think about animal torture. None of you want to see a photo of dogs fighting to get out of a pot where they are being boiled alive. But ignoring their suffering because you can’t handle it won’t make it go away. South Korea’s Bok Nal – dog meat – festival has just begun. Maybe we can help end it by petitioning the hell out of them and boycotting the Olympics.
I don’t know about you, but I always loved watching the Olympics. It was one of those things that my mom and dad liked, for their various events, so we looked forward to watching them every two years. It was neat getting to see people from all over the world – to see what they looked like, and what kind of clothing they’d wear to represent them. But now I refuse to watch, and I’m not alone in my decision.
I didn’t know about the Yulin dog meat festival in China when the Olympics were there in 2008. But I did know about the persecution of gay people and the culling of street dogs in Sochi in 2014, so I didn’t watch. And I know about the torture of dogs and other animals now, so I certainly won’t be watching when the games are back in Beijing in 2022. And in 2018, I definitely will be boycotting the winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Just as in China, many South Koreans brutally murder dogs and cats to eat. The Bok Nal Festival has just begun. Yes, meat is eaten in most areas of the world, but the slaughter of the animals is nothing in comparison to what these poor creatures go through.
The name of the festival means “dog meat eating days,” and it takes place now because these are the “dog days of summer.” So ludicrously, these people believe that inhumanely butchering and boiling dogs alive will magically lower the temperature in their country.
This is absolutely heartbreaking, and thousands of people are petitioning and protesting. (But Americans have no problem eating lobster…) And now there are petitions to boycott the Olympics that will be taking place there in two short years.
Guardians of Rescue has been working tirelessly to save as many of the dogs as they can, as well as raise awareness to what their future will be without our help. If you would like to donate to help them save as many lives as possible, both locally and globally, CLICK HERE.
To sign GoR’s petition, please click here.
There is also another petition to boycott the PyeongChang Olympics, which can be found by clicking here.
Guardians is also urging people to send letters directly to Korean officials, letting them know they will not be attending or watching the games as long as this tradition continues. It’s easy to ignore a petition, but it’s hard to overlook a mountain of mail! Here are some of their addresses:
Honorable Ambassador Choi Young-jin
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
2450 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
President Park Geun-hye
President of South Korea
Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820
Republic of Korea
The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon
760 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017