Lady Freethinker Launches Ad Campaign In South Korea & China To Help End The Dog & Cat Meat Trade
Los Angeles-based animal rights organization Lady Freethinker (LFT) launched an awareness campaign in South Korea and China urging citizens to keep dogs off their dinner plates and to treat them like family.
The move continues LFT’s ongoing efforts to stop the dog meat trade in Asian countries.
The first set of ads was introduced on buses in Gimpo, South Korea, late last year. This month, ads began running on February 10th in the city of Shenyang’s Xita district stop, China, an area notorious for cruel dog meat restaurants.
Created in cooperation with Save Korean Dogs, LFT’s Korean ads have already reached thousands of people with messages translating to, “Dogs are not food but family,” and “Please do not eat me.”
Meanwhile, LFT’s Chinese bus stop ad, which began this week, depicts a loving family with a dog, with a message in Chinese reading, “Dogs are family, not food.”
There are an estimated 17,000 dog meat farms throughout South Korea, with some two million dogs slaughtered for human consumption each year. It is the only country in the world with large scale factory dog farms, where the animals are housed in filthy conditions without adequate food, water or veterinary care.
China has a booming black market for dog and cat meat, slaughtering approximately 10 million dogs and four million cats annually. Criminal gangs kidnap the dogs from families or shoot them in the streets with poison darts, then cram them in tiny cages and truck them, sometimes for days without food or water, to restaurants and slaughterhouses.
In both China and Korea, many of the dogs are hung, torched alive, or electrocuted in the false belief that torture will make the meat taste better or boost the virility of those who consume it, which is false.
The 2019 campaign follows last year’s crusade that included sponsoring a bus ad in Jeonju, South Korea, imploring people not to slaughter and eat dogs.
With worldwide pressure from advocates to stop the killing and consumption of dogs for their meat, change is on the horizon. Last November, South Korea’s biggest slaughterhouse closed, adding to an ever-expanding list of meat farms and killing facilities that have gone out of business.
In addition to posting ads, LFT works directly with rescuers on the ground in China and South Korea, helping provide food, warmth, and veterinary care for dogs and cats rescued from the meat trade. In 2018 alone, LFT supported the rescue of 24 dogs from China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and contributed to the care of hundreds more.
LFT will continue campaigning and collecting petitions worldwide until the dog and cat meat trade has ended.
Sign the Petition to Ban Dog and Cat Meat in China HERE!
Sign the Petition to Outlaw Dog and Cat Meat in South Korea HERE!