Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Colorado, sister state to Gangwon-do, South Korea

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Subject: Colorado, sister state to Gangwon-do, South Korea
Governor John Hickenlooper
Office of the Governor
136 State Capitol Bldg
Denver, CO 80203 USA
Colorado Staff,
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade:
Dear Governor,
Dear Sir, Madam:
According to the Korean Governor's Association database, Colorado is a sister state to Gangwon-do, South Korea. 
Dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that state, regardless of the fact that it is illegal under South Korean Law – but the laws are not enforced.
The dog and cat meat trades involve extreme and widespread animal cruelty, and the animals suffer unimaginable pain and distress.
They cannot speak for themselves which is why I am writing on their behalf.
Please watch the below undercover video from this sister state:  https://youtu.be/-gKdhXZKlDo
And be even better informed:
I believe that your state wishes to be made aware of this ongoing issue, and not want to be affiliated with a province where illegal and immoral torture is being carried out on any animal, and particularly not on those that are loyal, trusting and sentient creatures, which look up to us humans as being their guardians.
These illegal trades are still being allowed to continue by Korean authorities – even though there is a large growing opposition from pet owners across South Korea, and throughout the world.
Colorado should not be a sister state to any province or state that allows dogs and cats to be (illegally) tortured and eaten.
So please urge Gangwon-do Governor Moon-Soon Choi to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who sell or serve these products!  
Urge them to enforce their own laws, not ignore them, and to show compassion towards their companion animals, and respect to their own citizens, by bringing these brutal trades finally to an end!
With the Winter Olympics coming up in 2018, this is the time to make change; this is the time to stop the illegal, inhumane and unnecessary cruelty.
I know that South Korea has many beautiful, admirable and noble practices and customs worth preserving, but this is not one of them.
Thank you for your time and understanding.
Please let me know how you feel about this so often concealed subject, thank you.

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