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Subject: Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sister city to Icheon, South Korea
Dear Mayor Javier Gonzales.
Dear City Council members.
According to the Korean Governor's Association database, Santa Fe, New Mexico, became Sister city to Icheon, South Korea in Nov. 2013. http://www.icheon.go.kr/site/eng/sub.do?key=4499
Dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, regardless of the fact that it is illegal under South Korean Law because of the barbaric ways in which this takes place– 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.
For your information:
And the petition:
These creatures cannot speak for themselves which is why I am writing on their behalf.
I believe that your city wishes to be made aware of this ongoing issue, and not want to be affiliated with a city 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.
So, I am asking you to please speak with your counterparts in Icheon, especially Mayor Byung-Don Cho, to 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 hideous and so often concealed subject, thank you.