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Which Side Are You On, Eating Dog Meat Or Not?

Are you still fiercely protesting online against Yulin Dog Meat Festival? Yet, beyond the southern city of China, dog-eating is a nationwide tradition in another developing country– the South Korea.

The Statistics & History of Eating Dog Meat in South Korean

A South Korean parliamentarian has conducted a survey on the consumption of dog meat in the country. The Korean people who had just over 40 million in that year ate an average of 2 million dogs a year, and the annual sales of dog meat reached 1.5 trillion won.

The South Korea dog meat eating began almost simultaneously with livestock breeding. Eating dog meat in Korea is more like a “national” food culture. There is no specified festival or season to eat dog meat, as long as you want to eat, dog meat can be served at any time. In North Korea, the full dog luncheon is even served as a national dish to entertain guests.

However, in recent years, the frequency of Koreans eating dog meat has become lower and lower. Many young Koreans not only refuse to eat dog meat, but also are ashamed of eating dog meat. They even hold large-scale protests from time to time, demanding to get rid of the bad habit of eating dog meat.

The Policies that South Korean Made for Dog Meat Restaurants

On the one hand, the owners of dog meat restaurants Korea are fearless, because where there is a market, there is a business. On the other hand, the helpless dog-lovers can only take excessive measures to stop the normal business of dog meat restaurants. The South Korean government has been in a dilemma for a time. In the end, the government has implemented 4 policies in 2016 for this centurial problem.

First, forcibly relocating the dog meat restaurants in downtown areas and roadside to back alleys;

Second, urging the dog meat restaurants to change their names, replace the dog meat restaurant by nutritious soup restaurant;

Third, if a party is found to have adopted a radical approach to protest, it will be punished according to law;

Fourth, it is forbidden to hang the dog to death, and it is forbidden to cruelly slaughter it in front of other dogs.

In my opinion, the first one is better called “strategic transference”, the second one is a change in form but not in content, and the third article can simply say as “protecting dog vendors from being harassed”, the fourth one is only “kill dog in a gentle way”.

What The South Korean Government Do before the 2018 Winter Olympics

Before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to the report of the South Korea’s JTBC TV station, earlier the US media had said that the dog shop closed during the Winter Olympics will receive economic compensation from the South Korean government, and many South Korean media quoted relevant reports. However, in fact, the South Korean Central Government and the Pyeongchang Winner Olympic Committee did not take any measures against dog meat restaurants. The local government of Gangwon Province did take some measures, including listing the dog meat restaurants as “a restaurant that would cause antipathy by foreigners”, giving 20 million won (about 17746 dollar) to the dog meat restaurant that changed the dishes. But only one restaurant in Pyeongchang has applied for and received this subsidy. And if you change the “dog meat” and “Bosintang” on the menu to other names such as “nutritious soup” , you can get up to 10 million won (about 8872 dollar), and there are 12 restaurants made an application. But the government has not banned the sale of dog meat during the Winter Olympics. This move is akin to cry up wine and sell vinegar.

During the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, local government doesn’t want visitors to see what dog meat restaurants do to dogs, so thousands of dogs were transferred to narrow, filthy cages, and what awaits for them is torture before being slaughtered for food. In fact, these dogs have not only lived in fear since the day they were born, they also have experienced trauma and terrible living conditions. Dogs tied up and their legs cut off while alive, thrown into pots to boil while still alive, held down and their fur sliced off with blades…alive, just because people believe the pain makes the meat more effective.

A Eating Dog Case that Cause Concern

South Korea’s “Korean Daily” reported that on June 25th this year, when the dog meat restaurant in South Korea ushered in the hottest period of business, the court suddenly announced a verdict that a dog farm’s principal who slaughtered a dog for the purpose of eating is criminal.

In spite of the animal protection group is cheering, and say that the next step will be a class action against the dog meat restaurants, the eating dog industry is dissatisfied with the judgment.

Although the controversy over whether to eat dog meat or not has been going on in Korea for decades, the latest poll results show that more than half of Korean still agree with the consumption of dog meat. Yonhap News Agency said on the 25th that a survey recently released by professional investigation agencies showed that 51.3% of people opposed the legislation prohibiting the consumption of dog meat.

Stop Consumption, But Protection

The Korean Dog Festival is less well known internationally, so it is less blamed to some extent. According to a scholar said, the Korean Dog Festival is more difficult to deal with because it is a series of activities, not just in one place (like the Yulin Dog Festival).

Unlike the infamous Yulin Dog Festival, the Korean Dog Festival is not an activity that can be banned, but needs to change the habits and thoughts of everyone during the hottest period.

When companion animals are abandoned, feeling ashamed is not enough; when a stray dog is snatched from the street and brutally killed for the meat industry, being angry is not enough; when untrained and under-resourced authorities deal with strays inhumanely, feeling sick doesn’t help. We have to analyze what went wrong and do our best to ensure that other dogs do not suffer the same awful fate. When we work together, animals benefit. When we fight, every body loses.

For anyone who doesn’t understand how truly horrible it is. It is more than just eating dogs and cats. They burn and beat dogs to death and boil dogs in pressure cookers to turn their juices into tonics.

Please End the Violence! The Korea dog meat torture must be stopped. Torture is for cowards. For humans, dogs may be just a lunch, but for dogs, the owner is all for them. If you see dogs as your companion, then protection exists. If you see them as an ingredient, a dish is served. It is critical how we perceive this creature. It is us who have the power to stop this inhumane activity, not the powerless dogs. It is time to stop the brutality. You can choose not to love, but please don’t hurt.

We want to raise international awareness of dogs farming in South Korea through online Korean dog meat protests. By increasing awareness worldwide, we hope to pressure the South Korean government to end these heinous trades. 

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Can You Imagine If You Marry with A Four-legged Friend?

On June 28, 2018, a very special wedding was held in a small fishing village in San Pedro Huamelula, Oaxaca, Mexico. The villagers married a crocodile to  Victor Aguilar Ricardez, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, for good luck and good harvest.

It is reported that marrying a crocodile is a custom of the Chontar Indians, which began in 1789. They believe that the ceremony can bring good luck to fishermen on the Pacific coast of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec of Oaxaca. In this custom, crocodiles are seen as princesses who bring peace and prosperity to the tribe.

The crocodile is mainly baptized first, then put on a custom wedding dress. On the wedding day, it wore a veil and marched on the street with orchestral music. After the parade, the crocodile held a wedding ceremony with the mayor in the town hall.

 

It is really an unimaginable behavior to marry an animal! However, this is not the only case that man marry with animals. We have found other cases of man marry with dogs to share with you.

An Indian married a dog in 2007

When Selva Kumarr was 18, he saw two dogs mating and killed them. He hung their bodies on a tree, and since then he has been bad. In that year, he not only lost his hands and feet but also lost his hearing. After 15 years, Kumar could no stand the pain of the “Curse of the Dog” any more, so he turned to an astrologer for help to get rid of the terrible curse. The astrologer told him: “Look for a dog to get married.” So in November 2007, Selva Kumar married a 10-year-old dog named Selvi.

An Australian married a dog in 2010

In 2010, a 20-year-old Australian man, Joseph Guiso, married his best friend Honey, a 5-year-old dog Labrador.

Guiso is a college student who gave a sweet kiss to his dog at the wedding. More than 30 of Joseph’s friends and relatives and the bride’s many four-legged friends witnessed this sweet moment.

Guiso calls himself a “monk,” and he feels guilty that he and Honey are living together in a non-marital relationship. In spite of this, he assured people that their love is pure and will be always courteous to each other.

An Indian girl married a dog in 2003

In June 2003, Karnamoni Handsa, a 9-year-old girl from a tribe in eastern India, held a wedding with a stray dog. This wedding is a part of an exorcism ritual because the local custom is: if a child’s first tooth is erupted in the upper gums, then the child will encounter a lot of risks in his life. Only to marry a dog can avoid the disaster.

The tribal elders were very open-minded, they said: ”Marriage with a dog does not affect the life of the little girl. She can still get married again, and she does not have to divorce the dog before remarriage.”

What’s your opinion about marry four-legged friends?

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Help Dogs Overcome the Fear of the Independence Day Fireworks 2018

The July, 4th is US Independence Day, which is one of America’s principal legal holiday. People always enjoy themselves that day, however, dogs are under the most stress on this day. Endless fireworks displays may drive them crazy, and even make them fled in disorder and are nowhere to be found. Whether the plan is to go out to view some fireworks or host your own Fourth of July party, it’s important to remember to keep your furry friends safe during the holiday. Here are some simple tips to share with dog lovers.

First, try to stay with the dogs, touch them, and make them calm down. If you have to go out, remember to put them in a safe room, close the doors and windows, and turn on the TV to buffer the sound of fireworks.

Playing music is also a practical way to make dogs calm down. It is most effective to start playing the music before the fireworks displays begin, because the dog can feel calm and relaxed when the music is playing. It is able to connect music with calm emotions. Therefore, the music should be played in a few hours before fireworks begin, and continued to play until fireworks finished. Music doesn’t need to be loud, and it has been proven to be effective in stabilizing the dog’s nervous system.

Give the dog a place to stay indoors. Dogs can’t talk to you how they are afraid of loud noises, and they usually choose a small space to settle down. The cage will be a good choice if your dog feels safe in it.

Close the window and draw the curtains if possible. Cover the cage and dim the light are both helpful to pacify dogs. Shifting visual stimuli is a good way to stabilize dogs.

Make sure your dog has a positioning chip or wears an identification tag, and make sure the contact information above is up to date.

In addition, it is best to train the dog to know the way home.

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I Can’t Stand To Have Only One “Take Your Dog To Work Day” Every Year, So I…

I can’t stand having only one “TYDTWDay” every year, so I…. want to share funny stories that day with you 🙂

Only I have a dog among all my colleagues, I am really the winner in life!

Dress your dog in a suit and let them experience the life of office workers!

I feel nervous because it is the first time for me to be a deliverer.

Taking dogs to the meeting and even boring meeting will be fun.

Let me see which one is better.

I don’t know what he is laughing at… emmm, so I laugh with him.

For me, going to work is just moving to another place to sleep.

Dog owner: I feel the burden on my shoulders is heavier…

But for this police dog, things become a little difficult, after all, itself is a dog and it wants to take another dog to work…. on second thought, it takes his “best friend” to the office….

TYDTWDay was first celebrated in 1999. 2018 marks the 20th annual event.

 It was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet communities. PSI feels that through the events, non-pet owners are able to witness the special bond their co-workers have with their pets firsthand and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own.

Photo 2017 Take Your Dog To Work Day Photo Contest entry, submitted by Liz Thon

Last, I hope every day can be TYDTWDday, and I can’t bear that there is juts one “TYDTWDay” every year, so I…. choose to savor the day 🙂

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Cat Has Different Symbolism in Different Culture

Meaning of the Cat, or symbol of cat has been given many view of nature, such as:


Silent and mysterious: Cat is always silent, it does not act in front and gives us a mysterious look. You will never judge what is running in the mind of cat.
Stoic: Cat will not show you when it is in pain ,it will endure and do hardship without complaint.


Other world guardians : Cats are resemble your Grudian who are from other world, and they will care for you and save you from danger.
Secrets holder: Cats are known as the best friends in their nature, if you share to care and keep secrets with cats, no one will be able to find it. Cats will preserve the thing and keep you alert in cases of danger.


In Ancient Rome cat are known as sacred Diana, who is the moon goddess.

Norse legend treated cat as fertility goddess that why they keep blessing upon newborns.


Egypt use to rank cat high, as it is considered that their lunar goddess has a cat head.


Cats are quite resourceful and tend to give us messages of change. When cat sit quite aloof it indicates us to distance ourselves from people or situations.


Cat is clever, secretive, mysterious, intelligent, intuitive, supernatural and independent. Being a friend with cat is a good choice, and don’t make your cat as your enemy, because they hold your secrets and fight with them could be very danger.

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