GHN — Winning the slot for the host of the 2018 Winter Games may have been the fruit of patience and perseverance for South Korea, as the BBC News quoted IOC president Jacques Rogge, last year. Yet, the patience of animal rights activists is already bubbling over as they call for boycotting the event.
Korean activist Whang-Gu Kim has launched a petition online asking sponsors to withdraw their sponsorship of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. The petition is addressed to Coca Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonalds, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, and Visa – sponsors of the event – for withdrawing their sponsorship because of the horrific cruelty inflicted on countless innocent dogs and cats in the country.
According to the petition, two and a half million dogs in the Korean Republic are killed each year for human consumption using torturous means. This torture is quite deliberate, as the petition tells, since some myth in the country’s tradition makes the people believe that the greater the suffering of the animal before it’s killed, the tastier its meat.
Besides eating dogs, dogs and cats are also killed in great numbers for using their body parts in traditional medicine. Cats are even boiled alive for preparing soups believed to be “healthy”.
Over the past decade, dogs and cats have started finding recognition as companion animals and there is budding respect for these life forms in the Korean Republic with activists struggling to save them from cruelty and insensitivity of the people who earn by their torturous killings.
The petition launched by Whang-Gu Kim is a step in this direction where dogs and cats will live safe and free from abuse and cruelty. Sponsors of the biggest sports event in PyeongChang’s history – the Winter Olympics 2918 – can play a vital role in bringing about a historical difference in Korea for the helpless, suffering feline and canine populations.
A parallel petition against Korea’s 2018 Winter Games has been started by Rachel Howard at Change.org. This petition addresses President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Jacques Rogge and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Mr. Yong-Sung Park to dammed of the South Koran government necessary measures to put an end of the cruel killing practices of dogs and cats in the country; otherwise the Winter Games of 2018 will be boycotted.