Dogs And Cats Off The Menu
 

My letter to Mark Ching:
​Written by Dr. Susan Song

I wrote this just right after you returned from Yulin and stepped down from your position. I badly wanted to give you a big hug and comfort you and tell you "IT'S OK."

I don't know if you will ever get this message. I know you don't know me, and I am not "friends" on Facebook with you... but I have been wanting to tell you my message for a long time. I wish I could look you in the eye while giving you my message... but maybe one day.

Your work and words have stirred the passion I have for this fight, this man-made hell that we are fighting. Your videos - I have watched every one as they were being made available, I slept every night with my I-PAD under my pillow to get your updates as soon as possible - have taken my resolve to a whole new level...

My message to you is first, thank you; thank you for my resolve. I have made an oath to GOD, myself and most of all ALL to all those countless dogs and cats in KOREA that have screamed their last screams to deaf ears, whose screams will stay with me till MY LAST BREATH...

Only in solidarity we can rid of this man-made hell in Korea. We are all a cog in the wheel that gets bigger by the minute... and once the wheel gets SO big it will no doubt crush what makes OUR nightmares repeat!

Lastly, thank you for your part in the wheel; one man cannot start and finish this fight all alone. This IS a war. A war is not fought by one lone soldier. You have done more than your part; your sacrifices are more than one needed to make. I am doing MY part. We are ALL doing our parts... And, if you never return to the battlefield after this trip, you have taught us how to fight. Commander does not have to return to the front line. You can continue to fight with us just by being YOU!

MARC CHING, don't ever think "I", EVER! It's WE!

DO NOT FEAR THE HELL ON EARTH THAT SOME MEN HAVE CREATED - IN SOLIDARITY, WE CAN RID OF THIS HELL!

I am enclosing the letter that I wrote to all citizens of Korea and to the non-Korean speaking ones. I DO hope that you get to read it...

한국 시민여러분 부탁드립니다 ~
힘드시죠... 잔인하고 무식한 개 와 고양이먹는 같은 한국사람때문에요...
온세게가 지켜보고 욕을하네요... 이제는 모든한국것 을 보이콧 할껏봤께 없다고 생각한답니다... 자랑스러울 한국보다 오히려 챙피한 나라가 되가군요.. 미국 가정엔 한국에서만든 제품들을 고급이라고 인정하고, 원하고 자랑스럽게 힘들게번 돈을주고 삼니다. 대부분 가정에 한국에서 만든 제품이없는 집은 거이없어요. 온세게 시민들이 한국에 여행도 가지말고, 평창 올림픽도 보이콧하고, 모든 한국것을 보이콧 한다고 생각하면 끔찍하죠?? 잔인하고 야만인 같은 사람들한테 더이상 상대 안하고십다는 나음들이래요.. 너무나 슬프네요. 열심이 일하고있는 죄없는 사림들까지도 고생할까봐 걱정스러워요.
존중하는 한국 여러분, 힘내세요! 힘을모우세요! 할수있어요! 보세요 - 미국, 남미, 영국, 캐나다, 영국, 프랑스 독일, 온세계가 힘을모아 캠패인 하고있않아요. 혼자가 아니에요 - 우리가 이렇게 있어요! 우리가 지켜줄게요! 약속해요! 이일은 없어질때까지 우리가 맹새하고 할꺼니까요. 왜요? 왜 남에나라에 섭관이냐구요? 동물학대, 잔인한 동물습관 은 남에나라일이라고 절때 밑지않으니까요. 그저 사람에할도리죠. 625 한국전쟁때 미국이 왜 섭관 했지요? 미국이 해야할도리어서요.
힘없는, 말할수없는 동물들 이제우리 꼭해야할, 지켜줘야되는일로 합시다. 또다시 다른나라에세 구조돼야할일이 않께돼게하세요.
트위터 터 와 페이스북을 이용하세요. 캠페인 하세요. 도움필요하시면 얼마든지 멘션주세요. 외국인들은 어떻게 도와드려할줄몰라서 심지어는 한글을 배우고 있네요.
우리같이해요.

IN SOLIDARITY WE CAN! DON'T STAND ALONE!

FOR MY NON-KOREAN SPEAKING FRIENDS:

I WROTE THIS LETTER IN KOREAN TO FELLOW KOREAN ACTIVISTS AT HEART. I HAVE BEEN DOING SOME SEARCHING VIA SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE GENERAL SENTIMENT THAT I AM GATHERING IS THAT THEY ARE, OF COURSE, ASHAMED BUT SEEM TO FEEL HELPLESS. WHICH IS WHY I WROTE THE POST IN MY BASIC KOREAN-LANGUAGE-SKILL-LEVEL-AT-BEST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LACKING IN PASSION. IT IS A VERY PASSIONATE LETTER, I THINK, THAT WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM, AS WELL AS SHED SOME LIGHT ON HOW THE OUTSIDERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE FEELING. I AM HOPING THAT THE LETTER REACHES NOT JUST THE CITIZENS OF KOREA BUT BUSINESSES, GOVERNMENT LEVEL OFFICIALS AND EVEN THE PRESIDENT, WHICH IS WHY I AM HASH TAGGING THEM BELOW. OUR EFFORTS WILL NO DOUBT AFFECT KOREAN ECONOMY. IT BREAKS MY HEART INTO PIECES AS I LIST THESE HASHTAGS... I NEVER IMAGINED IN MY LIFE THAT I WOULD BE ASKING THE WORLD TO BOYCOTT KOREA... BUT I CANNOT PUT KOREAN ECONOMY AND WEALTH BEFORE PAIN AND SUFFERING AND ULTIMATE DEATH OF THE INNOCENT... I ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FROM MY BIRTH COUNTRY AND MY OWN BLOOD...
MY HOPE IS THAT THE LARGE BUSINESSES CAN COME TOGETHER AND PULL THEIR RESOURCES AND FACILITATE THE DOG MEAT FARMERS, SLAUGHTER HOUSE OWNERS AND DOG AND CAT MEAT RESTAURANT OWNERS TO ESTABLISH AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION TO THEIR LIVELIHOOD THAT THEY AND THEIR COUNTRY CAN BE PROUD OF. IT IS A SOLUTION THAT WILL BENEFIT THE BUSINESSES AS THE BOYCOTTS WILL NOT BE NECESSARY. IN FACT, IT WILL BENEFIT THE COMPANY AS PEOPLE WILL NOT ONLY SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE HELPED IN ABOLISHING THIS ATROCIOUS PRACTICE BUT IN FACT FAVOR THE BRAND OVER ANOTHER! (YOU JUST CANNOT TELL A 60 YEAR OLD DOG FARMER TO SHUT DOWN HIS BUSINESS OVER NIGHT AND WALK AWAY. YOU HAVE TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR HIS FINANCIAL SECURITY.)

I KNOW THE HEART, THE SOUL AND THE SPIRIT OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE; THEY ARE MOST GENEROUS FIRST OF ALL - ANY FOREIGNER WHO VISIT KOREA WILL MOST DEFINITELY TELL YOU THAT. IN FACT, MANY FOREIGNERS WHO DO VISIT KOREA END UP MAKING IT THEIR NEW HOME. KOREANS ARE DRIVEN AND HARD WORKING PEOPLE. IN JUST 60 YEARS AFTER THE KOREAN WAR WHICH NEARLY DECIMATED THE COUNTRY, IT HAS RISEN TO ONE OF THE ECONOMICALLY STRONGEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD! I ASK YOU TO LOOK AROUND YOUR HOME AND SEE IF YOU CAN COUNT THE NUMBER OF KOREAN BRAND ITEMS AND SEE IF YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT THEM! THEIR HEARTS ARE HUGE; THE FIRST QUESTION A KOREAN PERSON WILL ASK YOU WHEN YOU MEET IS "HAVE YOU EATEN"? THIS IS THEIR "HELLO"(REALLY)... IF YOU ARE HUNGRY THEY WILL FEED YOU FIRST BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. IN FACT, THAT'S IN MY BLOOD, TOO. ALL THOSE WHO KNOW ME KNOW THAT I FEED EVERYONE - IT MAKES ME HAPPY.
THE DOG MEAT FARMERS, RESTAURANT OWNERS, SLAUGHTERERS AND THE CONSUMERS OF DOG AND CAT MEATS, I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT MAKES THESE PEOPLE COMMIT THE CRIMES. THEY ARE NOT ANYONE I HAVE EVER KNOWN OR MET. FORTUNATELY THEY ARE NOT THE MAJOR GROUP OF PEOPLE.

DOG MEAT INDUSTRY IS A DYING PRACTICE; I KNOW THAT BECAUSE MOST YOUNGER GENERATION HAVE DOGS AND CATS AS PETS AND ABHOR THE PRACTICE OF EATING THEM.

THE OLDER GENERATION CONSIDERED DOGS DIFFERENTLY.. I KNOW WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN KOREA THINGS WERE MUCH DIFFERENT; WE DIDN'T KEEP OUR DOG INSIDE THE HOUSE EVEN THOUGH THE WINTERS IN KOREA IS EXTREMELY HARSH, KIBBLES DIDN'T EXIST, JUST LEFT OVER SCRAPS FOR OUR DOG, THERE WAS NO VETERINARIAN AVAILABLE, THERE WAS NO SPAYING OR NEUTERING, AND SO ON, NOT BECAUSE WE DIDN'T CARE FOR OUR DOG OR DIDN'T LOVE HER BUT BECAUSE THAT IS JUST HOW THINGS WERE. BUT NOW, KOREANS SPEND A FORTUNE ON PET GROOMING, PET ACCESSORIES AND HOME MADE GOURMET FOODS. IT IS A MATTER OF TIME... BUT I CANNOT WAIT, NOT ANOTHER MOMENT, AS THE TORTURING AND KILLINGS GO ON.... AND I KNOW THAT EVERY ONE OF YOU FEELS THE SAME.

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Susan Song

 

(Used with kind permission from Dr. Susan Song)

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