IAKA is a non-profit organization founded by Kyenan Kum in 1997 to promote animal protection and humane education in Korea. Since its inception Kyenan has tirelessly campaigned around the world, educating the international community about the difficult conditions for dogs and cats in Korea. A major victory for IAKA came in 2007 with the revision and strengthening of Korea’s 1991 Animal Protection law. IAKA had long campaigned and petitioned for its reform.
IAKA partnered with KAPES to educate Korean youth about animal welfare and care, connect animal welfare resources, and assist government agencies with their animal protection goals. IAKA also helped KAPES purchase and remodel a building Seoul for their Adoption and Education Center. The center, which opened in December 2010, contains a library of animal rights and care literature, classrooms, an adoption center, and a fully functional veterinarian clinic.
Today, IAKA is developing its social media campaigns and building toward a protest against the dog meat industry at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
CAMPAIGN TO END THE DOG/CAT MEAT TRADE
Help stop the torture and consumption of dogs and cats in Korea by mailing these postcards to the President of Korea.
Postcards are free to download and to distribute. To mail, Please print and send in an envelope to the President of Korea. If you are located in the U.S., please contact us with your address if you'd like us to send our postcard to you.
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Send out these three postcards to the President of Korea!!
Dear IAKA Supporters,
As another winter approaches, many of us are getting ready to cozy up in our homes and prepare for celebrations. With this season comes a myriad of holidays and festivals, delicious hot food, good friends and close family. We turn our attention to what we are grateful to have, what gifts we will share with those we love and what they will share with us.
But in the back alleys and hidden farms of South Korea’s dog-meat market, thousands of our four-legged companions are crowded into wire cages in sub-freezing temperatures. They are starved, beaten, dragged by ropes, cats are boiled alive while dogs are electrocuted and slaughtered for the sole purpose of human-profit. Jeremy Bentham, the 19th century architect of the Humane Treatment Principle, points out that “The question is not, Can they reason? Nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” In order to take animal interests seriously, it is crucial to recognize that animals have emotions just like humans and that they do not wish to feel pain nor suffer.
Despite the most recent revision of the Animal Protection Law, the dog-meat industry continues to thrive. This is largely due to a lack of enforcement of these laws by the Korean government and also resistance by some segments of Korean society against foreign involvement in their politics.
Shocking news has surfaced; evidence of children being taught to torture and mutilate dogs at a summer festival called ‘Bok Days’ (literally ‘Hot Dog-Days’) which takes place on three separate days toward the end of July/beginning of August. Even as the United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks of the “promise of the Millennium Declaration for a better world” at the summit for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), very little is being done by his country’s government to stop the inhumane treatment of Korean animals. Yet, if you ask the average Korean citizen if they are likely to consume dog meat, in most cases the answer is no. Contrary to the older generation, at least some Korean youth today are receiving a proper education on animal care and companionship and are beyond capable of treating dogs and cats with the respect they deserve. Resources and materials for pet education and adoption are rapidly becoming more available as a positive attitude toward animal companionship continues to grow in the Korean community.
Here at IAKA, our efforts have not waned as we are proud to be one of the pioneers in bringing pet adoption and education to the forefront of Korean society. Our mission continues as we focus on new ways to fight against the dog and cat meat market. Using a combination of social media, web campaigns, print distribution and government lobbying, we hope to carry enough momentum to permanently shut down the dog meat industry by the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Our first step is a letter writing campaign directed at the President of South Korean, Park Geun-hye.
Since its inception, IAKA (International Aid for Korean Animals) has worked
ceaselessly not only to promote animal protection in Korea, but also to
educate Korean people to better understand animals and their needs for basic rights. There still exists a large dog and cat
meat market in Korea, but it has certainly reduced in its size and it is evident that Korea is slowly yet gradually learning to take animal interests in avoiding pain and suffering more seriously as the younger generation begins to consider dogs
and cats as part of their family.
It will undoubtedly be a long and rough journey until the dog and cat meat industry is completely abolished and animal rights law is firmly established in Korea. However, with the help from supporters like you who are reading this newsletter, we can stay hopeful that we will reach our goal of providing every animal with a chance to truly enjoy their lives in the near future. We ask you to join IAKA in our campaign by signing and mailing our three new protest cards to the korean government.
In the spirit of the holidays IAKA would like to thank you for the support and encouragement you have given and
continue to give us. We are grateful for you and for the continued opportunity to help our less-fortunate feline and
canine friends. We wish you the best of health, good company, a wonderful holiday season and a joyful 2014.