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Here, dogs end up in cooking pot

Protest must always be a Show. Therefore, Lee Jiyen, is that the Hollywood-Beautiful Kim Basinger demonstration against the dog meat trade had in July at the big Summer your appearance. Lee Jiyen sits in the heart of Seoul in the small Headquarters of the young animal protection Association, Animal Liberation Wave (ALW), with a friend, founded. On the walls of pen-and-ink drawings of animal heads hanging. Lee Jiyen self interacts with your make pallor and their inconspicuous clothing such as a Black-and-White Film. No unnecessary color distracts from your subject, the protection of dogs that end up in your home country on a regular basis in soup pot. To do this, Lee Jiyen told so soberly of the objectives of their struggle, as they could start with the Glamour of a movie star nothing. But that's not entirely true. Celebrities bring attention. "We need Kim Basinger," she says.

From South Korea, the medium-sized tiger state in the East of Asia, many people do not know much more than that to there dogs to be eaten. This is unfair, because the country has achieved with its rich history and culture, much more than this rather small aspect of his national cuisine. Many of the 51 million South Koreans inside and the South Koreans is annoying, it is also likely that foreigners always come back to that. Right now you have more important issues: The proposed reform of the liberal President Moon Jae-in of millions of people in the Pro - and con-demonstrations brings regularly on the streets of Seoul.


campaigns against dog meat: The American actress Kim Basinger at a Demo in July. Video: Youtube

But it does nothing: The dog meat trade there is, the Restaurants that offer dog meat soup, Bosintang as a traditional dish, also. Especially in the rich West of the world, irritates people, because the dog is established as a family friend and helper and to be consumption of basically as taboo as cannibalism. Hardly any other topic from South Korea find a job abroad so much attention. South Korea's Image suffers as a more enlightened state. In addition, the resistance is also growing in the country.

Lee Jiyen and your Team are only one part of a larger movement that is for the slow awakening of Citizenship in the young well-to-country South Korea stand. Animal welfare organisations have been campaigning for decades for the dogs. Their struggle reflects the demand for a new morality. And it goes forward. "20 years ago, there were still deputies in the national Assembly, the dog wanted to legalize meat," says Lee Jiyen, "the dare today, no more." In a survey, which gave the "Animal Liberation Wave" in 2018, in order, said 81.2 percent of the respondents, do not eat dog meat. And every fifth person in South Korea keeps a dog as a pet. Some of the dog farmers not to give, because the business is going so well. Gone are the days in which South Korea was poor and the dogs out of necessity ACE.

in Addition, the influence of external acts. 17 years ago, the French actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot in the South Korean Live TV about the barbaric conditions in the Land of the dog eaters, and shook a lot of scolding. "Iconic event" called Lee Jiyen the appearance of the time, when she was still a child. Her finding is clear. South Korea is thoughtful. "The company," she says, "has changed." We have not won your battle yet.

You witnessed the Protest, a guilty Conscience, verdruckste perplexity, but also defiant Tenacity.

Also in China and other countries in Southeast Asia they eat dogs – however it is said, especially street dogs. "South Korea is the only country in which farmers systematically dogs on their farms to the slaughter", says Lee Jiyen. South Korea's legislation makes it possible. Dogs are protected on the one hand, by the protection of animals act as Pets. On the other hand, according to the livestock act, the livestock without dogs would be mentioned in the rules for slaughter, Transport and sale. The law is not allowed so, actually, no dog meat trade, prohibits him but also so that the business runs.

Three members of reform have put forward proposals. The clearest comes from Pyo Chang-won from the liberal Minjoo party. He wants to ban the slaughter of dogs and cats in the animal protection law. But so weak, the dog meat trade is not yet, as it would be for such initiatives, a majority in the Parliament. "Many of the members come from the rural areas, where there are many dog farms", has Pyo in the US news channel CNN declared, "that's why they are under pressure to not support the Reform."

A strange atmosphere in South Korea surrounds in the dog meat issue. You witnessed the Protest, a guilty Conscience, verdruckste perplexity, but also defiant Tenacity. In the capital city of Seoul, it is not difficult to find a Bosintang Restaurant – that one of them would advertise on English for its menu, has not Lee Jiyen seen yet. And the farmers keep their dogs in Secret. They have had bad experiences with activists and journalists, because these pictures were of the dogs, which must not be older than one year old. The Internet is full with Videos of playful Jindos and Dosas in cages.

dog meat belong simply to the South Korean Lifestyle, find the dog breeders. Photo: AFP

on the Other hand, some of the dog farmers fight. In the case of the Anti-dog meat-Demonstration in July in front of the building of the national Assembly in Seoul, about 20 of them held right next to your counter-demonstration, had their own posters, wore daring headbands and ate in front of the cameras dog meat with Kimchi. "This is part of our culture," said one. Because this is the core argument of the dog meat proponents: Bosintang belong simply to the South Korean Lifestyle.

Tradition and love of Animals often bounce each other. The country people can not understand always, what verkopfte city dwellers from different cultures all interpret in your love Livestock. Lee Jiyen, in turn, finds it hypocritical, when a dog Shot owner on slaughtering rant, but enjoy chicken or beef to eat.

Lee Jiyen would like to save the whole animal world, but the next way. "We want to solve the dog Problem, and then the more difficult issues to address." Their actions run quite well. Last year, the projected people of the "Animal Liberation Wave" Anti-dog meat-the Embassy of a high-rise building of the dome of the Parliament house in Seoul. All could see it. And the summer demo with colleagues from the USA was also a media success. Kim Basinger said: "The dogs don't need your tears, but your help." She looked fabulous, and her words went around the world.

Created: 07.11.2019, 21:21 PM

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