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Ohio's Sister State of South Korea

Story ID:10464
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location: ---- Gyeongsangbuk-do S. Korea
Year:2015
Person:KoreanDogs.org
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I didn’t know Ohio had a sister State. I had heard about sister cities before when
I had attended a Slovak group meeting in Lakewood some years back. I loved
learning more about my Slovak heritage, and one of the things I learned is that
Cleveland shared a sister city with Bratislava, Slovakia. I also learned what
Bratislava means in English-Glory of Brothers. Cool!

Before I go too far afield from the purpose of my post which has to do with S.
Korean’s terrible dog market, I also learned that Gene Cernan’s father was Slovak.
Who is Gene Cernan? He is the last astronaut to have walked on the moon.

I also learned that two movie stars had one or both parents of Slovak ethnicity-
Paul Newman (mother) and Robert Ulrich (both parents). When I mentioned this
in my homespun book – Blame It on Peaches – I believe I learned that the Newmans
didn’t agree with this information. Ho hum. His mother’s people were born in
Humenne, Slovakia, but I don’t remember or even care how they were able to
dismiss this “fact.” We still could claim the handsome, charismatic Robert Ulrich
who acknowledged his heritage publicly. Sadly, both actors have died since.

WHAT ARE SISTER CITIES OR STATES?

Per Wikipedia re the list of sister cities in Ohio, “This is a list of sister states, regions,
and cities in the U.S. state of Ohio. “Sister cities, known in Europe as town twins, are
municipalities (sometimes counties, regions, states and other sub-national entities)
that cooperate to foster cultural links. They interact with each other across a broad
range of activities, often including education, business, the arts, or health care. Many
Ohio jurisdictions work with foreign cities through ‘Sister Cities international,’ an
organization whose goal is to “promote peace through mutual respect, understanding
and cooperation.”

I think the concept of sister cities and or sister states is quite nice, but I wondered
about just how significant is the impact on each corresponding city or state. Those of us
who received an e-mail from KOREANDOGS.ORG would soon find out.

They asked us to sign the petition asking Governor John R. Kasich of Ohio to: Tell Sister
State, Gyeongsangbuk-do (Gye-ong-sang-buk-do) Province, South Korea, That We’re
Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. I couldn’t help smiling at
this request –not because there is anything humorous about killing and eating dogs and
cats, but at the wonderful chutzpah of this group. I would never have it, but I’m thinking –
if this effort does NOTHING but remind Governor Kasich, his counterpart in S.Korea, and
the rest of us, it is a wonderful endeavor all the same and should make us think.

The post mentions that S.Korea is the home to global companies such as Hyundai, Kia,
Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, and POSCO, where “an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured
and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry,
and the profound indifference of the majority of South Koreans who do nothing to stop this. “

Well said, and of course one of the provinces that supports this mass breeding and the
brutal slaughter of dogs is Gyeongsangbuk-do Province- our Ohio sister state. Knowing this,
I certainly will not buy anything from the above mentioned companies. I hope other readers
will also join me in this boycott, but I am not optimistic. Very few of us boycotted the Beijing
Olympics- despite being told that Chinese furriers were skinning alive their poor captive
Raccoon dogs. It may even be continuing to this day.

And from the last part of this informative post, I would like to quote from KOREANDOGS.ORG
their graphic description of what happens to the dogs in the countless dog farms and
slaughterhouses scattered though out this province which is truly hell on earth for the
defenseless dogs suffering there: “Man’s best friend exists for their entire lives in squalid,
feces- encrusted raised wire cages in utter misery only to be slaughtered in the most horrific
of ways – by electrocution, a hammer blow to the neck, being hung or beaten, bleeding to
death from a slashed throat, being burned to death from a blowtorch, or thrown into a vat
of boiling water while still alive.” No, this Ohioan is not happy to have such a cruel sister
state.

I am also saddened remembering that my generation who fought in the Korean War came
home as far as I know and did nothing to try to educate us re this cruelty. And then even
what is more astounding to me is that there are laws in S. Korea AGAINST SELLING DOGS
AND CATS FOR CONSUMPTION. If so, It is obvious that these laws are being blatantly
ignored.
This would be a great talking point if only Governor Kasich would be willing to take this
crusade on. Alas though, I think he is basically a “people” person, and the lives of animals
may not concern him very much. I hope I am wrong. I will be sending him this post –though
I doubt it will reach his desk.

LAWS IN S. KOREA AGAINST SELLING DOGS AND CATS FOR CONSUMPTION (in brief)

I was shocked to read this part of the post. I had no idea that there were laws in S. Korea
against the killing of dogs and cats, but obviously they are being completely ignored.

Article 2 – ....does not categorize dogs as livestock that can be processed as food. Therefore
this makes the dog meat industry technically illegal.

Article 3 - BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS. In brief this article describes
compassionate principles for the raising and caring for or protecting an animal. Every one
of the 5 principles I read here is being ignored by the greater majority of the people of S.
Korea who keep and slaughter these poor dogs.

Article 8 – PROHIBITION OF ANIMAL ABUSE. Here again- all the cruelty which the dogs of
S.Korea suffer are supposedly against the law, but obviously, this sounds good on paper, but
the question has to be asked – How is this measure being enforced?

Article 9 – ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION- Animals are to be properly fed, watered, and driven
carefully so that the animals are not shocked or harmed from sudden departures or stops.
The actual practices of transporting these dogs are anything but humane and considerate.

Article 46- PUNISHMENT – Anyone who violates Article 8, Clause 1-through 3 shall be punished
with up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD). Again
another article which obviously is not enforced.

I had never read these laws before which I have abbreviated. I even still wonder – could they be
accurate- seeing as the cruel killing of dogs has been going on for so many, many years
and continues to this day?

I truly hope Governor Kasich will read this carefully. If he is a responsible legislator, he will
see that S. Koreans are flagrantly ignoring the laws of S. Korea re man’s best friend.