In 2002, as part of an Asialink effort (AsiaLink is a coalition of Asian Protection groups from 12 countries), ACRES held a press conference in Singapore to speak up against the consumption of dog and cat meat in South Korea. ACRES presented a joint statement (below) to the South Korean Government asking them to make a clear commitment to enforce and improve their legislation related to animal protection.
The dog and cat meat trade involves unspeakable cruelty. Dogs are bred in farms where most never leave their cages. At the markets, they are crammed into cages so they can hardly stand properly. Some are killed by electrocution. Others are hanged then beaten as they die or tortured in other ways. Cats are usually boiled, some alive, in large pressure cookers to produce a tonic that supposedly cures ailments. Others may be beaten with hammers.
On the 14th of June 2002, ACRES also presented the South Korean Embassy in Singapore with the statement as well as a video, “Culture or Excuse”, which exposes the cruelty of the dog meat trade in Korea. The footage shows conditions of farming, transporting and selling dogs for meat.
As part of AsiaLink, ACRES signed the following statement: