Canadian Documentary Promotes Compassion over Cruelty for Dogs in Korea

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Free Korean Dogs crowdfunding campaign launched to produce documentary film aimed at Korean dog meat trade. Korean-Canadian director EK Park devoted to end of dog meat consumption in Korea.

Free Korean Dogs ( online campaign seeks to raise $32,000 by August 31st to produce Compassion Soup, a feature documentary film that dispels the myths, presents the facts and explores effective ways to end dog meat consumption in Korea by promoting education, evolution and empathy rather than shame, blame and defame.

Dogs play a complex role in Korean society. On one hand, over two million dogs are slaughtered each year by Korea’s unregulated dog meat industry, often after enduring unbearable suffering, just to feed Korea’s insatiable appetite for dog meat soup. On the other hand, dogs are kept as pets in one out of five Korean households. Some dogs live in luxury while others are tortured beyond most people’s imagination.

According to EK Park, director of Compassion Soup, this dichotomy is evidence that Koreans are a kind people at heart and need to reconnect with their inherently compassionate nature. Growing up on a farm in rural Korea before moving to Toronto, EK witnessed, first hand, the cruelty of the dog meat trade.

Now an experienced filmmaker and animal advocate, she and husband, Greg Mount, founded Free Korean Dogs to bring Korea back to its roots built on the longstanding, spiritual tradition of compassion and wisdom. In EK’s words, “I love my country. But it’s time for us to evolve beyond the cruelty of our past and build a future based on compassion for all living things. With this film, we hope to spark the wisdom that will ignite a change in perception toward dogs in Korea.”

In 1988, when Korea hosted the summer Olympics, the Korean government partially banned dog meat in Korean restaurants due to the international pressure. Now with Korea once again in the global spotlight hosting the 2018 winter Olympics, there is no better time than now to take it all the way and bring an end to the dog meat trade.

Those who wish to support Compassion Soup can donate at the Free Korean Dogs website:

Free Korean Dogs is a project of Global Mind Body, a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization. It is the objective of Free Korean Dogs to replace cruelty with compassion by ending the Korean dog meat industry and hence, the suffering of all Korean dogs through public awareness, community outreach and international adoption.

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