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Rodolfo Gallardo
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:59 EDT
South Korean Dog meat trade
To the South Korean Consulate

Dear Consulate Staff,

Can I have your attention please ?
Dogs are wonderful animals, and we humans must be grateful for al the help they give us.
They are used for helping disabled people, blind humans ,as companions for elderly people. There are drug detecting dogs , rescue dogs, they can even detect cancer in humans. But apart from being so useful, they are man's best friend !

And what are the South Korean people doing with these lovely animals ,dogs and cats also ? They are eating them !

But before being eaten, they have to suffer atrociously . They have to live in extremely small cages . And at the end of their miserable lives, they are tortured , skinned alive, cooked alive and/or their fur is burned off alive. It makes me cry.

I can feel that you must be ashamed that your people are committing such barbaric acts against animals.

Do not ignore it. Ignoring is even worse than doing it.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

Sincerely, with much respect,

Rodolfo Gallardo
Rose Bresnahan
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:01 EDT
Dog Meat Trade
As an American citizen, I am angry and appalled over the torture and consumption of companion animals in South Korea. Every day on social media we are hearing of horrific abuse and seeing shocking images and videos of innocent dogs being tortured and killed in your country.

Even though Korea has an Animal Protection Law for companion animals, it is meaningless as the Korean government does not enforce it. As a consequence dogs are still beaten, hung, electrocuted, and brutally treated by farmers and slaughterers. In addition, both dogs and cats are still being boiled alive for so-called elixirs having no medical properties except in the minds of gullible

These practices have no place in the modern world. Yet, all this goes on in the open and the Korean government does nothing to stop it. Why? Other Asian countries have banned the eating of dog meat and the cruel industry that promotes it. Why not Korea?

It is the responsibility of the Korean government to end the abhorrently cruel dog meat and cat medicine industries in Korea and start taking animal welfare seriously. This means educating its citizens about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals humanely. Until these things are done Korea’s reputation in the international community will deservedly suffer.

I urge you and the people of Korea to hearken to the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi who said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Americans love their companion animals, dogs and cats alike. But it is not only for that reason we feel a special obligation to speak out on this issue. It is also that we remember well our many loved ones whose lives were sacrificed in your country insuring your freedom, and are mindful of the considerable treasure our country continues to spend for that same purpose. We can only pray that so much sacrifice has been worth the cost.

Until the illegal dog meat and cat medicine industries have been finally abolished in Korea, I will boycott all Korean products and companies as well as the 2018 Olympics. I also intend to urge everyone I know to urge everyone they know, etc. to do the same. In addition I will unceasingly lobby our own government to do whatever is within its power to persuade Korea to join the civilized nations of the world with respect to its treatment of companion animals.

Thank you for your time. The favor of your reply is requested.
Thomas W. Makin, Former Private Envoy, Nixon Admin
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:24 EDT
North Korea Military Rocket Drills.
North korea continually trains its new young military in national defense just like other nations do. These young people are required to learn how the national defense system works, and these training periods, more or less, are concurrent with US South Korea UNC military drills. These things are not an international political matter, and should not be treated as such.
Thomas W. Makin, Former Envoy, Nixon Admin. 1972
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:39 EDT
Gulag Prison System.
To The President of South Korea; The incarceration of people in the gulag system of north korea is an issue that only the true professional can work with. The people incarcerated in this prison system are considered a rebel army. A north korean general told me this in Switzerland in 1972. How does one work with this situation? If you place these people on a deserted island somewhere, then they will all travel back to the 38th line.
Thomas W. Makin, Former Envoy, Nixon Admin. 1972
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:28 EDT
A North and South Peace Agreement Discussion.
President Park: In 1972 in Switzerland I discussed a peace agreement measure with General Kim IL Sung regarding the division of the two governments, respecting each government system. One of the serious issues we discussed had to do with the containment of people incarcerated in prison. These people are seen to be knowledgeable of the placement of military matters due to the state of armistice, and are thereby considered to be dangerous to the security of the State. It is crucial that this kind of peace agreement be continually explored. Your father could not accept this at that former time because of the predicted emergence of nuclear matters. He told me this himself during that summer. Today, we are facing the predicted nuclear matter. Would you go back to work on this thing? The United States will not concur: however, if such an agreement would be in place, the United States would still monitor the situation in a peaceful way. Containment of prisoners will be hopefully, eliminated over a period of time. Here is a flower for you. Respectfully Yours, Tom.
Thomas W. Makin, Former Envoy, Nixon Admin. 1972
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:35 EDT
Nuclear Electrical Power for Peace at this time.
North Korea needs an alternative marketing arrangement for its Nuclear developments. Possibly a nuclear electrical power plant on the South border region and a second on the China border region might influence the current situation. South Korea might purchase 50% of the output of the first installation; and China might purchase 50% of the output of the second installation, leaving a 50% total for the use of North Korea. As output benefactors, South Korea and China could assist in monitoring the two power plants. There would need to be an agreement of immunity from sanctions possibly considered in regard to the use of these two installations. With the current situation in place regarding the 1953 armistice being disregarded by North Korea, it is obvious that an alternative approach to the Industrial Uranium question be explored.
Thomas W. Makin, Former Envoy, Nixon Admin. 1972
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:43 EST
To : Miss Park
Please review my December 9, 2012 communication on this website. Try to modernize present circumstances in an effort to reduce the risk of military mobilization. Using Uranium paper for financial tools will help decrease the proliferation of uranium matters without the need of NPT arguments.
Thomas W. Makin, Former Envoy , Nixon Admin.
Sun, 9 Dec 2012 16:25 EST
In concern for the interests of North Korea
If North Korea could commit resources to approach its space program by using a capable aircraft to launch orbital projects, it is my opinion that the program could, for the most part, stay in compliance with reasonable international guidelines. Second, the Norths use of derivitive profits based apon disclosed documents of uranium holdings would help achieve non proliferation of uranium concerns. Third, the Northern Limit Line should allow qualifyed North Korean commercial operations to cross over. The UNC should consider this. My approach is the peaceful resolution of difficult issues instead of arguing impossible differences of opinion. I would appreciate personally your suggestion and support of these matters at the United Nations.
Thomas W. Makin, Former Envoy, Nixon Admin. 1972
Fri, 9 Nov 2012 22:11 EST
The meeting with General Kim lL Sung of North Korea, about July 15, 1972.
Greetings to those running for President of South Korea: In 1972 I personally had the opportunity in Switzerland to meet in conferance with General Kim lL Sung of North Korea. Relevant to this information, the following plans for North Korea were discussed. This planning appears to be in place at this time. First; the Korean War was started due to conflicts of opinion about the possible future occupation of all of Korea. North elders wanted to protect all of Korea on their own. The United States influenced South was not in alignment with this. General Kim expressed that South Korea and the United States did not embrace the people of North Korea as a result of the war. General Kim appeared to be unhappy and concerned. We discussed the following; First: We agreed that North Korea should have at least six drilled oil wells, not just one; Second; North Korea desired to provide nuclear power plant electrical power to Asia, due to what appeared at that time to be a researched uranium fuel capability of North Korea: Third; North Korea wanted to develop a space program; and Forth; North Korea wanted an international financial system. North Korean bonds were traded at that time for stocks, bonds, and 5 cent junk paper. Unfortunately at this time it appears that the North did not put this financial system in place in a dependable way. (we all learn as time goes along). With this information, I suggest that South Korea approach the matter with an olive branch, being careful not to slander or defame North Korea in any way. Additionally, mass containment of people in North Korea who appear to be criminals is a serious human rights problem. Possibly, South Korea could recieve some of these people and incarcerate those who are dangerous to society.
Thomas W. Makin, Former Envoy, Nixon Admin. 1972
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:31 EDT
Enact a law barring any provoking material sent to North Korea by gangs.
As I have learned that a south korean gang is planning to fly provoking leaflets across the North Korea border next week, it is necessary to ban this kind of thing by enacting an emergency law barring this kind of activity immediately, as the North has threatened to use military force in retaliation. When the government of South Korea allows these kind of things, U.S. Military personel are jeapardized. I would like to see more responsibility in the administration of the South Korean government.

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