‘Dog Pushchairs’ Introduced in Korean Department Stores

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In a country where fluffy white dogs on leashes are becoming a common sight, it can sometimes be easy to forget that Korea has only recently started to see dogs and cats as pets. By featuring ‘dog prams’ [Ed: strollers, buggies, pushchairs – there’s basically a dog where a baby should be] as the latest symbol of a growing class of pet owners, this article in the Donga Ilbo attracted strong negative reactions from Koreans who think the attention to dogs and tolerance for them in public has gone too far.

The protests and the rapid changes in Korean pet ownership can best be summarized in this comment by netizen ‘터미네이터’:

Now there are dog pushchairs??? Ten years ago we caught dogs to cook up under the bridge in our neighborhood and put in bowls of fortifying stew. Now they are putting our food in pushchairs and pushing it around??

As the dog stroller marketing prominently featured young women, many of the negative reactions echoed the attitude seen in ‘Ladygates’.

Article from Donga Ilbo:

Pet Owners now Number 10 million… shopping with a ‘dog pram’

Office worker Seo Hye-rim has had her dachshund, Timber, for five years. Although she lives in the city of Gimpo, Ms. Seo makes the long journey every weekend to shop at the D-Cube Department Store in the district of Sindorim, Seoul. The reason for Ms. Seo’s visits are the pet pushchairs, only found in this particular department store, which allow her to enjoy her shopping with Timber by her side. “I lived in this neighborhood until two months ago, so now when I want to find a place to shop with my dog I come all the way back here. It’s my ‘shopping odyssey’ that allows me to meet with my friends who also own pets and have a meal together,” said Seo.

After opening in August of 2011, Daesung Industrial Corporation’s D-Cube Department Store became the first department store to offer pushchairs specifically for the use of pets, called ‘petcars’. D-Cube introduced the petcars as a form of customer outreach that would allow it to differentiate itself from other large department stores. Pet owners have responded strongly to the petcars, often referring to them as ‘pushchairs for dog mums’.

After experimenting with the petcars, department stores have discovered their ability to attract repeat customers and in recent weeks have been rolling them out as an official marketing strategy. Much like pushchairs for infants, pushchairs for dog mums have become another high class convenience. The pushchairs have front wheels capable of swiveling 360 degrees and footrests so that dogs can rest their paws comfortably. There is even a cup holder on the handle so that the owner may enjoy a pleasant shopping experience.

As the population of pet owners in South Korea is estimated to have recently passed 10 million, firms are introducing new pet-friendly marketing strategies. Regardless of the economic recession, the pet product sector has shown continuous growth and is now valued at over ₩4 trillion, ($3.7 billion USD).

On January 10th, the East Suwon branch of Homeplus unveiled the largest pet service department within a department store to date. The 550m² space, called ‘I Love Pet’, contains a veterinary hospital, pet hotel, grooming facility, and animal playground. The store offers two free hours in the playground to its customers. Homeplus reported that its pet equipment sales are increasing by 15-20% per year. Since starting in 2007, Homeplus brand veterinary hospitals have increased from twenty-six locations to fifty-three.

In November of 2010, E-Mart became the first large retailer to open a multi-use store for pets when it unveiled ‘Molly’s Pet Shop’, which have since increased to seventeen locations. In 2013 alone, E-Mart is planning to add another ten pet shops.

Pet Garden, a specialty pet supply retailer owned by Lotte Mart which first opened a store in Songpa last March, now operates seven stores and is considering adding ten more. Seeing the rise in single-person households as a sign that cats, which demand less constant care, will become more popular, Pet Garden has made playgrounds in its stores designed specifically for cats. In order to meet the needs of customers buying clothing for their pets, Pet Garden also has ‘Fitting Rooms’ outfitted with scales and measuring tapes.

Comments from Daum:

불량감자님:

I understand how people like and love dogs… but there are tons of children out there who aren’t even being treated as well as these animals..Even bringing them when you go shopping and making a big deal out of it?…How could you want to do things like that when you think about all of the poor children out there..

주하늘님:

How revolting. I’ll have to avoid that store in the future. Considering how often there are dog bite incidents, we need to change our minds about small dogs not attacking people. So many people who only think about how cute their dogs are and have absolutely no regard for others. Please pick up your dog’s waste.

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달래동자님:

So the world really has gone to the dogs..

천화동인님:

Why would they bring dogs to a department store? They aren’t better than dogs.

한주연님:

I am a dog owner myself, but that is just too much…

우리 게이트님:

ke ke, these people would put their dog in a wheelchair and push her around but they wouldn’t do the same for their old mothers

오만코코님:

This department store has good intentions but have they considered the laws concerning something like this? I guess the chairman or owner loves dogs too much!!! It is illegal to bring dogs into a public place, particularly one with large numbers of people…this should be even more clear in a department store given that they sell groceries and have restaurants in there!!! When I see people bringing dogs into supermarkets it’s like a dog walking a dog on a leash… come to your senses,,,,

c-vil님:

I like animals, but this is a little too much…putting a dog on a pedestal..it seems like the world is going crazy.

Zodiac님:

A little while ago there was a story of some bitch who killed herself because her dog got run over, as they say, there’s all kinds of crazy bullshit going on these days [pun on word for ‘dog’]

lifelong님:

This is just another example of the kind of daughter-in-law who would make sure to feed her dogs but wouldn’t feed her parents-in-law, the kind of daughter who would spend money on her dogs but never spare a dime for her parents, sob over a dead dog but not shed a tear for deceased parents. Can we consider such people who ignore human beings in sad situations and save their compassion for abandoned cats and dogs to be humans themselves, or are they dogs?

리노님:

I get angry reading this article after reading news about children dying from abuse…

프리스타일님:

It is wrong and illegal to treat pets cruelly… but that is too much. Just like pushing shopping carts around. -_-;;;; all kinds of crazy bullshit going on these days.

구름님:

There are three kinds of people for whom it is impossible to change their minds: Protestant zealots, New Frontier (Saenuri) Party supporters, and dog lovers. The best solution is to quarantine them from the normal population before they infect us all.

jess님:

I think a dog pushchair is a really good idea. Even when there is a leash on a dog many people can be afraid of them. If you put them in a pushchair, then the owner and the people around them can be at ease.

터미네이터님:

Now there are dog pushchairs??? Ten years ago we caught dogs to cook up under the bridge in our neighborhood and put in bowls of fortifying stew. Now they are putting our food in pushchairs and walking it around??

2U님:

They’re bringing dogs into a department store? What about the fur flying around the place? These people may have no problem eating from the same plate as their dogs but what about the undetectable hairs that land on clothing and in food? They get rid of human customers in order to have pets shopping in their stores?

웰시코기님:

Doesn’t seem too bad to me… ke ke

치아바타님:

I live with many pets. However, I think putting them in pushchairs and making a big deal out of them is unsavory. Rather than spending money on things like that, you clueless people, make sure you pick up after your dog when you take them on walks, bringing along a plastic bag and tissues. On multiple occasions I have seen people who make sure to bring water bottles for their pets when they take them on walks, but after the animal squats and does its business, the owner just checks to make sure no one is watching and then just takes off.

에어레조님:

It really is getting to be true that dogs are living better than people…

evelyn님:

My dog needs a pushchair as it is getting older..I’m holding off on buying one because of how other people would stare at me…I don’t know why everyone cares when someone else does something.. ㅠㅠ

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  • YourSupremeCommander

    Someone help me translate this, “One Kimchi Dog Meat Bowl with Rice to go please.”

    • dim mak

      Why? It’s not like you have the guts to say that to a korean in real life

      • Kate

        Well foreigners are generally unwelcommed in Korean dog restrauants. I personally do not have any ill feelings to eating dogs because I personally hate dogs a lot (I’m a cat person) but I don’t think most foreigners would have a problem saying how they felt.

        • dim mak

          What about eating cats?

          KOREA EAT CAT

          Wonder if there’s any truth to that meme

          • chucky3176

            Koreans don’t eat cats. And Koreans eating dogs is over rated, since most of them are old ignorant people who lived through times when Korea was poor. They just can’t cut the habit. Now Joseonjoks from China have taken up the dog meat industry in a big way.

          • dim mak

            Pity
            I wouldn’t mind trying sum cat

            And nothing shameful about dogmeat bro, screw what westerners think

          • chucky3176

            It’s not about shame at all. It’s a repugnant thing to eat. Dog meat in Korea is not regulated because it’s not recognized as a legitimate livestock meat industry. The result is no inspection system for the meat. I don’t put anything into my mouth that has not been regulated. There have been cases where laboratory animals were used as meat. Then there are unscrupulous dog meat sellers who pump the dog meat with drugs so that the people who eat the meat think they’re getting a big boost. It’s a terrible dirty business which really needs to be abolished. It’s peddled as Korean culture, but it never was a Koren culture.

          • Jang

            Those dog draggings(by autos/trucks) last year are proof that the better death a dog has(or worse depending on your point-of-view) the more money they’re sold for.

          • dk2020

            chinese eat dogs and cats .. what’s your point? not to mention monkey brains .. face it, asians eat anything on four legs except chairs and tables .. dogs, I don’t really care it’s common meat, if boshingtang taste good eat it .. and yup I would eat boshingtang just to say I tried it and to spite all the animal rights activists including peta! I would rather see people eating dogs that were bred for meat than endangered species like whales and chilean sea bass .. leave enough so our kids to enjoy ..

          • dim mak

            Point is there’s nothing wrong with eating those things

            Though chuck brings up a good point about unregulated meat

            I believe we have that problem in China too with ppl cramming strays into cages and trucking them off to the local restaurant

          • chucky3176

            If you want to eat something, eat it because you like it. Don’t do it just to prove a point. Dog meats are unhealthy because what I just said above, and also because they’re full of parasites due to the nature of diets of Korean dogs. Granted those parasites will die once the meat is cooked, but would you really put that stuff in your mouth knowing this? I am a nationalist myself, but I think food nationalism is something that Koreans should lay off of, because it does nothing for Korea.

        • harvz

          Who told you that foreigners aren’t welcomed in dog restaurants, because that is a load of crap. You can’t generalize across the board like that.

          Source: RL Experience.

  • commander

    Tension arises when pet owners, predominatly women, want to show off affluence and others, mostly those struggling with no rosy economic outlook in sight, view pet owners jealously.

    Strictly speaking, there is no problem with pet owners bringing pets with them when they go shopping. The underlying problem is that with economic growth sputtering and wealth disparities ever widening, a sense of deprivation is expressed in the form of enmity against of the affluent, which often believe poverty is a result of lack of competence when they see the poor.

    The controversy surrounding shopping with pets represents what South Korean society should take more seriously: ensuring equal opportunities for all and the starting point should be from ameliorating public education quality.

    • dim mak

      Dog strollers, serious business

      • commander

        The business of selling items for and grooming pets targets those leading economically comfortable lives.

        Considering men in South Korea hardly go out with dogs for shopping or meeting friends under the Confucious culture, except for walking dogs, young women from rich families like to bring dogs with them when they socialize with friends.

        (You can pause to consider if pet owners really can take good care of their pets while shopping or hang around. I think the ulterior motive of going out with pets lies in swaggering.)

        As a result, some women who are narcisistic about themselves often use their pets as an accessory showing their supposed elegance during the outing.

        Bussiness people cannot miss a swelling vanity of young people to make a profit, increasing pet amenities for showy young women.

        This marketing strategy fulfills the ostentatious desire of young women.

        This explains how some pet businesses are going.

        • dim mak

          Your expertise on the sociological implications of dog ownership in Korea is unquestioned

  • wangkon936

    Korean women, hurry up and get a real baby. Stop trying to fill that hole in your heart with a four legged substitute. There is a birth rate crisis and all in Korea, yah know?

    • Jang

      JHC Wangkon, you’re a club member of the BKWLBR too(Blame Korean woman for Low Birth Rate)? Let me quote…터미네이터님 – “Now they are putting our food in pushchairs and walking it around.”
      I knew Koreans eat PET dogs too(after they beat them to death, REAL HARD)!

      • wangkon936

        Hummm…. I sense a feeble attempt to rose some kind anger in me, for which it didn’t work. If you are the same Jang that I think you are, then you should know that I think there are a number of reasons why there is low birth rate in Korea, not just Korean women not choosing to have babies. First of all, It is very expensive to raise kids in Korea and that is probably one of the big contributors. But that’s not the whole story either since a lot of Korean men are importing brides to try and have babies.

        Women in Japan are also substituting animals for children as well and predictably, Japan too has a bad birth rate, very close to what Korea’s is.

        • chucky3176

          Importing brides from South East Asia is way more cheaper because they don’t demand all the stuff that comes with Korean on Korean marriages. Plus, the Korean government gives you money, up to $15,000 to get hitched with South East Asian women, to pay for the women in the pictures. If you’re a poor Korean man, why wouldn’t you like this deal? The government pays for the women, the marriage ceremony will be cheap, and after that, you can apply for all the welfare programs that are available for migrant women. It’s profitable to get married with women from South East Asia and have kids with them. So much so, if you go out to the country side farms, the only kids you see are mixed race kids. I don’t think there has been that many kids seen in country sides in Korea, since the 1980’s!

          • SimplyMe

            I really don’t understand why everyone is so aggravated by the low birth rate. This earth is completely OVER-populated as is. We are depleting its natural resources because of our greed to procreate and extend our lineage. As is with everything, evolution is a must. People say that it is built into our genes to want to procreate and that is is “wrong” for a woman to not want that. What is so wrong? If I really want to have a child, I can adopt the hundreds of thousands of orphans in the world needing a home and a family. Why do I need to physically give birth and add another life to this world when there are so many others in need? If women don’t want to have a child, that is their decision, their bodies and none of you have the right to persuade them otherwise.

      • dk2020

        you retarded huh? smh ..

    • dk2020

      there is a low birthrate because most korean couples only have one child ..

  • chucky3176

    The dogs are cheaper replacements for babies who are too expensive to raise them. Since more and more Koreans are forgoing marriage, biggest reason being job/money problems, the pet industry is going to grow much bigger in the near future. What’s the point if your family can’t raise the average of $200,000 needed for the wedding ceremony, as well as needing to spend half your income on educating a child? You might as well just not get married, enjoy the single life, not get into debt for life, and spend your hard earned money on yourself (rather than giving jobs to Hagwons). Just get a dog or cat as a live in companion instead. They don’t ask for much other then food and love.

    • dim mak

      $200,000 for a wedding? the fuck?

      • Galap

        It includes the girl from Thailand

    • neek

      If you think the average Korean wedding is 200K, well….

    • Sillian

      $200,000 sounds too high. Where did you get that number? What does that include?

      • chucky3176

        The story was in the major paper last year. I’ll try to dig it up again when I have some time.

      • Brett

        That’s not the average of a wedding in Korea. You can expect to pay about 10 million won for a good venue, another 50 thousand won per head x75-300 for food, and another 4-5 million for a week long honeymoon.

        I think Chucky is taking into consideration that maybe some girls won’t marry unless a house is in the deal…? Nobody’s paying 200,000 dollars for a wedding ceremony unless they are a millionaire (billionaire in terms of won). Either he’s confused or he’s making stuff up.

        • chucky3176

          My cost includes the down payment on housing, as well as furnishings, at least one car, the rings, wedding pictures, dowery for the opposing families, honeymoon trip, and whatever else costs that are needed, on top of the actual wedding ceremony costs. If you don’t have all those, you are considered not having a proper wedding, because they are the minimum required that people expect to have.

          • chucky3176

            I take into consideration the cost of housing. Because most young Koreans live with their parents until they get married. Marriage is usually the trigger for young people to live separately. Most Korean women these days, unlike how they lie to you in Korean dramas, do not like to live with husband’s parents.

          • Brett

            Right, so you are considering the cost of a marriage, for both parties… Not the cost of a wedding. Got it now;-)

          • http://www.facebook.com/stephenjbeckett Stephen Beckett

            I came out of my wedding about W3,000,000 up on the deal and I got married at Myeongdong Cathedral, and had a proper reception and after-party and everything. No dowries were involved though, as I got married in 2010, rather than in mediaeval times.

          • chucky3176

            Westerners are more sensible when it comes to weddings, so they will budget according to their needs and ability. Koreans on the other hand, are expected to conform to Korean way, and other Koreans are far less forgiving for breaking conformity. Foreigners are not expected to conform to Korean way, so they’re exempt. Another problem is that Korean care much more what others think, so they have to go along with tradition.

          • http://www.facebook.com/stephenjbeckett Stephen Beckett

            Well, my wedding was a mix of Korean traditions and British traditions, with some Catholic traditions thrown in for good measure. From a distance, it might have looked like any other Catholic Korean wedding, but the ceremony was followed by a reception and party, and herein was the strongest deviation from Korean tradition: the wedding was an all-day affair, and the guests actually enjoyed themselves and had a good time and got drunk and made merry, rather than the wedding being reduced to a half-hour of callow, showy photo opportunities from which the guests can’t wait to get away.

    • Kate

      Weddings and babies are only expensive if you let it be and try to be competitive with everyone else. My wedding costed $1500 and I had 15 people there (only people that i genuinely liked)and I took a 2 day honeymoon to a small mountain town with my husbands family. It was very lovely. My dress was $300 from a consignment shop and it was beautiful. I’m sure a resourceful and frugal couple can make a pleasant wedding happen (besides marriage isn’t about a ceremony its about the person you are marrying). And Koreans spend far to much on schooling, I think a public education supplemented by extra curriculars and most importantly involved parentS is the best. Since I am a real teacher, I plan on supplementing my daughters education at home in areas that I find lacking in Korean schools. There’s no reason parents can’t teach their children themselves (many children are home schooled in the usa). Parents think if they just throw enough money around then their kid must be learning but that is so far from correct. Children just need be taught fundamentals, skills, creativity, and most importantly have a loving and involved mom and dad. That doesn’t take a lot of money ether.

      My wedding gown :)

      • dim mak

        Goddamnit Katie, you just can’t resist posting your pics everywhere can you

        • Kate

          Hey I like visuals with comments, you shouldn’t be so grouchy all the time. I like your posts more when you aren’t being mean.

          • Justin_kBANG

            i approveth :)

          • dim mak

            I’m not being mean -_- you change your avatar like every 5 mins

            tho to your credit, you have the face of a doll

            lucky husband

          • Kate

            Thanks that made me smile, I have had a wicked hangover all day (I forgot to eat and drank one too many glasses of wine last night…) and that made me feel better :)♥♡♥♥♡♥♡

        • chucky3176

          If she wasn’t married already, I’d be all over her by now.

          • Justin_kBANG

            i sense this is an opportune moment to cover the contemporary wedding affair :p

          • Kate

            I may end up on this site someday since ill be in korea next month although I really hope not in a lady gate….heh though I’ve always thought about being on that love in asia show because they’ve never had an american on there I think.

          • http://www.koreabang.com/ James Pearson

            Kategate – gonna have to add a new section to the site.

          • dim mak

            ooo, did you hear that katie
            you’ve got a fan

          • Kate

            Hey I miss the cute korean guy avatar!

      • gangnamstyle

        you are obviously a self important self absorb attention whore, it is what it is

        • Kate

          And you’re obviously a jerk.

          • gangnamstyle

            okay attention whore

          • Kate

            Sure thing jackass.

      • Hongwu Emperor

        that’s the cost of modern life, spending a shitload on education only to discover the kid wants to be a sportsman later, for example

  • x1sfg

    Yeah, but does your dog have million dollar jewelry like Paris Hilton?

  • elizabeth

    ‘It’s a dog’s life’ takes on a new meaning.

  • Ruaraidh

    I’d love to see someone shoe-horn an Irish Wolf Hound or something like that in there. Those little dogs are just pathetic, I know you can’t keep a proper dog in the city, but if you live in the city you shouldn’t have a dog at all.

    • Paul M

      Agreed, from my experience most Koreans freak out when a real dog comes near them, they only like the annoying little yappy dogs.

      • vincent

        Jack Russel Terriers are small but awesome though.

        • Ruaraidh

          My neighbours had them, I’m not a big fan… You’d have trouble putting Archie in a dog pram though, he was a viscous little bastard.

          • vincent

            Ouch I’m guessing dogs are like people too, there are crazy ones as well, or perhaps he was not treated well. Oh and strollers for dogs is a terrible idea, they need exercise, but if they come with some sort of poop collector then at least it keeps the place clean, there are far too many in China that don’t scoop their dog’s poop.

  • Lolwut

    “…it can sometimes be easy to forget that Korea has only recently started to see dogs and cats as pets..”

    Uhhh my parents had pet dogs in Korea since they were kids decades ago.

    • dk2020

      no jindos are killed for boshingtang .. you know, the dog butchers do discriminate and don’t take small dogs and dogs off the street .. smh .. people are stupid ..

  • dk2020

    Well I dunno how it goes from dog strollers to dog meat to blaming Korean women for owning dogs .. smfh .. but lemme deflect it a little bit too.. did you hear
    Burger King got caught in horse meat scandal in the UK? Which I think is gross, but it’s not illegal if they don’t advertise 100% beef .. horse meat is popular in Italy ..
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/130201/burger-king-caught-horse-meat-scandal

    • dk2020

      Can you guess what McDonald’s food item this is????? Say hello to mechanically seperated chicken. It’s what all fast-food chicken items are made of. It’s chicken nuggets, patties, and the meat in fajitas… In addition the processed frozen chicken in stores is made from this.. Basiclly the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve… bones, eyes, feet, guts and all. It comes out looking like this… There is more, because it’s crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, and soaked in it.. Then because it taste gross it is reflavored artificially. Finally since it is weirdly colored like ‘Pepto Bismol’ pink, it is dyed with artificial color.. This is what people eat and feed to their children… Enjoy !!! Here’s a pic of Mickey’s D’s McNuggets ..

    • dim mak

      I wonder what horse meat tastes like

      Yeah, I’m southern Chinese :3

      • harvz

        Doesn’t taste too bad.

        • redgirls

          In Ireland it tastes like feckin Beef.
          Thankfully, I hate processed foods and always buy from my local butcher

          http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2013/0209/breaking1.html.

          Back on topic
          I found a beautiful lhasa apso pup in my garden and handed flyers out in shops local diary but two weeks later no one came for him so
          thankfully my mother took him. My mother loves him .One time,I was out shopping and she called me to tell me about some new trick he knew and then put the dog on the phone insisting he could hear me and say hello.I explained to her I was shopping and she actually said to me ,that’s alright love, he wont mind.
          I know she would buy one of these pushchairs for him if she could.

  • aoko

    so in 2002/2003 people were still catching stray dogs and cooking them under bridges?

    • Justin_kBANG

      lol i think they were – still happens in LA.. :D

  • ChuckRamone

    Our dog has basically become a substitute baby for my wife. She said she had no desire to have children before we got him, but I can tell by the way she treats him that he’s her baby and that she might have had some desire for a child before. Now that’s totally gone. Dogs are keeping birth rates down. Nothing wrong with that. Too many humans on the Earth.

    • Ruaraidh
      • ChuckRamone

        First time I’ve heard of Monkey Dust. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Whirly Pop

    It is important to help those in need but for some, having a dog is like a way of helping oneself. For pet owners, there’s no better medicine than seeing the wagging tail of your dog welcome you home.

  • Hongwu Emperor

    First humans with cars, now dogs with strollers?? man, humanity is lost, but save the dogs from atrophy!

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  • SimplyMe

    WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH PEOPLE IN THIS DAMN COUNTRY? Why do you think of dogs as such lowly creatures. They stay by a human’s side through everything. You could be poor, disabled, homeless, disfigured and they would never judge you nor leave your side. Treating dogs and other animals with the love and respect they deserve doesn’t mean that you are putting them above humans. I very much doubt that anybody who doesn’t give a shit about a dog’s wellbeing would have a heart to care about humans. We are all living beings and if you believe that one is better than the other, than you need a slap in the face. Because of how ignorant people are in this country, I have no choice but to cart my dogs around when I need to take them places because people are so damn terrified of dogs, mine are not allowed to be on public transport without being in a carrier. So excuse me, but I support the ideas that help us dog owners out in a country that is so unaccepting of dogs larger than an oversized rat. It is this country’s responsibility to educate their citizens about proper treatment towards animals and how to raise pets correctly; including picking up after their waste (which I always do and since Korea seems to hate garbage cans, I will carry the waste with me until I can find a trashcan to dispose of it in). If you are worried about your precious public spaces becoming toilets for dogs, then create a low with a fine against irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets. Instead of saying shit like dogs are made for meat and they are no better than human beings. As for the suffering children around the world, no one is saying that they don’t deserve a better life, but honestly you must be retarded if you think that trying to insure animals are treated fairly, we are taking away from the orphans in Cambodia or starving kids in Africa, you are beyond stupid. “A nation is judged by the way it treats its animals”, a quote I could not agree with more. Because it takes a truly compassionate being to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. I am a teacher here and just APPALLED by what my students are taught from their parents. Dogs are dirty, dogs carry disease, dogs will bite you, dogs are for meat. Oh Korea, you pride yourself on so many things yet you consistently bring shame to yourself. The best decision my parents ever made was taking me out of this country and raising me in a place that treated all living beings fairly and equally.

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