About DoVE Project
DoVE Project (Dogs of Violence Exposed) is a non-profit organization focused on ending the dog meat trade in South Korea, where raising dogs for human consumption is legally sanctioned. We believe that this change ultimately must come from within. To that end, rescue efforts, education, and advocacy are the driving components of DoVE Project.
Our co-founder, Tami Cho Zussman, is Korean-American, which facilitates our involvement with animal welfare groups, activists and government officials, as well as dog meat farmers in South Korea.
With our personal understanding of the issue and professional experience, these principles guide our work:
Full cultural sensitivity and knowledge of the issue is the foundation for a dialogue.
Bearing witness is essential to bring about change.
Changing the hearts and minds of people in South Korea (or anywhere) must come from within.
Positive change must come with sustainable solutions for those involved.
We welcome the support of individuals and organizations of like mind and heart in our pursuit to end this inhumane industry. Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about the complexities of the dog meat industry and get involved. Please learn more about our current actions or contact us to talk.
We appreciate your support!
Tami and Claudia
DoVE Project is a 501(c)3 organization founded in August 2016.
Our Current Actions
DoVE Project works with established animal rescuers on the ground in South Korea, as well as rescue organizations in the U.S. We've been involved in the rescue of dogs removed from dog meat farms through financial support of their care, veterinary needs and transportation to the US, placement facilitation with various advocacy groups in the US and subsequent follow-up with their transition to a new life.
We traveled with our Advisory Board to South Korea to meet with and learn from both opponents and advocates of the industry, as well as ordinary citizens of all ages, gender and education. This trip was filmed in its entirety with the intention of bringing attention, understanding and action to the issue worldwide. Subsequent trips are planned to continue our education and efforts.
DoVE Project has sponsored bus banners in three major cities publicizing the realities of the industry. More are planned. We are in discussion with South Korean television production companies, entertainment agencies and celebrities; considering various strategies to educate the public utilizing a positive, pro-active approach. At the same time through the use of social media and local events, we are also communicating to the US and the rest of the world accurate information relative to current events affecting the dog meat trade, cultural understanding and opportunities for constructive involvement.
The dog meat trade in South Korea is a complex issue involving animal welfare, cultural traditions and the livelihood of individuals and families. In South Korea, DoVE is working with local and federal government officials, animal advocacy groups, individual farmers and business groups to effect change. In the US, DoVE Project also collaborates with national and local advocacy groups as well as South Korea's Consulate General in Los Angeles and New York City.
Meet our Team
Claudia Wilsey Bright
Claudia is driven to help others realize their dreams. Her childhood instilled in her a blueprint for a lifetime of advocacy for the underserved and undervalued, and to this day she remains a committed guardian of children's rights, animals in peril, and our planet. Claudia's upbringing in rural upstate New York as well as extensive world travels has shaped and informed her passion for compassion. She believes in the importance of bearing witness to foster greater understanding and effect change.
As co-founder of DoVE Project - Dogs of Violence Exposed - Claudia brings her media background, social change training and calm presence to the work. She recently co-executive produced with her husband Kevin a provocative documentary, "Best and Most Beautiful Things", which premiered at SXSW Film Festival in 2016 and was broadcast earlier this year on the PBS series, Independent lens. Claudia currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. She is a Founding Board Member of Global Watch Foundation which oversees an orphanage in Southern India.
Claudia and her husband, Kevin S. Bright, have twin sons, Zachary and Justin, and two thriving dogs, Hope and Oscar, recently rescued via DoVE Project in South Korea. In Claudia's personal vision of life, which has been enriched by her spiritual practice, we should all have the opportunity, with a little help from our friends, to live our best life.
Tami Cho Zussman
Tami Cho Zussman is a Korean American humanitarian and animal activist in Los Angeles, California. There is a special tender spot in her heart for children and animals. She is an active Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) for the County of Los Angeles since early 2012. With Tami's steady guidance, two pregnant foster teens on the verge of dropping out successfully completed all required graduation credits and received their high school diplomas. Currently, she is actively advocating for an 11 year old foster boy.
As co-founder of DoVE Project, Tami's cultural awareness, native Korean language skills and persistent energy guide the work. Tami is a former board member for an orphanage in India, Global Watch Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity organization, based in Tennessee. She also serves as a board member for a non-profit music school, Sol-La Music Academy, in Santa Monica.
Tami's personal conviction is that all children and animals are defenseless and they must be protected from exploitation and cruelty. She is bi-lingual Korean/English. a skilled para-legal and former professional interpreter and translator.
She is married to Marc Zussman and has four children and a step son. Her "four-legged children" are Stella, Henry, Felix, Toby and Bear. Felix, Toby and Bear are extra special to her as they were rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea and traveled 7000 miles over the Pacific Ocean to come home.
Terri Toennies is Executive Vice President and General Manager of ANSA Productions, owner and operator of the world-renowned, 11-year-old public event, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) and AutoMobility LA™ (a combination of LA Auto Show’s Press & Trade Days and its award-winning Connected Car Expo®).
Terri currently serves on the Board of Directors of Los Angeles’ South Park Business Improvement District where she chairs the District Identity & Marketing Committee. She is an active member of International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and Society of Independent Show Operators (SISO).
Terri is a valuable member of the DoVE team who adopted her very own DoVE dog, Charlie, a Jindo/Retriever mix! DoVE and Charlie are so lucky to have Terri on our team.
How it all started...
It all began during a customary, bi-weekly yoga practice. Claudia, Tami and their yoga instructor once again discussing one of their favorite topics—their desire to make the world a better place for animals. In the course of the conversation, the subject of the Asian dog meat industry was brought up. Tami, who is Korean American, recalled the history of the tradition but believed it was no longer practiced in South Korea... One week later we were immersed in researching the realities of the industry that continues not only to exist but to be legally sanctioned in South Korea. We were horrified and moved to do whatever was in our power to support the collective cause to end the inhumane dog meat industry.
Thus began the journey of saving lives and changing hearts and minds—making the world a better place, one step at a time.