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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Korean Dog Meat Market *Heartbreaking-Graphic*

Your compassionate attention can help stop animal cruelty and strengthen the Animal Protection Law in Korea.
By CARE- KoreaA series of shocking cruelties to animals, which are unparalleled and unprecedented to date, were recently reported in Korea. We therefore urge the Korean government to strengthen the Korean Animal Protection Law so that these cruelties can be prevented from happening again. Korea remains one of the few places in the world where dog meat is still eaten. The horrific conditions in which dogs are raised for meat on farms - as documented in Incheon City - are tragically all too common in Korea, as is also the case with pet breeding farms.Worse still, the proposed amendment to the Animal Protection Law, which is still far behind general global standards, fails to include basic provisions to prevent cruelty to animals. While the Korean Government’s economic development efforts are consistently substantial, it does virtually nothing to prevent cruelty to animals. The amended bill falls short of even Taiwan’s Animal Protection Law, which was revised 10 years ago. Major shortcomings of the proposed bill are as follows:[1] The bill does not stipulate systemic measures to provide immediate and temporary protection to abused animals from abusers. It must be ensured that maltreated animals are removed from abusers and given immediate refuge by reputable animal organizations. In Legalizing seizure of abused animals would ensure that animal protection workers in Korea will no longer be forced to risk their freedom and safety by rescuing abused animals.[2] In the proposed bill, the definition of “Animal Cruelty” does not meet internationally​.​.​.​.​ accepted definitions and criteria for that term. It is vague and only limited to inflicting pains and injuries on animals without good cause. Anticruelty laws in the bill are too broadly worded and do not provide a list of specific conduct to be outlawed. The bill also fails to list and define provisions of “Animal Neglect,” which is generally defined as failure to provide adequate care and medical attention, resulting in substantial harm to animals.[3] The bill does not prescribe the participation of animal protection groups in an Animal Ethics Committee. Scientific ethics in Korea have reached the crisis stage, as evidenced by the scandal involving Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk. The Korean government must take steps to prevent cruelty to laboratory animals by introducing an Animal Ethics Committee that will enhance the transparency and accountability of the research process. According to the current bill, establishing an Animal Ethics Committee is not compulsory. Researchers, in conducting experiments using animals, are not required to receive any education regarding humane care and use of laboratory animals. Also, the bill does not state any punishment clauses for cruelty violations in relation to animal testing.[4] The current bill does not include provisions for educational programs and welfare policies for the proper care of animal companions. The Korean government must provide adequate programs to educate guardians on responsible animal care so that they fully understand their responsibilitie​.​.​.​.​s toward their companion animals when they register for licenses.[5] The bill must stipulate compulsory humane slaughter of farm animals. Currently, the amended bill does not even ban burying farm animals alive. Monitoring and enforcing humane handling and slaughter regulations are internationally​.​.​.​.​ recognized practices.[6] A national animal welfare committee must be established, as in many other countries, requiring the participation of non-​.​.​.​.​governmental organizations. While the Korean government calls itself the “participation government,” there are no channels available in which non-​.​.​.​.​governmental organizations can participate and present their ideas regarding animal welfare policies. Current policies resort to bureaucratic decision making, which leads to a dearth of expert advice and democratic approaches.[7] The Korean Government’s insistence on keeping dog meat consumption legal instead of banning it is disappointing. The Korean Government must initiate policies to stop the dog meat trade, not only to address short-term sanitary concerns but also in recognition of the intrinsic value of animal life that has universally been acknowledged.​.​.​.​.​Until Korea’s Animal Protection Law is updated to match global standards and dog meat consumption is forbidden, Korea will remain a nation stuck in the dark ages and be ineligible to host the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. We urge the Korean Government to strengthen the country’s Animal Protection Law so that it is commensurate with the country’s international stature.

Click here to view a PDF (925k) with photos that expose the cruelty at two particular dog farms.

What You Can Do

Take Action: Urge Korean Prime Minister to Strengthen Animal Protection Law

Write to the South Korean government and ask that they amend the Animal Protection Law as described above.

Ambassador Lee, Tae-Sik
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
2450 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202)939-5600
Fax: (202)797-0595


Katherine said...

The state of animals in Korea is atrocious. I currently live in Korea and I am saddened by what I've seen. I've come to befriend about 5 dogs in my neighborhood. All of them are loving beautiful dogs who just want attention. These dogs, like most big dogs in Korea, live their entire life on a four foot chain.

There are many dog soup restaurants in my town as well.

Children are taught to be scared of dogs. I've "adopted" a dog, meaning the owners let me take her for walks, and I have yet to find a kid who willingly pets a dog. They are terrified of the dog.

I fear that Korea will never change it's ways as, in my opinion, they see most animals as servants to humans.

I've also read some pretty terrible stories about Moon Bears and stray cats in Korea... both are used for so called medicinal purposes.

I feel powerless to help these dogs. I've already adopted two cats.

Korea needs to change some fundamental thinking before they will consider the rights of animals. But, it will be a long time yet...Korea still has trouble with equal rights for women. *sigh*

Simone said...

I have written countless letters to the President of Korea, I've filled out petitions, I've campaigned and sent money to organizations in Korea to help the dogs and cats and my frustration has hit the roof. I don't understand why the government and the people who commit the atrocities to these poor animals are still allowed to treat these poor dogs and cats in such a way. I am appalled and embarrassed to be a human being. I just wish they'd help to end the consumption and mistreatment of the dogs and cats... They'd make more money protecting them then they would allowing them to be eaten and treated so horribly.

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