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Daegu, South Korea! Close Down Chilseong Market's Despicable and Illegal Dog Slaughterhouses-Enforce The Animal Protection Law!
  • Petitioning Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관

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Ministry of Justice
Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관
Ministry of Environment
Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance
Deputy Prime Minister Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관
Office of the president, the Republic of Korea
President Geun-Hye Park 박근혜 대통령
Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office
Prosecutor General Han Sang Dae 검찰총장 한상대
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관
Leader of the Saenuri Party of S. Korea
Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표
Leader of the Democratic Party of S. Korea
Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표
Prime Minister's Office of Republic of Korea
Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리
Speaker of the National Assembly of S. Korea
Speaker Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장
Ministery of Korea Food And Drug Safety
Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
Ministery of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림축산식품부 이동필 장관
Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province
Governor Kwan-Yong Kim 경상북도 김관용 도지사
Ministeryof Health & Welfare
Minister Young Jin 보건 복지부 진 영 장관
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Kyu-Seong Choi 최규성 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Young-Rok Kim 김영록 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Jae-Won Kim 김재원 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Seong-Bum Shin 신성범 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Myung-Hee Yoon 윤명희 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Wan-Gu Lee 이완구 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Un-Rong Lee 이운룡 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
In-Jae Lee 이인제 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Yoon-Seok Jang 장윤석 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Tae-Gyeong Ha 하태경 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Seung-Nam Kim 김승남 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Woo-Nam Kim 김우남 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Choon-Jin Kim 김춘진 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Ju-Hong Hwang 황주홍 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Ministery of Trade, Industry and Energy
Minister Sang-Jick Yoon 산업통상자원부 윤상직 장관
Ministery of Public Administration and Security
Minister Jeong-Bok Yoo 행정안전부 유정복 장관
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Laos
Sun-Dong Kim 김선동 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Ministery of Gender Equality and Family
Minister Yoon-Sun Cho 여성가족부 조윤선 장관
Commissioner General of Korean National Police Agency
Comissioner Sung-Han Lee 경찰청장 이성한
Leader of Democratic Party (Opposition Party) of S. Korea
Jae-In Moon민주당 문재인 국회의원
Ministery of Employment and Labor
Ha-Nam Phang 고용노동부 방하남 장관
Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Branding
Chairperson Sam-Yeol (Samuel) Koo 국가브랜드위원회 구삼열 위원장 (Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Branding)
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Moon-Pyo Hong 홍문표 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly)
Daegu, South Korea
Mayor Young-Jin Kwon 대구광역시 권영진 시장
Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
Ki-Un Bae 배기운 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly)

Daegu, South Korea! Close Down Chilseong Market's Despicable and Illegal Dog Slaughterhouses-Enforce The Animal Protection Law!

    1. Isabel S. Han
    2. Petition by

      Isabel S. Han

      Washington, DC

Dear Mayor Young-Jin Kwon,  대구광역시 권영진 시장님께,

In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK,... (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2011/countries/SouthKorea.html), 2 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry. And one of the largest markets in South Korea that sells dogs dead and alive for meat is the infamous "Chilseong Market" in Daegu, Gyeongsangbukdo-province (http://english.daegu.go.kr/main.asp). If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Chilseong Market. This place is a "Hell on Earth" with innocent man's best friends in cages after cages waiting for the heartless customers to order them to be slaughtered on the spot by electrocution, hanging, beating,...and thrown into boiling water sometimes while they are still alive. Dogs are being killed in full view of other dogs terrified in cages, in public and in broad daylight. Millions of dogs tortured all their lives in unimaginable misery and agony in dog farms around the country meet their tragic ends at this market.  Also, many abandoned former pets end up in this market as meat giving shame to the human race.

What is shocking is that all these unspeakable cruelties are illegal, even by the South Korea's weak Animal Protection Law and various other laws governing their country. Yet why are the laws consistently flouted? Shameful indifference by the South Korean government and the majority of their citizens who do not care about these animals or indeed any livestock (having buried alive over 8 million creatures in 2011 during the foot and mouth crisis  http://youtu.be/W62g6L9bHfQ).  That is the reason why this illegal and gruesome industry is still thriving in this otherwise modern and industrialized nation.  That and greed, not cultural difference or historical reasons.  Brave and dedicated animal rights activists in South Korea have been campaigning to ban this industry for many years without much success because they are a small minority compared to the total population.

Article 2, Item 1 of Korea's Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act which governs the raising, slaughter and disposal of livestock and the processing, distribution and inspection of livestock products, does not categorize dogs  as a livestock that can be processed as food which makes dog meat technically illegal.

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses must slaughter animals they are registered to handle. And these slaughterhouses are not registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

Next, below are just few of many violations of Animal Protection Law by the dog slaughterhouses in Chilseong Market and many other markets that sells dog meat around the country in South Korea:

ARTICLE 3. BASIC PRINCIPLE OF ANIMAL PROTECTION
In keeping, caring and protecting animals, everyone should recognize the following:
2. Animals should be free from the hunger and thirst.
5. Animals should be free from fear and stress.

ARTICLE 8. PROHIBITION OF ANIMAL ABUSE
① No one shall commit the following acts toward animals:
1. Act of killing by brutal methods, such as hanging
2. Act of Killing in public or in another animal’s presence

③ No one shall commit the following acts toward abandoned or abused animals:
1. Act of capture and sell or kill.
2. Act of trade or purchase knowing that the animals are abandoned or abused.

ARTICLE 9. ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION
① Anyone transporting an animal that has been selected by decree from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries must make an effort to abide by the following:
1. Ensure that the animals are properly fed, watered and drive carefully so that animals are not shocked or harmed from sudden departures or stops.
2. The vehicle used for transportation must be built to prevent any harm during transportation and to minimize any pain due to poor ventilation or sudden changes in temperature, etc.
4. Avoid any possible injuries while moving an animal and minimize any pain or discomfort, such as sudden changes in body temperature or difficulty in breathing.

ARTICLE 46. PUNISHMENT
① Anyone who violates Article 8, Clause 1 through 3 shall be punished with up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD).

Also, routinely water is injected into the dog's blood vessels using a high pressure water hose to inflate their weight. See the photos: http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=412&aid=0000000171

Evidence of violations are overwhelming and clearly documented. Below are few of many videos, photos and news articles available that proves these violations:
Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 3 http://youtu.be/_JPYK3yTqWY
Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 4 http://youtu.be/hXe3GV0GOB4
Moran Market's Cruel Trade http://youtu.be/L6BLA15tqUQ
Cruelty during transport http://youtu.be/MJ1Z4ZT1Sv8
South Korea's Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry - "Two faces of Traditional Markets" http://youtu.be/LHn8IDRdprE
S. Korea's Dog Meat Trade: Eating sick dogs and former pet dogs  http://youtu.be/A3WNJFd1Cl0

In addition, according to the Ministry of Environment's "Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Law" Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, act of discharging excrements, livestock wastewater, animal carcass, waste materials or sludge into public water is punishable by up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD).

It's time the South Korean government stop turning a blind eye on this illegal and cruel industry and enforce their Animal Protection Law.  It's time they stop making excuses about "Legal Blind Spot" and pointing fingers at each other for the problem.  It's time they enact and enforce a clear law to ban this brutal killing and abuse once and for all.

In Korean adage, "So Tam Dae Shil (소탐대실 小貪大失 )" means you can suffer a big loss in going after a small gain. We urge South Korea to realize that there is much bigger loss at stake while they are insisting on a small gain of another choice of meat. It is time that South Korea show the world that they are not void of compassion and conscience and that they take their Animal Protection Law seriously. We, the people of the world, will boycott all South Korean products and tourism until this shameful atrocity of dog meat trade finally comes to an end.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Daegu has a new mayor - Young-Jin Kwon!

      Isabel S. Han
      Petition Organizer

      S. Korea recently had a local election and Daegu has a new mayor, Young-Jin Kwon. Let's ask him to shut down the illegal dog slaughterhouses and restaurants at the Chilseong Dog Meat Market in his city.
      ► Send a message to the Mayor Kwon!
      1. Click: http://english.daegu.go.kr/cms/cms.asp?Menu=7
      2. For "Are you satisfied with the contents of the current page and the convenience of use?", select "Very Unsatisfied"
      3. For "Matters of complaint", type in:
      Daegu Chilseong Dog Meat Market
      4. For "What do you want from the Daegu metropolitan government?", type in:
      Please shut down the illegal dog slaughterhouses and restaurants in Daegu Chilseong Market!
      5. Click "Evaluate"!

      ► Sample Letter: http://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/contacts-for-protest/sample-protest-letter/

      ► Email Address: mayor@daegu.go.kr

      ► Daegu Government on FB:
      https://www.facebook.com/globaldaegu
      https://www.facebook.com/colorfuldaegu

      ► Daegu Mayor on FB: https://www.facebook.com/NO1DAEGU

      ► Daegu Government on Twitter: https://twitter.com/colorfuldg

      ► Postal Mailing Address:
      Daegu Mayor Young-Jin Kwon
      88 Gongpyeong-ro(Dongindong 1-ga), Jung-gu, Daegu, Gyeongsangbukdo-do, Postal Code 700-714, South Korea

      ► Sign the petition! https://www.change.org/petitions/daegu-south-korea-close-down-chilseong-market-s-despicable-and-illegal-dog-slaughterhouses-enforce-the-animal-protection-law

      ► More petitions: http://koreandogs.org/petitions
      Thank you!

      Daegu - South Korean Dog Meat Industry 대구 개농장 도살장

      Filmed Undercover by Human Action Alliance (HAA) investigator http://stopitkorea.org/ in South Korea during the year and a half long investigation into the South Korean Dog Meat Industry to expose the shocking reality of the $2 billion a year industry that torments and extinguishes the lives of millions of dogs every year.

    2. Reached 20,000 signatures
    3. Please watch! Shocking Cruelty of South Korean Dog Meat Industry

      Isabel S. Han
      Petition Organizer

      Shocking Cruelty of South Korean Dog Meat Industry(Undercover Video by Stop It! Korea) http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

      Shocking Cruelty of South Korean Dog Meat Industry(Undercover Video by Stop It! Korea)

      http://www.stopitkorea.org/ STOP IT! KOREA Campaign was launched on July 13, 2013 (Chobok, first of the three dogs days in S. Korea) by Humane Action Alliance (HAA)-Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), Animal Guardians and Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF)-with their new campaign homepage www.stopitkorea.org/.

    4. Reached 17,500 signatures
    5. Please watch video-Shocking Cruelty of South Korean Dog Meat Industry!

      Isabel S. Han
      Petition Organizer

      Please watch this video recorded undercover by brave animal activists of South Korea! http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q
      Share far and wide for the South Korean dogs!
      Thank you!

    6. Reached 15,000 signatures

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    • susan auger BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      BARBARIC CRUELTY CANNOT BE TOLERATED!!!!!

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    • Gülbahar Durgun ROOSENDAAL, NETHERLANDS
      • 6 days ago

      I don't care where you from or what religion you are to me whatever you're doing is just inhumane and sick you belong in prison and need mental treatment, poor dogs, don't forget you will go to hell they will be in heaven forever.

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    • Каркишко Инна Новотроицк, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
      • 7 days ago

      dogs are intelligent faithful animals, they are our friends. Killing a dog is like killing a human, is a huge cruelty

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    • dijana Milosevic AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
      • 7 days ago

      IMPOTANT ASIAN MAN BELIVE BY EATING DOGS AND CATS THEY WILL BE ABEL TO GET ERECTION?! How sick is that!!! GO VEGAN and improve your sexlife!!!

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    • Lexi Lake COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • 9 days ago

      Killing these feeling, sentient animals at all is cruelty. Keeping them in those conditions is against all humane consideration. Eating dog and cat meat is barbarous. Those people are demented. Every person doing this should be treated in the same manner until they are all dead!

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