Close the illegal bear farm 'Cheong Rok Won', South Korea, immediately.
  • Petitioned Minister for the Environment Yoo, Youngsook

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for the Environment Yoo, Youngsook
South Korean President Lee, Myung Park

Close the illegal bear farm 'Cheong Rok Won', South Korea, immediately.

    1. lynn waddell
    2. Petition by

      lynn waddell

      scotland, United Kingdom

On April 23rd 2012, a 2 year old female Asiatic black bear, escaped from a bear farm in Yong In, Kyonggi-do, South Korea.  The bear was shot dead by the police and professional hunters. The bear had a tube sticking out from its neck indicating a possible illegal practice of taking bodily fluids. The farm the bear escaped from has been confirmed as an illegal bear farm, 'Cheong Rok Won', which holds 105 moon bears at present without proper building license and has been in operation since 2003 March. There are reports that there have been previous escapes from this facility. 

 All the bears are being caged in more than 40 dens, measuring 2m by 4 m, the farm has no fences around to secure the animals, and is situated in a residential area of approximately 20 houses. The villagers are living in fear and suffering constant distress due to the lack of security at the farm and are scared at night knowing there are more than 100 bears sleeping at the back yard of their houses. No drainage facility has been found in the vicinity also creating environmental hazards in the area. To date no official government officer has been to the illegal bear farm to inspect the property or to enforce the regulations.

We the undersigned would respectfully ask the Minister for the Environment Yoo, Youngsook and the President  of South Korea, President Lee, Myung Park to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the escape of a bear from 'Cheong Rok Won' Bear Farm, to prosecute the owner of this illegal facility and close it down permanently without delay, to confiscate the bears remaining on the farm and allow them to be moved to a sanctuary or other suitable secure place where they can receive immediate veterinary care and be looked after properly. We also respectfully ask that the South Korean Government end the cruel industry of bear farming without delay, buy back the bears from bear farmers and look after them in sanctuaries where they can receive immediate veterinary care and be properly looked after.

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. UPDATE 16th July 2012

      lynn waddell
      Petition Organizer

      Another bear has escaped from the illegal bear farm at Cheong Rok Wan in South Korea and has been shot dead by marksmen. The bear is a six year old female and was found to have a cork plugging a hole in her chest. Previous investigations of another bear shot after escaping the same farm also was found to have a hole in the bear's chest, suggesting the illegal extraction of blood or another bodily fluid. Despite previous disinterest by the Korean authorities of the operation and activities of this illegal farm, this time the bear's body has been confiscated for an official autopsy. This is a very postive development. Please add your name and share this petition, lets get this bear hell-hole closed down.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. This is a new photo of the bear farm at Cheong Rok Won, in South Korea

      lynn waddell
      Petition Organizer

      You can clearly see the bears packed into rusting cages. No water, no drainage, just a certain future as bear oil for beauty products. Please sign, share and ask your friends and contacts to help free these bears.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. 1000 signatures, Thank you!

      lynn waddell
      Petition Organizer

      The bears on this illegal farm have a short lifespan, they are being farmed to produce bear oil, bear meat and paws. There are 105 bears here right now, be the voice for the voiceless and help shut this place down. Sign, share and retweet. THANKYOU!

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. 400!! Thank you on behalf of the bears at 'Cheong Rok Won'

      lynn waddell
      Petition Organizer

      Sign and share with everyone.

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Thank you to everyone who has signed and is sharing, keep going!

      lynn waddell
      Petition Organizer

      We have to shut this bear farm down, right now!

    11. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Edna Power HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is disgusting - free these beautiful creatures the way God put them on this earth, not to bear pain and abuse from the hands of so-called humans - Please free them now. thank you

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    • Ann Wagner HOBART, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is Inhuman, the cruelty of this makes me sick. Please let the authorities shut these places down and save these poor animals.

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    • Sue Clarke HEANOR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Cruel and unnecessary

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    • Alice Wong KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is one of the cruelest forms of farming out of a poor innocent animal. Stop this inhumane act once and for all.

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    • satku murugiah KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because this should not be happening in the 21st Century!!! I would like to imagine that people of Korea are more educated and learned than this!! These bears should be living in the wild, not in enclosures!! Consuming whatever you all are consuming from these animals (any animal) does NOT GUARANTEE a long life. You will still die one day....

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