Taean-gun (Chungcheongnam-do Province), S. Korea! Please revoke the permit for illegal dog meat farm immediately and protect the welfare of Taean residents!
진태구 군수님께, 태안군 소원면 신덕3리 불법 개사육장허가 철회해주세요!
Dear Tae-Gu Jin Taean-gun District Governor, (진태구 태안 군수님께),
We are very disappointed to learn about the permit for dog meat farm recently granted by your district government despite the fact that dog meat trade is illegal, causes immense suffering to companion animals, pollutes environment and cause emotional stress to your residents. (http://www.ccdailynews.com/sub_read.html?uid=351964§ion=sc7 "개사육장 허가 철회하라" http://koreandogs.org/revoke-dog-farm-permit/ "Taean-gun: Revoke the dog farm permit!")
Your own village residents have been protesting and filing civil complaints strongly urging your government to revoke this permit. Why do you ignore them? Why did you approve this illegal dog farm and allow these despicable and shameful trade to operate in your district?
You know that 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.
Further, according to the Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1, Korean Food Standards Codex specified by the Food and Drug Administration, dogs are not included in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal.
Below are just few of many violations of Animal Protection Law by the dog meat industry 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).
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 excrement, livestock waste water, 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).
According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses must slaughter animals they are registered to handle. Is this farms registered to slaughter dogs? It is not because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.
In your district's homepage you promised that Taean strives to be an "International Tourist Resort City" and you will do your best to make Taean a "Happy City" by implementing suggestions and opinions from your residents. Their desperate wish now is not having to endure the "nightmare" they were forced into when this dog farm was in operation for over 10 years. Taean will never be happy as long as this dog farm commits heinous cruelty to animals even your own citizens considers as pets and to the people around the world, your district will be a reminder of human brutality and cruelty towards man's best friends.
Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
It's time that South Korea evolves into the 21st century and take animal protection seriously. Please enforce the law! Revoke the dog meat farm permit immediately! Until then, we will not invest in or visit Taean and we will continue to boycott all S. Korean products and tourism.
Taean Homepage: http://www.taean.go.kr/html/en/