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[Breaking News] Korea’s plan to expand puppy mill industry upsets animal activists

Carrie Ann Anderson
San Jose, MD, United States

Jul 17, 2016 — Sharing news from the Korea Observer:

This is the first of a series of articles on the puppy mill trade in South Korea. The next article will expose the breadth and scale of the international teacup puppy trade, which originates in South Korea, and its links with the finance industry.

Animal activists are outraged about the Korean government’s plan to expand the puppy and pet trade in a bid to boost the economy.

President Park Geun-hye said at the 10th official trade and investment meeting on July 4 that stripping red tape from the pet industry will encourage investment and make the pet industry grow more than three times by 2020.

Under the plan, the government will provide financial incentives to those who open new puppy mills or those who upgrade their facilities to meet its new guidelines.

The plan also includes licensing auction facilities to sell pets and allow registered pet stores to sell animals online.

AJ Garcia, president of the Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), said the entire animal welfare community in Korea feels backstabbed by the government, which invited them to the national assembly three times over the past few months to discuss puppy mills and ways of reducing cruelty in the pet industry.

We really thought that puppy mill’s would be banned,” Garcia said.

“If not banned, there would be a lot more regulation. That’s what we were led to believe. We had the public on our side and wanted to use this momentum to discuss cruelty in the dog meat industry. So, everyone’s just as upset.”
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