Petitioning Embassy of the Republic of Korea in United Kingdom Ambassador Suk-hwan Park 주영국 한국대사관 박석환 대사 and 39 others

Asan, S. Korea! Shut down the illegal hell hole dog farm and slaughterhouse in Tangjeong-myun now!


Asan (Choongcheongnamdo-province), S. Korea! Please shut down the illegal dog farm & slaughterhouse located in Tangjeong-myun immediately! 

충남 아산시 탕정면 처참한 개도살장 폐쇄해주세요!

Dear Mayor Gi-Wang Bok (복기왕 시장님께),

How can you in good faith with a clean conscience promote yourselves as the "Well-being city"?  http://www.asan.go.kr/foreign/en/index.asp  This may be your aim and the World could support you BUT as long as you allow this unspeakable torture and cruelty to take place at this illegal dog farm & slaughterhouse, every nation will look at your city with horror and outrage. 

Your own country men, many S. Koreans have been petitioning http://bbs3.agora.media.daum.net/gaia/do/petition/read?bbsId=P001&articleId=128995 and submitting online civil complaints urging your city to enforce the law.  Why do you ignore them?  Why is this despicable hell hole still operating brutally taking the lives of innocent animals every day?

In your response to the civil complaints, you make the excuse about the lack of enforceable laws to take any legal action . You tell them it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to address this dog meat consumption issue.  The list of excuses is endless. Why send your own people round in circles?  What about their well-being? Your failure to act is a heinous crime to the animals and causes stress on Koreans who no longer wish to bear this shame and guilt.

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. Also, since S. Korea is a democratic nation where your representatives are elected through a democratic process, isn't it your responsibility as the citizens to end this shameful and barbaric atrocity? If the enforceable laws are not in place it is your responsibility to make sure the enforceable laws are enacted and enforced.

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 this dog farm and slaughterhouse and many other dog slaughterhouses 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).

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).

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses must slaughter animals they are registered to handle.  Is this slaughterhouse registered to slaughter dogs?  It is not because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

Has there been an investigation to find out if they have been injecting water (prevalent in S. Korean dog meat industry, specially designed high pressure water hose is used to inject water into the slaughtered dog's blood vessels to inflate their weight for unfair profit)?

What health guarantees are you giving citizens of your “Well-being city?”  In your homepage you stated, "Asan constantly develops and advances... we will open up a new era of citizen-oriented administration by listening to the citizens and actively reflecting their opinions. We would like you to watch Asan taking a leap forward."  Asan will never take a leap forward to an ethical, compassionate and modern city as long as your government ignores this illegal and despicable injustice towards the most vulnerable members of your society. Please enforce the law and shut down the hell-hole dog farm and slaughterhouse now!

Until then, we will not invest in or visit Asan and we will continue to boycott all S. Korean products and tourism.

Sincerely,

 

Mayor Gi-Wang Bok's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/vsbok

Photos from a case involving injection of high pressure water hose into dog's blood vessel in order to inflate weight: http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=412&aid=0000000171

Letter to
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in United Kingdom Ambassador Suk-hwan Park 주영국 한국대사관 박석환 대사
Municipal government of Asan, S. Korea Mayor Gi-Wang Bok 복기왕 시장님
Ministry of Justice Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관
and 37 others
Ministry of Environment Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관
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
Office of the president, the Republic of Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령
Prime Minister's Office of Republic of Korea Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리
Leader of the Saenuri Party of S. Korea Mr. Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표
Leader of the Democratic Party of S. Korea Mr. Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표
Leader of Democratic Party (Opposition Party) of S. Korea Mr. Jae-In Moon 민주당 문재인 국회의원
Ministery of Korea Food And Drug Safety Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Young-Rok Kim 김영록 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Jae-Won Kim 김재원 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Seong-Bum Shin 신성범 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Un-Rong Lee 이운룡 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Yoon-Seok Jang 장윤석 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Tae-Gyeong Ha 하태경 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Seung-Nam Kim 김승남 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Woo-Nam Kim 김우남 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Choon-Jin Kim 김춘진 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Ju-Hong Hwang 황주홍 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Sun-Dong Kim 김선동 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Ministery of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림축산식품부 이동필 장관
Chungcheongnam-do Province Governor Ahn Hee-Jung 충청남도 안희정 도지사
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics President Jung-Haeng Kim 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 김정행 회장
Speaker of the National Assembly of S. Korea Speaker Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Kyu-Seong Choi 최규성 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Myung-Hee Yoon 윤명희 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Wan-Gu Lee 이완구 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly In-Jae Lee 이인제 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Mr. Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in US Ambassador Young-Jin Choi 주미 한국대사관 최영진 대사
Ministery of Health & Welfare Minister Young Jin 보건 복지부 진 영 장관
한국무역협회 한덕수 회장 Chairman Duck-Soo Han 한국무역협회 한덕수 회장
Presidential Council on Nation Branding Chairperson Sam-Yeol (Samuel) Koo 국가브랜드위원회 구삼열 위원장 (Presidential Council on Nation Branding)
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Moon-Pyo Hong 홍문표 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in As
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Ki-Un Bae 배기운 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assemb
Asan (Choongcheongnamdo-province), S. Korea! Please shut down the illegal dog farm & slaughterhouse located in Tangjeong-myun immediately!
충남 아산시 탕정면 처참한 개도살장 폐쇄해주세요!

How can you in good faith with a clean conscience promote yourselves as the "Well-being city"? (http://www.asan.go.kr/foreign/en/index.asp) This may be your aim and the World could support you BUT as long as you allow this unspeakable torture and cruelty to take place at this illegal dog farm & slaughterhouse, every nation will look at your city with horror and outrage. Your own country men, many S. Koreans have been petitioning (http://bbs3.agora.media.daum.net/gaia/do/petition/read?bbsId=P001&articleId=128995) and submitting online civil complaints urging your city to enforce the law. Why do you ignore them? Why is this despicable hell hole still operating brutally taking the lives of innocent animals every day?

In your response to the civil complaints, you make the excuse about the lack of enforceable laws to take any legal action . You tell them it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to address this dog meat consumption issue. The list of excuses is endless. Why send your own people round in circles? What about their well-being? Your failure to act is a heinous crime to the animals and causes stress on Koreans who no longer wish to bear this shame and guilt.

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. Also, since S. Korea is a democratic nation where your representatives are elected through a democratic process, isn't it your responsibility as the citizens to end this shameful and barbaric atrocity? If the enforceable laws are not in place it is your responsibility to make sure the enforceable laws are enacted and enforced.

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 this dog farm and slaughterhouse and many other dog slaughterhouses 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).

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).

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses must slaughter animals they are registered to handle. Is this slaughterhouse registered to slaughter dogs? It is not because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

Has there been an investigation to find out if they have been injecting water (prevalent in S. Korean dog meat industry, specially designed high pressure water hose is used to inject water into the slaughtered dog's blood vessels to inflate their weight for unfair profit)?

What health guarantees are you giving citizens of your “Well-being city?” In your homepage you stated, "Asan constantly develops and advances... we will open up a new era of citizen-oriented administration by listening to the citizens and actively reflecting their opinions. We would like you to watch Asan taking a leap forward." Asan will never take a leap forward to an ethical, compassionate and modern city as long as your government ignores this illegal and despicable injustice towards the most vulnerable members of your society. Please enforce the law and shut down the hell-hole dog farm and slaughterhouse now!

Until then, we will not invest in or visit Asan and we will continue to boycott all S. Korean products and tourism.

Sincerely,

Photos from a case involving injection of high pressure water hose into dog's blood vessel in order to inflate weight: http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=412&aid=0000000171