Bologna, Italy Mayor: Tell Friendship City Seongnam, That We’re Opposed to Torture of Dogs

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Bologna, Italy Mayor Virginio Merola:  Tell Friendship City Seongnam, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Il Sindaco di Bologna, Virginio Merola, manifesti alla Città Partner di Seongnam, in Corea del Sud, la propria opposizione alla tortura e al consumo di cani e gatti.

Bologna, Italy became Friendship city to South Korea’s Seongnam in November 2015. Yet Seongnam, South Korea is responsible for the horrendous torture and killing of dogs and cats. The largest market in South Korea that sells dogs both dead and alive for meat is the infamous “Moran Market” in Seongnam in Gyeonggido-province. It is estimated that one third of all dog meat consumed in South Korea(2.5 million dogs each year) are distributed through this market. If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on the Moran Market. This place is a “Hell on Earth” with helpless dogs in cages after cages waiting for the uncaring customers to order them to be slaughtered on the spot by electrocution, hanging, beating, and then thrown into boiling water sometimes while they are still alive. Dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified dogs 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 come to meet their tragic and frightening ends at this market. Also, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this market.

Please watch the undercover videos from Seongnam’s Moran Market: http://youtu.be/UKSGgsjnJlY

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Please inform Seongnam Mayor Jae-Myung Lee and Gyeonggi-do Governor Kyung-Pil Nam that the City of Bologna and its citizens insist that South Korea and the City of Seongnam issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced:

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

Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1, Korean Food Standards Codex specified by the Food and Drug Administration, does not include dogs in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food, therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal.

Animal Protection Act:

ARTICLE 3. BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS

Each person shall endeavor to observe the following principles in raising, caring for, or protecting an animal:

1. Each person shall ensure that an animal maintains its natural behavior and original physical shape to live an ordinary life;

2. Each person shall ensure that an animal does not suffer from thirst, hunger, or malnutrition;

Each person shall ensure that an animal is free to express normal behavior without experiencing discomfort;

4. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from pain, injury, and disease;

5. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from fear and distress.

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).

Ministry of Environment's Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Act,  Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, the 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).

Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses are only authorized to slaughter animals they are registered to handle. No slaughterhouse is registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

We believe these demands are in line with the goal of friendship city to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health.

International and Korean media coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your city’s friendship city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. Thank you for taking swift action.

OGGETTO: Protocollo di Intesa tra la Città di Bologna e la Città di Seongnam. Richiesta di intervento per vietare il cruente e illegale mercato della carne di cane e di gatto a Seongnam.

La invitiamo a guardare questa ripresa a telecamere nascoste effettuata all'interno del Moran Market di Seongnam, nella Corea del Sud: http://youtu.be/UKSGgsjnJlY
La città di Bologna non dovrebbe stipulare accordi di cooperazione con nessuna città che permette la tortura e il consumo di cani e gatti.
E' necessario far sì che il Sindaco di Seongnam Jae-Myung Lee, e il Governatore della Provincia dello Gyeonggi-do Kyung-Pil Nam, chiudano il Moran Market, ovvero, il mercato della carne di cane di Moran, e tutti gli allevamenti e i macelli illegali, oltre che i mercati, i trasporti e i ristoranti che commerciano questo genere di prodotti.
E' disponibile online una petizione che chiede il Suo sostegno per porre fine all’orribile mercato della carne di cane e di gatto in Corea del Sud: https://www.change.org/p/bologna-italy-mayor-virginio-merola-tell-friendship-city-seongnam-south-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-the-torture-and-consumption-of-dogs-and-cats
Attendiamo cortesemente una Sua risposta.
Grazie per l’attenzione in merito, cordialmente.

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Click HERE to find more ways to contact Mayor Virginio Merola and City of Bologna.  http://koreandogs.org/friendship-city-campaign-seongnam-south-korea-bologna-italy/

Click HERE to sign this petition in Italian:  https://www.change.org/p/sindaco-di-bologna-italia-manifesti-alla-citt%C3%A0-gemella-seongnam-la-nostra-opposizione-alla-crudele-consumo-di-cani

For more info about the South Korean Dog and Cat Meat Cruelty visit: http://koreandogs.org/

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