Tell Sister City, Seoul Geumcheon, That We’re Opposed to Torture/Consumption of Dogs/Cats!
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County Executive James J. Tedesco III of Bergen County: Tell Sister City, Seoul Geumcheon District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.
Bergen County, we need to make you aware of the illegal and immoral dog and cat meat trade operating within the boundaries of your Sister city, Seoul Geumcheon District, South Korea. We urge you to take action, set the right example and work with us to change this.
South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it.
We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions.
Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence.
Seoul Geumcheon District is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. There are countless dog slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/
Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q
Please inform Seoul Geumcheon District Mayor Sung-Soo Cha that citizens of Bergen County and their friends insist that they issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced:
Seoul Metropolitan City Official Announcement No.94 (2/21/1984) bans the sale of dog meat as "repugnant food" but there is absolutely no enforcement.(http://goo.gl/oW5Bhs
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;
3. 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.
3. When a person transports an ailing animal, a youngling, a pregnant animal, or an animal with a suckling, he/she shall install partitions or take other necessary measures to prevent such animal from being hurt by other animals in transit.
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 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).
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 Sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health.
International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Seoul Geumcheon District, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your county’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested. Thank you for taking swift action!
Click for more info and call for action: http://koreandogs.org/sister-city-campaign-seoul-geumcheon-district-south-korea-bergen-county-new-jersey/
Short link for this petition: https://goo.gl/Xql5lE
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