Petitioning Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly Wan-Gu Lee 이완구 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Ass and 39 others

Daegu, South Korea! Close Down Chilseong Market's Despicable and Illegal Dog Slaughterhouses-Enforce The Animal Protection Law!

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Dear Mayor Young-Jin Kwon,  대구광역시 권영진 시장님께,

In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK,... (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2011/countries/SouthKorea.html), 2 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry. And one of the largest markets in South Korea that sells dogs dead and alive for meat is the infamous "Chilseong Market" in Daegu, Gyeongsangbukdo-province (http://english.daegu.go.kr/main.asp). If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Chilseong Market. This place is a "Hell on Earth" with innocent man's best friends in cages after cages waiting for the heartless customers to order them to be slaughtered on the spot by electrocution, hanging, beating,...and thrown into boiling water sometimes while they are still alive. Dogs are being killed in full view of other dogs terrified 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 meet their tragic ends at this market.  Also, many abandoned former pets end up in this market as meat giving shame to the human race.

What is shocking is that all these unspeakable cruelties are illegal, even by the South Korea's weak Animal Protection Law and various other laws governing their country. Yet why are the laws consistently flouted? Shameful indifference by the South Korean government and the majority of their citizens who do not care about these animals or indeed any livestock (having buried alive over 8 million creatures in 2011 during the foot and mouth crisis  http://youtu.be/W62g6L9bHfQ).  That is the reason why this illegal and gruesome industry is still thriving in this otherwise modern and industrialized nation.  That and greed, not cultural difference or historical reasons.  Brave and dedicated animal rights activists in South Korea have been campaigning to ban this industry for many years without much success because they are a small minority compared to the total population.

We ask you to take the steps immediately to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your city and issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges:

Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation.

The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely.

Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption.

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/

It's time the South Korean government stop turning a blind eye on this illegal and cruel industry and enforce their Animal Protection Law.  It's time they stop making excuses about "Legal Blind Spot" and pointing fingers at each other for the problem.  It's time they enact and enforce a clear law to ban this brutal killing and abuse once and for all.

In Korean adage, "So Tam Dae Shil (소탐대실 小貪大失 )" means you can suffer a big loss in going after a small gain. We urge South Korea to realize that there is much bigger loss at stake while they are insisting on a small gain of another choice of meat. It is time that South Korea show the world that they are not void of compassion and conscience and that they take their Animal Protection Law seriously. We, the people of the world, will boycott all South Korean products and tourism until this shameful atrocity of dog meat trade finally comes to an end.

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  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Wan-Gu Lee 이완구 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Ass
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Seung-Nam Kim 김승남 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Un-Rong Lee 이운룡 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National As
  • Ministry of Justice
    Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관
  • Ministery of Trade, Industry and Energy
    Minister Sang-Jick Yoon 산업통상자원부 윤상직 장관
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Ju-Hong Hwang 황주홍 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Choon-Jin Kim 김춘진 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Woo-Nam Kim 김우남 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Tae-Gyeong Ha 하태경 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Yoon-Seok Jang 장윤석 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    In-Jae Lee 이인제 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Ministery of Public Administration and Security
    Minister Jeong-Bok Yoo 행정안전부 유정복 장관
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Laos
    Sun-Dong Kim 김선동 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Ki-Un Bae 배기운 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Asse
  • Daegu, South Korea
    Mayor Young-Jin Kwon 대구광역시 권영진 시장
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Moon-Pyo Hong 홍문표 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National
  • Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Branding
    Chairperson Sam-Yeol (Samuel) Koo 국가브랜드위원회 구삼열 위원장 (Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Br
  • Ministery of Employment and Labor
    Ha-Nam Phang 고용노동부 방하남 장관
  • Leader of Democratic Party (Opposition Party) of S. Korea
    Jae-In Moon민주당 문재인 국회의원
  • Ministery of Gender Equality and Family
    Minister Yoon-Sun Cho 여성가족부 조윤선 장관
  • Prime Minister's Office of Republic of Korea
    Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리
  • Leader of the Democratic Party of S. Korea
    Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표
  • Leader of the Saenuri Party of S. Korea
    Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표
  • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관
  • Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office
    Prosecutor General Han Sang Dae 검찰총장 한상대
  • Office of the president, the Republic of Korea
    President Geun-Hye Park 박근혜 대통령
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance
    Deputy Prime Minister Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관
  • Ministry of Environment
    Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관
  • Speaker of the National Assembly of S. Korea
    Speaker Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장
  • Ministery of Korea Food And Drug Safety
    Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Myung-Hee Yoon 윤명희 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Seong-Bum Shin 신성범 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Jae-Won Kim 김재원 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Young-Rok Kim 김영록 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock Committee of the National Assembly
    Kyu-Seong Choi 최규성 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
  • Ministeryof Health & Welfare
    Minister Young Jin 보건 복지부 진 영 장관
  • Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province
    Governor Kwan-Yong Kim 경상북도 김관용 도지사
  • Ministery of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림축산식품부 이동필 장관
  • Commissioner General of Korean National Police Agency
    Comissioner Sung-Han Lee 경찰청장 이성한 (Commissioner General of Korean National Police Agency)


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