Insist the South Korean Government Respects Global Animal Protection Laws and Oppose Legalization of the Dog Meat Trade
The Situation of unprecedented ,unnecessary cruelty towards livestock and companion animals can no longer be tolerated and it is the duty our respective governments to intervene on behalf of animal welfare organizations and the British Public to insist that South Korea respects and enforces Global Animal Welfare Laws.
This petition also formally opposes the move to legalize the dog and cat meat trade in South Korea on ethical, health and moral grounds.
In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, (2 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year to satisfy the the culininary taste of South Koreans and line the pockets of unregulated “ Dog Farmers”.The largest market in South Korea that sells dogs dead and alive for meat is the infamous "Moran Market" in Seongnam, Gyeonggido-province ..
(http://www.seongnam.go.kr/EN/main.asp). If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Moran 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 as Koreans pass by on their daily shop- often with children in tow!. 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. Evidence shows pure breds, dogs with collars even sick dogs are up for sale!
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). 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. They need your help!
It's time the South Korean government stop turning a blind eye on this illegal and cruel industry and enforce their Animal Protection Laws. Its 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.
Below are just few of many breaches:of Animal Protection Law by the dog slaughterhouses in Moran Market and many other markets that sells dog meat 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, Paragraph 1 through Paragraph 3 will be punished with up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD).
Also, routinely water is injected into the dog's blood vessels using a high-pressure water hose to inflate their weight. See the photos: http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=412&aid=0000000171
Evidence of violations and the list of unspeakable horrors all is overwhelming and clearly documented. Below are few of many videos, photos and news articles available that proves these violations: Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 3 http://youtu.be/_JPYK3yTqWY Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 4 http://youtu.be/hXe3GV0GOB4 Moran Market's Cruel Trade http://youtu.be/L6BLA15tqUQ Cruelty during transport http://youtu.be/MJ1Z4ZT1Sv8 South Korea's Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry - "Two faces of Traditional Markets" http://youtu.be/LHn8IDRdprE S. Korea's Dog Meat Trade: Eating sick dogs and former pet dogs http://youtu.be/A3WNJFd1Cl0
In addition, according to the Ministry of Environment's "Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Law" Article 15 Paragraph 1 Subparagraph 2, act of discharging excrements, livestock wastewater, animal carcass, waste materials or sludge into public water is punishable by up to one year in prison. Yet just recently the world took part in an Eco Conference on Jeju “ Paradise Island” where there is no respect to the environment and it is the hot bed of the animal farm industry.
Our Governments pride themselves in being a dog and cat loving countries- and more than that a nation of compassion of Humanitarian gestures – Proud to be the first to enforce laws on of ethical treatment of livestock. Proud to come to the aid of nations around the world and assist in times of need. Britain welcomed South Korea with full respect to the Olympic Games and in 2014 Britain will attend the winter games in Seoul. Can the government and its citizens continue to support such joining of cultures in full knowledge of these atrocities? Moran Market is the Auschwitz for Dogs.
FoodTortureCulure has to end
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