Incheon, Ganghwa Island County, South Korea: Shut down the illegal dog farms!

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In Ganghwa Island County, belonging to Incheon City, there are over 250 dog farms, 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. Many abandoned and stolen former pets also end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. In addition, a large number of dogs from Gimpo were removed due to industrialization and have been relocated to Ganghwa Island County into these dog farms.  Nami Kim, founder of Save Korean Dogs, will be arranging a meeting and hand delivering a petition to Governor Yoo Cheon Ho, to shut down the hundreds of dog farms in Ganghwa County.  Nami Kim knows Ganghwa Island very well.  She had one success with closing down a dog farm with the violations of environment conservation, livestock handling sanitation and illegal acquisition of a livestock farming license under "meat dog." It is known that the dog owner later committed suicide with the farm containing 500 dogs.

Dogs were first domesticated 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.
Dogs continue to do so much for us humans. They serve us, protect us, and risk their lives for us and we as people have an obligation and duty to protect them from such horrific treatments.


Dear Governor Yoo Cheon Ho and Incheon City Council members,

We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms in Incheon. We request that an official document be issued, 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of the slaughtering of a dog, without 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 the 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.

The slaughter of dogs from an 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.

The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the 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, the 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 the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publicly announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

Please refer to:

Tamara's Promo Awareness Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D90TRfWiUUs&feature=share

Awareness Video: Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhYWPjFNDKw&feature=share

The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, "Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade." (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401


We urge you to take immediate action to address the violations of laws and prevent recurrence. The time is now to end the tragedies of so many lives!