Petitioning S. Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령 and 39 others

City of Cheonan, S. Korea! Please crack down on the illegal trade of dogs for human consumption at the 'Cheonan 119 Pet Dog Auction Market' immediately!

충청남도 천안시 성무용 시장님, 천안119애견경매시장에서의 처참한 불법 육견거래 엄중히 단속해주세요!

천안 망항로 불법 개사육과 도축장도 대학병원 바로 앞의 학교 정화구역안에 위치한 불법으로 활개를 치고 있읍니다.  하루속히 폐쇄해주세요!

Dear Mayor Seong Moo-Yong 천안시 성무용 시장님께,

I am shocked and horrified to learn and see the images of illegal and cruel trade of dogs for human consumption at the Cheonan 119 Pet Dog Auction Market in your city, Cheonan (220-24 Mokcheon-Eup, Unjeon-ri, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, S. Korea). Below are information, photos and videos from this market obtained undercover by brave animal rights activists of your country.
1. http://fromcare.org/play/?bbs_id=29050&md=read
2. http://youtu.be/CDd0nyiRLBg
3. http://dogisdog.org/bbs/board.php?bo_table=gallery&wr_id=32&page=0&sca=&sfl=&stx=&spt=0&page=0&cwin=#c_108
4. http://youtu.be/kYneDGhHx-c
5. http://youtu.be/vGvHVG0zCQc

Also we learned about an illegal dog farm and slaughterhouse operating without any government restrictions in Cheonan Manghang-ro inside a School District Cleanup Zone.  This slaughterhouse is not only shamefully operating illegally but the passer-bys and the hospital patients are suffering because of the noises and the stench coming from this place.  Please shut this place down and punish the crimimals responsible immediately!  Below is the news report on this situation:

6.  http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/NewsView.do?SEARCH_NEWS_CODE=2787598&ref=A  대로변서 불법 개 사육에 도축까지…당국 뒷짐  (http://koreandogs.org/cheonan-illegal-dog-breeding-and-slaughtering/)

Why do you allow this illegal trade of dogs for human consumption take place in this 'Pet Dog' Auction Market under your management?  Based on the statements by insiders at this market, "this is the largest auction market for dogs for human consumption in South Korea and 90% of the dogs traded here are sold for human consumption".  All sizes and breeds of dogs including Dosa mixes, Yellow dogs, Huskies, Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Greyhounds,....are traded in this market for their meat.  Your failure to act is a heinous crime to the animals and causes stress on Koreans who no longer wish to bear this shame and guilt.

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

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

Below are just few of many violations of Animal Protection Law by this market and slaughterhouses in your city and many similar places 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.

In addition, according to the amendment to Animal Protection Law that just passed on July 2, animal transporters must not cause suffering to the animals and a fine of up to 1 million Korean won (approximately $900 USD) can be imposed for violations.

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).

S. Korea is a democratic nation where your representatives are elected through a democratic process, therefore isn't it your responsibility as a citizen and especially as an official in the government to enforce the law to end this shameful and barbaric practice?  If the enforceable laws are not in place it is your responsibility to make sure they are enacted and enforced.

You say in your city's homepage that Cheonan means 'the best place to live in' and that it is a 'City of Loyalty' but the way your people treats these animals known for their fierce 'Loyalty' toward their human companion puts a real shame to the human race.  Cheonan will never be 'the best place to live in' or be one of the 'Top 100 Cities in the World for Quality of Life' as long as your government ignores this illegal and despicable injustice perpetrated against the most vulnerable members of your society.

Mahatma Gandhi  said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

 "한국가의위대함과도덕성은그나라의동물들이어떻게대우받고있는지를보면알수있다.” ~마하트마간디

Please enforce the law and crack down on the illegal trades of dogs for human consumption at the 'Cheonan 119 Pet Dog Auction Market' immediately!

Until then, we will not invest in or visit Cheonan and we will continue to boycott all S. Korean products and tourism.

Sincerely,

Cheonan Homepage: http://www.cheonan.go.kr/EgovPageLink.do?link=/en/index
Mayor Seong Moo-Yong : http://www.cheonan.go.kr/portal/menu.do?siteCode=1000&menuId=M000002014&menuCode=100000000375

Watch this 19 minute documentary about shockingly cruel world of South Korean dog meat industry:  http://youtu.be/QTqUGTBgUWU

Letter to
S. Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Hae-Chan Lee 이해찬 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Ki-Nam Shin 신기남 민주당 상임고문
and 37 others
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Young-Oh Song 송영오 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Hak-Kyu Sohn 손학규 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Sang-Cheon Park 박상천 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Hee-Sang Moon 문희상 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Jae-In Moon 문재인 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party) Hae-Ja Park 박혜자 민주당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Dong-Young Jeong 정동영 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Sae-Kyun Jeong 정세균 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party) Kyung-Tae Cho 조경태 민주당 최고위원 (Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party))
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Moon-Pyo Hong 홍문표 국회의원 (Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party))
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party) Won-Shik Woo 우원식 민주당 최고위원 (Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party))
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Dae-Cheol Jeong 정대철 민주당 상임고문 (Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor)
Minister of Korea Food And Drug Safety Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
Minister of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림수산식품부 이동필 장관
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party)-Senior Advisor Myung-Sook Han 한명숙 민주당 상임고문
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party) Seong-Jo Yang 양승조 민주당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party) Kyung-Min Shin 신경민 민주당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party) Su-Hyun Park 박수현 충남도당위원장
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Dong-Wan Kim 김동완 국회의원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Wan-Gu Lee 이완구 국회의원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Wan-Join Seong 성완종 국회의원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) In-Jae Lee 이인제 국회의원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Myung-Soo Lee 이명수 국회의원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Tae-Heum Kim 김태흠 국회의원
City of Cheonan, S. Korea Mayor Moo-Yong Seong 천안시 성무용 시장
Leader of the Saenuri Party of S. Korea Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 대표
Leader of the Democratic Party of S. Korea Han-Gill Kim 민주당 대표
Member of National Assembly (Democratic Party) Byung-Hyun Jeon 전병헌 민주당 원내대표
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Ki-Joon Yu유기준 새누리당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Woo-Taek Jeong 정우택 새누리당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Ki-Ho Han 한기호 새누리당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Soo-Taek Yu 유수택 새누리당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Jae-Cheol Shim 심재철 새누리당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Hae-Hoon Lee 이혜훈 새누리당 최고위원
Member of National Assembly (Saenuri Party) Kyung-Hwan Choi 최경환 새누리당 원내대표
Governor of Chungcheongnamdo Province Governor Hee-Jung An 충청남도 안희정 도지사 (Governor of Chungcheongnamdo Province)
City of Cheonan (Chuncheongnam-do), S. Korea! Please crack down on the illegal trade of dogs for human consumption at the 'Cheonan 119 Pet Dog Auction Market' immediately!

충청남도 천안시 성무용 시장님, 천안119애견경매시장에서의 처참한 불법 육견거래 엄중히 단속해주세요!
천안 망항로 불법 개사육과 도축장도 대학병원 바로 앞의 학교 정화구역안에 위치한 불법으로 활개를 치고 있읍니다. 하루속히 폐쇄해주세요!

Dear Mayor Seong Moo-Yong 천안시 성무용 시장님께,

I am shocked and horrified to learn and see the images of illegal and cruel trade of dogs for human consumption at the Cheonan 119 Pet Dog Auction Market in your city, Cheonan (220-24 Mokcheon-Eup, Unjeon-ri, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, S. Korea). Below are information, photos and videos from this market obtained undercover by brave animal rights activists of your country.
1. http://fromcare.org/play/?bbs_id=29050&md=read
2. http://youtu.be/CDd0nyiRLBg
3. http://dogisdog.org/bbs/board.php?bo_table=gallery&wr_id=32&page=0&sca=&sfl=&stx=&spt=0&page=0&cwin=#c_108
4. http://youtu.be/kYneDGhHx-c
5. http://youtu.be/vGvHVG0zCQc

Also we learned about an illegal dog farm and slaughterhouse operating without any government restrictions in Cheonan Manghang-ro inside a School District Cleanup Zone. This slaughterhouse is not only shamefully operating illegally but the passer-bys and the hospital patients are suffering because of the noises and the stench coming from this place. Please shut this place down and punish the crimimals responsible immediately! Below is the news report on this situation:
6. http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/NewsView.do?SEARCH_NEWS_CODE=2787598&ref=A 대로변서 불법 개 사육에 도축까지…당국 뒷짐 (http://koreandogs.org/cheonan-illegal-dog-breeding-and-slaughtering/)
Why do you allow this illegal trade of dogs for human consumption take place in this 'Pet Dog' Auction Market under your management? Based on the statements by insiders at this market, "this is the largest auction market for dogs for human consumption in South Korea and 90% of the dogs traded here are sold for human consumption". All sizes and breeds of dogs including Dosa mixes, Yellow dogs, Huskies, Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Greyhounds,....are traded in this market for their meat. Your failure to act is a heinous crime to the animals and causes stress on Koreans who no longer wish to bear this shame and guilt.

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

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

Below are just few of many violations of Animal Protection Law by this market and slaughterhouses in your city and many similar places 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.
In addition, according to the amendment to Animal Protection Law that just passed on July 2, animal transporters must not cause suffering to the animals and a fine of up to 1 million Korean won (approximately $900 USD) can be imposed for violations.

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).
S. Korea is a democratic nation where your representatives are elected through a democratic process, therefore isn't it your responsibility as a citizen and especially as an official in the government to enforce the law to end this shameful and barbaric practice? If the enforceable laws are not in place it is your responsibility to make sure they are enacted and enforced.

You say in your city's homepage that Cheonan means 'the best place to live in' and that it is a 'City of Loyalty' but the way your people treats these animals known for their fierce 'Loyalty' toward their human companion puts a real shame to the human race. Cheonan will never be 'the best place to live in' or be one of the 'Top 100 Cities in the World for Quality of Life' as long as your government ignores this illegal and despicable injustice perpetrated against the most vulnerable members of your society.

Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
"한 국가의 위대함과 도덕성은 그 나라의 동물들이 어떻게 대우받고 있는지를 보면 알 수 있다.” ~마하트마 간디

Please enforce the law and crack down on the illegal trades of dogs for human consumption at the 'Cheonan 119 Pet Dog Auction Market' immediately!

Until then, we will not invest in or visit Cheonan and we will continue to boycott all S. Korean products and tourism.

Cheonan Homepage: http://www.cheonan.go.kr/EgovPageLink.do?link=/en/index
Mayor Seong Moo-Yong : http://www.cheonan.go.kr/portal/menu.do?siteCode=1000&menuId=M000002014&menuCode=100000000375
Watch this 19 minute documentary about shockingly cruel world of South Korean dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/QTqUGTBgUWU