Lithuania: Tell your Partner Country, S. Korea, you oppose the torture/consumption of dogs

Lithuania: Tell your Partner Country, S. Korea, you oppose the torture/consumption of dogs

July 16, 2023
Petition to
Lithuania President Gitanas Nausėda and 40 others
Signatures: 25,620Next Goal: 35,000
296 people signed this week

Why this petition matters


The President of Lithuania, Honorable Gitanas Nausėda, Prime Minister Honorable Ingrida Šimonytė: Please tell your Partnership Country, South Korea, you oppose the torture and consumption of dogs and cats.

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The Korea Herald reported on 7/13/2023, “South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol met with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Wednesday and formally informed him of Seoul’s decision to open an embassy in Vilnius, his office said….Yoon called for expanding cooperation with Lithuania — a leading nation in laser technology — in bio and other cutting-edge industries, and Nauseda expressed his agreement, saying he hopes to increase cooperation with South Korea’s leading semiconductor and display businesses.”

The Korea JoongAng Daily reported on 7/12/2023, “First lady Kim Keon-hee on Tuesday visited a Korean language institute in Lithuania and promised to help increase student exchange between the two countries…..Kim introduced Korea as a “charming” country where not only Seoul but each city boasts unique characteristics and beauty.”

This relationship was undoubtedly formed in the spirit of partnership and for your mutual benefit, business links, trade, etc. And while Lithuania would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the South Korean citizens, we feel confident that your country would have hesitated to form such a Partnership Country relationship had your country known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades all over South Korea. Lucrative but illegal trades carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them.

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 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. 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 disabled people, guidance and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions.

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 language - the language of another species- showing remarkable willingness and intelligence.

In South Korea, there are numerous dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets, and restaurants where the dogs, who have been 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; this occurs in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty.

Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: Shocking Cruelty of South Korea’s Dog Meat Industry, Part 1 of 2:

Part 2 of 2:

Forest fire in Uljin burns dogs imprisoned in dog meat farms:

Dogs who suffered their entire lives are electric tortured and killed in cages—South Korea’s horrific dog meat industry:

Imprisoning dogs in raised wire cages in South Korea’s dog meat farms is extreme cruelty:

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption, yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored.

We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one country to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Partnership Country. As such, we ask you to please urge South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol to take action and to state that Lithuania and its citizens demand that South Korea 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 violates 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. (Penalty: imprisonment with labor for not more than five years or by a fine not exceeding 50 million won per Article 64 of the Waste Control Act. Imprisonment with labor for not more than three years or by a fine not exceeding 30 million won per Article 65 of the Waste Management Act.)

The unauthorized collection of food waste and feeding it to dogs violates the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Sections 1 & 2. (Penalty: imprisonment with labor for not more than three years or a fine not exceeding 30 million won per Article 33 of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act.)

Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm violate the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. (Penalty: imprisonment with labor for not more than two years or a fine not exceeding 20 million won per Article 49 of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta.)


Slaughtering dogs for human consumption violates the Animal Protection Act Article 10, Section 1, Clause 1-4. Killing an animal by hanging it by the neck or by using any other cruel methods; killing an animal on the street or any other places open to the public or killing an animal with animals of the same kind present at the scene; despite the absence of unavoidable reasons such as the animal's habits and ecological environment using the animal as food for other animals; killing an animal without any justifiable grounds such as prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, such as prevention of direct threats to human life or body or property damage is a clear violation of the Animal Protection Act.

The slaughter of dogs by electrocution violates the Animal Protection Act, Article 10, Section 2, Clause 1. Inflicting an injury to animals by physical or chemical means, such as tools or drugs, is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods violates the Act.  (Penalty: imprisonment with labor for not more than three years or a fine not exceeding 30 million won per Article 97 of the Animal Protection Act.) Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. In Korea, the Supreme Court in 2020 convicted a case of slaughtering a dog using an electric iron skewer.

The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse violates the 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. (Penalty: imprisonment with labor for not more than 10 years or a fine not exceeding 100 million won per Article 45 of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act.)

The slaughter of dogs for consumption violates the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The Act intends to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of killing dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers, and traders exclude euthanasia as a method of slaughter. Therefore, they are all in breach of this Act. This also violates 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 their consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals publicly announced as livestock classification in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, and dogs are not classified here.

Distribution & Sale:

The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets violate the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. It violates laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from the unsanitary and illegal animal slaughter and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning, leading to severe and life-threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals. Because there is no quality control or proper monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade, likely, these laws are routinely violated.

Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source violates the Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold, or used to manufacture or process food for human consumption.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety must crack down on and punish businesses that sell dog carcasses and that process, cook, and sell products that use dog carcasses as raw materials.

Please refer to the legal information regarding dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):

Dog meat consumption is a catastrophe brought about by the government's inaction. Here are reasons why dog meat consumption is illegal.



Distribution & Sales:

International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained South Korea’s image. Don’t let it also tarnish your country’s Partnership country relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested.

Petition letter in Lithuanian:

Gerbiamas Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidente Gitanai Nausėda, gerbiama Ministre Pirmininke Ingrida Šimonyte: prašau pasakykite savo šalies partnerei Pietų Korėjai, jog nepritariate žiauriam elgesiui su šunimis ir katėmis, bei jų naudojimui mėsai.

Gerbiamas Prezidente Gitanai Nausėda, Ministre Pirmininke Ingrida Šimonytei, bei Lietuvos Vyriausybės nariai,

Prašome Jūsų, Lietuvos Respublikos atstovų, apsvarstyti šalies ‘bendradarbiavimą’ su Pietų Korėja, šalimi, kuri praktikuoja itin žiaurų elgesį su šunimis ir katėmis, bei negailestingą jų žudymą mėsai.

Į vaizdus iš šunų fermų yra sunku žiūrėti, tačiau jie atspindi Pietų Korėjos šunų mėsos industriją:
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Čia galite pamatyti kaip gaisre sudegė gyvi šunys, įkalinti šunų fermose Uljin teritorijoje:
Korėjoje mūsų taip mylimi keturkojai yra pasmerkti smurtui nuo pat gimimo, o miršta jie agonijoj, purtomi elektros srovės- tai yra negailestinga Pietų Korėjos šunų mėsos pramonės realybė:

Pietų Korėja maistui kasmet suvartoja milijonus šunų. Šalyje veikia nesuskaičiuojama galybė šunų fermų ir skerdyklų. Internetinė užklausa vietiniuose puslapiuose siūlo išbandyti tūkstančius šunų mėsos restoranų ir taip vadinamų ‘sveiko maisto parduotuvių’, siūlančių šunų mėsos sriubos kaip sveikatos eliksyro (dar kartais vadinamo šunų degtine).

Korėjos šunys kenčia visą savo gyvenimą, įkalinti smarve bei savo išmatų pritvinkusiuose narvuose, jie yra galiausiai pribaigiami pačiais brutaliausiais būdais – nupurtomi elektros srove, užkapojami plaktuku smūgiais į galvą, pakariami, daužomi iki sąmonės netekimo, gerklės perrėžimu peiliu, sudeginami dujiniu žiebtuvėliu arba gyvi įmetami į verdantį puodą su vandeniu. Neretai tokia praktika atliekama kitų šunų akivaizdoje, kurie drebėdami, siaubo pilnomis akimis laukia savo eilės. Dažnai jie tiesiog sudega gyvi savo narvuose negalėdami pabėgti. Kol gyvi, šunys yra šeriami supuvusiu ir kirmėlėmis apėjusiu maistu su čili pipirais, netinkamu jokio gyvūno mitybai, jiems neduodama net vandens. Negana to, mylimi šeimos gyvūnai dažnai tampa vagišių aukomis, parduoti vietinėms skerdykloms jie pasitinka tokį pat žiaurų likimą. Nuo ligų mirusiais jaunikliais yra atsikratoma kaip šiukšlėmis, neretai jie tiesiog paliekami pūti už narvo, kol jų mamos inkščia ir kaukia iš nevilties.

Palisades Park (Naujasis Džersis, JAV) miesto meras Christopher Chung jau spėjo pareikšti savo kategorišką nepritarimą šunų mėsos praktikai. Kaip praneša vietinė spauda the Korea Times, jis atšaukė susitikimą su Incheon miesto (Ganghwa apygarda) studentais iš Korėjos dėl mieste klestinčio šunų mėsos verslo. Los Andželo miesto savivaldybė Kalifornijoje vienbalsiai priėmė nutarimą, remiantį teisės aktus ir administracinius veiksmus, kuriais butų prašoma Pietų Korėjos, Kinijos, Vietnamo, Indonezijos bei Kambodžos vyriausybių uždrausti pardavinėti šunų mėsą ir priimti gyvūnų apsaugos įstatymus.

Visų gyvūnus mylinčių lietuvių bei pasaulio žmonių vardu, mes prašome Jūsų sekti šiuo pavyzdžiu ir netylėti tokio nežmoniško žiaurumo akivaizdoje. Prašau paraginkite Pietų Korėjos Prezidentą Yoon Suk-yeol uždaryti visas šunų fermas, turgus, šunų mėsos restoranus bei sustabdyti sukvežimių vairuotojų, vežančių šunis į neišvengiamą lemtį, veiklą.

Dėkoju už Jūsų laiką ir bendradarbiavimą. Lauksiu Jūsų atsakymo.




296 people signed this week
Signatures: 25,620Next Goal: 35,000
296 people signed this week

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