Petitioning Naju (Jeollanamdo-province), S. Korea Mayor Seong-Hoon Lim 임성훈 시장 and 39 others

Naju (Jeollanamdo-province), S. Korea: Please crack down on illegal dog slaughter & auction market immediately!

Naju (Jeollanamdo-province), S. Korea! Please crack down on illegal dog slaughter & auction market immediately!

전라남도 나주시 임성훈 시장님 처참한 불법 개도축장과 경매장 폐쇄해주세요!

Dear Mayor Seong-Hoon Lim (임성훈 시장님께),

We learned about the illegal and unspeakable cruelty of dog auction market trade and slaughter in your city, Naju and we are horrified and outraged. (http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=003&aid=0005180393 [르포]'법의 사각지대' 개 도축·경매장, 주민 쉼터 점령 http://koreandogs.org/?p=5988 ‘Legal Blind Spot’ Dog Slaughter • Dog Auction Market, Occupying Local Resident’s Rest Area)

Your own country men, many Naju residents have been petitioning and filing civil complaints urging your city to enforce the law. Why do you ignore them? Why is this despicable and shameful trade still operating brutally taking the lives of innocent animals every day?

In your response to the civil complaints, you make the excuse about the lack of enforceable laws to take any legal action . You tell them it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to address this dog meat consumption issue. The list of excuses is endless. Why send your own people round in circles? Your failure to act is a heinous crime to the animals and causes stress on Koreans who no longer wish to endure the noise of  barking cries and foul stench and 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. Also, since S. Korea is a democratic nation where your representatives are elected through a democratic process, isn't it your responsibility as the citizens to end this shameful and barbaric atrocity? If the enforceable laws are not in place it is your responsibility to make sure the enforceable laws are enacted and enforced.

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 dog auction 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.

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).

In addition, according to the Ministry of Environment's Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Law Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, act of discharging excrement, livestock waste water, animal carcass, waste materials or sludge into public water is punishable by up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD).

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses must slaughter animals they are registered to handle. Is this slaughterhouse registered to slaughter dogs? It is not because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

Has there been an investigation to find out if they have been injecting water (prevalent in S. Korean dog meat industry, specially designed high pressure water hose is used to inject water into the slaughtered dog's blood vessels to inflate their weight for unfair profit)?

Naju will never take a leap forward to an ethical, compassionate and modern city as long as your government ignores this illegal and despicable injustice towards the most vulnerable members of your society. Please enforce the law and crack down on the dog auction market and slaughterhouse now!

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

Letter to
Naju (Jeollanamdo-province), S. Korea Mayor Seong-Hoon Lim 임성훈 시장
Chairperson of the Policy Committee - Saenuri Party Rep. Gi-Hyeon Kim 김기현 최고위원
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Sae-Kyun Jeong 정세균 상임고문
and 37 others
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Dong-Young Jeong 정동영 상임고문
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Hae-Chang Lee 이해찬 상임고문
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Ki-Nam Shin 신기남 상임고문
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Young-Oh Song 송영오 상임고문
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Hak-Kyu Sohn 손학규 상임고문
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Sang-Chun Park 박상천 상임고문
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Myung-Sook Han 한명숙 상임고문
Member of Democratic Party Ki-Nam Shin 신기남 상임고문 (前 당의장), 참좋은지방정부위원장
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Sang Jang 장상 상임고문 (Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party)
Jeollanamdo-Province, S. Korea Governer Jun-Young Park 박준영 도지사 (Jeollanamdo-Province, S. Korea)
Member of the supreme council - Democratic Party Rep. Won-Shik Woo 우원식 최고 위원 (Member of the supreme council - Democratic Party)
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Dae-Cheol Jeong 정대철 상임고문 (Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party)
Member of Democratic Party Yun-Seok Lee 이윤석 전남도 민주당위원장
Member of Democratic Party 이윤석 전남도당위원장
Member of Democratic Party Young-Rok Kim 김영록 예산결산위원장
Member of Democratic Party Ki-Joon Kim 김기준 인권위원장
Spokesperson - Saenuri Party Rep. Hyun-Joo Min 민현주부대변인
Spokesperson - Saenuri Party Rep. Il-Ho Yoo 유일호 부대변인
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Hee-Sang Moon 문희상 상임고문
Member of Permenant Advisor - Democratic Party Jae-In Moon 문재인 상임고문
Member of the supreme council - Democratic Party Rep. Hae-Ja Park 박혜자 최고 위원
Member of the supreme council - Democratic Party Rep. Seung-Cho Yang 양승조 최고 위원
Member of the supreme council - Democratic Party Rep. Kyung-Min Shin 신경민 최고 위원
Floor Leader of Democratic Party Rep. Byung-Hyun Jeon 전병헌 원내대표
Head of Democratic Party Rep. Han-Gil Kim 김한길 당대표
S. Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령
Chairperson of Emergency Committee - Saenuri Party Rep. Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 당대표
Floor Leader - Saenuri Party Rep. Kyung-Hwan Choi 최경환 원내대표
Chairperson of the International Relations Committee - Saenuri Party Rep. Jin-Ha Hwang 황진하 국제위원장
Secretary General - Saenuri Party Rep. Moon-Jong Hong 홍문종 사무총장
Members of Supreme Council - Saenuri Party Rep. Su-Taek Yoo 유수택 최고위원
Members of Supreme Council - Saenuri Party Rep. Ki-Ho Han 한기호 최고위원
Members of Supreme Council - Saenuri Party Rep. Ki-June Yoo 유기준 최고위원
Members of Supreme Council - Saenuri Party Rep. Woo-Taik Chung 정우택 최고위원
Members of Supreme Council - Saenuri Party Rep. Jae-Cheol Shim 심재철 최고위원
Members of Supreme Council - Saenuri Party Rep. Hye-Hoon Lee 이혜훈 최고위원
Member of the supreme council - Democratic Party Rep. Kyung-Tae Cho 조경태 최고 위원 (Member of the supreme council - Democratic Party)
Naju (Jeollanamdo-province), S. Korea! Please crack down on illegal dog slaughter & auction market immediately!

전라남도 나주시 임성훈 시장님 처참한 불법 개도축장과 경매장 폐쇄해주세요!

Dear Mayor Seong-Hoon Lim (임성훈 시장님께),

We learned about the illegal and unspeakable cruelty of dog auction market trade and slaughter in your city, Naju and we are horrified and outraged. (http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=003&aid=0005180393 [르포]'법의 사각지대' 개 도축·경매장, 주민 쉼터 점령 http://koreandogs.org/?p=5988 ‘Legal Blind Spot’ Dog Slaughter • Dog Auction Market, Occupying Local Resident’s Rest Area)

Your own country men, many Naju residents have been petitioning and filing civil complaints urging your city to enforce the law. Why do you ignore them? Why is this despicable and shameful trade still operating brutally taking the lives of innocent animals every day?

In your response to the civil complaints, you make the excuse about the lack of enforceable laws to take any legal action . You tell them it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to address this dog meat consumption issue. The list of excuses is endless. Why send your own people round in circles? Your failure to act is a heinous crime to the animals and causes stress on Koreans who no longer wish to endure the noise of barking cries and foul stench and 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. Also, since S. Korea is a democratic nation where your representatives are elected through a democratic process, isn't it your responsibility as the citizens to end this shameful and barbaric atrocity? If the enforceable laws are not in place it is your responsibility to make sure the enforceable laws are enacted and enforced.

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 dog auction 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.

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).

In addition, according to the Ministry of Environment's Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Law Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, act of discharging excrement, livestock waste water, animal carcass, waste materials or sludge into public water is punishable by up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of 10 million Korean won ($7,000 USD).

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses must slaughter animals they are registered to handle. Is this slaughterhouse registered to slaughter dogs? It is not because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

Has there been an investigation to find out if they have been injecting water (prevalent in S. Korean dog meat industry, specially designed high pressure water hose is used to inject water into the slaughtered dog's blood vessels to inflate their weight for unfair profit)?

Naju will never take a leap forward to an ethical, compassionate and modern city as long as your government ignores this illegal and despicable injustice towards the most vulnerable members of your society. Please enforce the law and crack down on the dog auction market and slaughterhouse now!

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