Petitioning President of S. Korea Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령 and 37 others

Busan Northern District Government, South Korea: Cut your ties with the criminals! Demolish illegal dog slaughterhouse operating on your land for over 20 years!

Dear Busan Northern District Government Mayor Jae-Gwan Hwang and Busan Metropolitan Mayor Nam-Sik Hur, 

We have learned that illegal dog slaughtering has been taking place for over 20 years on a land owned and managed by your government at the Gupo Market in Busan, South Korea. (http://koreandogs.org/busan-dog-slaughterhouse-on-busan-northern-district-land/  in Korean, http://news20.busan.com/controller/newsController.jsp?newsId=20131209000115#none  구청 소유 부지에서 20년째 개 도살 동물학대방지연합 "시설 철거" 주장)

It’s time to shut this “Hell Hole” down! The fact that this illegal, criminal activity has been going on for so long doesn’t make it right. With the cages and cages full of dogs, waiting outside this place during the summer's peak dog meat season, it is also suspected that the mass killing, documented undercover in this video from Seongnam Moran Market, has taken place here: http://youtu.be/UKSGgsjnJlY

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 livestock that can be processed as food, which makes dog- meat technically "illegal"!

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses can only slaughter animals that they are registered to handle. And these slaughterhouses are not registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

Next, below are just few of many violations of Animal Protection Law by the dog slaughterhouses in Gupo 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, 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 excrements, livestock wastewater, 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).

It's time the Korean government stop turning a blind eye to this illegal and cruel industry and start enforcing the Animal Protection Law. It's time that your government stop making excuses about a so-called "Legal Blind-Spot" and stop pointing fingers at each other about the problem. It's time you enact and enforce a clear law to ban this brutal killing and madness once and for all!

In the Korean adage, "So Tam Dae Shil (소탐대실小貪大失 )" means "you can suffer a big loss in going after a small gain". We urge the South Korean government to realize that there is a much "bigger loss" at stake while you are insisting on the "small gain" of another choice of meat. It is time that you, as the South Korean government, show the world that you are not void of compassion and a conscience and that you take your Animal Protection Law seriously! We will boycott all South Korean products and tourism until this shameful and illegal atrocity of the dog meat trade finally comes to an end!!

Busan Metropolitan City http://english.busan.go.kr/00main/main.jsp
Nam-Sik Hur, Mayor of Busan http://english.busan.go.kr/02government/01_02.jsp
Busan Northern District Government http://www.bsbukgu.go.kr/english/
Jae-Gwan Hwang, Busan Northern District Government Mayor http://www.bsbukgu.go.kr/english/
webmaster@bsbukgu.kr

Letter to
President of S. Korea Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령
Vice Speakers of the National Assembly of S. Korea Byeong-Seug Park 박병석 대한민국 국회부의장
Busan Northern District Government Mayor Jae-Gwan Hwang 부산 북구청장 황재관
and 35 others
Busan Metropolitan Mayor Nam-Sik Hur 경상남도 부산광역시 허남식 시장
Leader of Democratic Party (Opposition Party) of S. Korea Mr. Jae-In Moon 민주당 문재인 국회의원
Vice Speakers of the National Assembly of S. Korea Byung-Suk Lee 이병석 대한민국 국회부의장
Prime Minister of S. Korea Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affair Dong-Phil Lee 농림축산식품부 이동필 장관
Vice Minister of Health & Welfare Young-Chan Lee 보건 복지부 이영찬 차관
Minister of Environment Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관
CEO of Korea Tourism Organization Cham Lee 한국관광공사 이 참 사장
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Nam-Soo Seo 교육부 서남수 장관
Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Sang-Jick Yoon 산업통상자원부 윤상직 장관
Governor of Gyeongsangnamdo Province (Home of the Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market) Jun-Pyo Hong 경상남도 홍준표 도지사 (Governor of Gyeongsangnamdo Province (Home of the Busan Gupo Dog Meat Mar
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Moon-Pyo Hong 홍문표 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in As
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Ki-Un Bae 배기운 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원 (Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assemb
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly In-Jae Lee 이인제 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Wan-Gu Lee 이완구 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Speaker of the National Assembly of S. Korea Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장
Minister of Justice Jae-Jin Kwon 법무부 권재진 장관
Leader of the Saenuri Party of S. Korea Mr. Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표
Leader of the Democratic Party of S. Korea Mr. Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표
Minister of Korea Food And Drug Safety Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Young-Rok Kim 김영록 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Jae-Won Kim 김재원 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Seong-Bum Shin 신성범 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Yoon-Seok Jang 장윤석 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Tae-Gyeong Ha 하태경 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Seung-Nam Kim 김승남 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Woo-Nam Kim 김우남 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Choon-Jin Kim 김춘진 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Ju-Hong Hwang 황주홍 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Sun-Dong Kim 김선동 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Kyu-Seong Choi 최규성 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Myung-Hee Yoon 윤명희 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관 (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Busan Northern District Government, South Korea: Cut your ties with the criminals! Demolish illegal dog slaughterhouse operating on your land for over 20 years!

Dear Busan Northern District Government Mayor Jae-Gwan Hwang and Busan Metropolitan Mayor Nam-Sik Hur,

We have learned that illegal dog slaughtering has been taking place for over 20 years on a land owned and managed by your government at the Gupo Market in Busan, South Korea. (http://koreandogs.org/busan-dog-slaughterhouse-on-busan-northern-district-land/ in Korean, http://news20.busan.com/controller/newsController.jsp?newsId=20131209000115#none 구청 소유 부지에서 20년째 개 도살 동물학대방지연합 "시설 철거" 주장)

It’s time to shut this “Hell Hole” down! The fact that this illegal, criminal activity has been going on for so long doesn’t make it right. With the cages and cages full of dogs, waiting outside this place during the summer's peak dog meat season, it is also suspected that the mass killing, documented undercover in this video from Seongnam Moran Market, has taken place here: http://youtu.be/UKSGgsjnJlY

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 livestock that can be processed as food, which makes dog- meat technically "illegal"!

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses can only slaughter animals that they are registered to handle. And these slaughterhouses are not registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

Next, below are just few of many violations of Animal Protection Law by the dog slaughterhouses in Gupo 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, 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 excrements, livestock wastewater, 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).

It's time the Korean government stop turning a blind eye to this illegal and cruel industry and start enforcing the Animal Protection Law. It's time that your government stop making excuses about a so-called "Legal Blind-Spot" and stop pointing fingers at each other about the problem. It's time you enact and enforce a clear law to ban this brutal killing and madness once and for all!

In the Korean adage, "So Tam Dae Shil (소탐대실小貪大失 )" means "you can suffer a big loss in going after a small gain". We urge the South Korean government to realize that there is a much "bigger loss" at stake while you are insisting on the "small gain" of another choice of meat. It is time that you, as the South Korean government, show the world that you are not void of compassion and a conscience and that you take your Animal Protection Law seriously! We will boycott all South Korean products and tourism until this shameful and illegal atrocity of the dog meat trade finally comes to an end!!

Busan Metropolitan City http://english.busan.go.kr/00main/main.jsp
Nam-Sik Hur, Mayor of Busan http://english.busan.go.kr/02government/01_02.jsp
Busan Northern District Government http://www.bsbukgu.go.kr/
Jae-Gwan Hwang, Busan Northern District Government Mayor http://www.bsbukgu.go.kr/english/
webmaster@bsbukgu.kr