Petitioning Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Deputy Prime Minister Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관 and 38 others

Busan Gijang Police: Proper investigation and prosecution of psychopath who killed countless dogs by sledgehammer blow to the neck and blowtorching in Busan Gijang, South Korea


Busan Gijang Police in South Korea thinks that killing dogs by sledgehammer blow to the neck is "NOT CRUEL" and they are not motivated to prosecute this perpetrator who has taken the countless lives of tormented and abused dogs in this brutal way.  Below is a translation of posting by Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Busan KAPCA) about their recent raid of this "Hell Hole".   You can see the photos here:  http://koreandogs.org/busan-gijanggun-sledge-hammer-blow-not-cruel-english/

This is a translation of the November 5th, 2013 posting on Busan KAPCA(Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)’s website: Busan Gijang: Sledgehammer blow to the neck not cruel?

We received a tip about a dog farm located near an apartment complex from one of our members in Gijang-gun in Busan, so we visited this place with a representative from the Gijang district office.

Inside there were raised dog cages and a slaughterhouse. In addition, there was evidence of slaughter as pots used to boil dog meat to make dog elixirs and the finished products were seen.

After hearing from the local residents that dog slaughter takes place around 4 or 5am, our team leader staked out the location. When the lights came on, he called the police and conducted the raid.

At the scene, there were dead bodies of dogs that were just slaughtered and blowtorched… There was blood all over the floor. The perpetrator admitted that he just killed that dog by taking a sledgehammer to its neck.

At first, after his admission, we requested that the perpetrator be prosecuted for the violation of Animal Protection Act. However, the police contacted us the next day and told us that they are not sure if there was a clear-cut violation of this law and that prosecution would be difficult.

The Animal Protection Act includes the following provisions:

Article 8 (Prohibition of Cruelty to Animals, etc.) (Amended 3/23/2013, 4/5/2013)
(1) No person shall commit any of the following offenses against an animal:
1. Killing an animal by hanging it by the neck or by applying any other cruel method;
2. Killing an animal on the street or any other place open to the public or killing an animal with any other animal of the same species present at the scene;

3. The deliberate act of not feeding food or water to the animals causing the death of these animals.

4. Killing an animal without a justifiable ground specified by Ordinance of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, such as necessity for veterinary treatment and harm or damage caused by an animal to human life, body or property.
(2) No person shall engage in any of the following cruelty to an animal:
1. Inflicting an injury upon an animal with a tool or drug: Provided, That the cases specified by Ordinance of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, such as the prevention or treatment of a disease, shall be excluded herefrom;
2. Hurting the body of a live animal, collecting body fluid from a live animal, or installing a device for collecting body fluid from a live animal: Provided, That the cases specified by Ordinance of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, such as the curing of a disease and animal experimentation, shall be excluded herefrom;
3. Inflicting an injury upon an animal for the purpose of gambling, advertising, amusement, or entertainment: Provided, That the cases specified by Ordinance of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, such as folk games, shall be excluded herefrom;
4. Inflicting an injury upon an animal for any other purpose without a justifiable ground specified by Ordinance of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, such as necessity for veterinary treatment and harm or damage caused by an animal to human life, body or property.
(3) No person shall commit any of the following offenses against an animal specified in Article 14 (1) 1 or 2:
1. Catching and selling or killing such animal;
2. Knowingly acting as a broker for purchasing, or directly purchasing, an animal protected under Article 14 (1).
(4) No owner or keeper of an animal shall abandon the animal.
(5) No one shall sell, exhibit, forward, show or post on the internet, video footages of acts described in the Article 8 (1) through (3). However, the cases specified by the Ordinance of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, such as promotional activities for the clearly indicated purpose of enhancing animal protection awareness shall be excluded from here.  (Enacted 8/13/2013) [Effective 2/14/2014]

However, the police are saying that the act of killing by a sledgehammer blow to the neck and blowtorching does not qualify as a “cruel method” in the provisions of Article 8, (1) 1 and therefore it is difficult to apply this law.

The police are saying that it’s a good way to kill with minimum suffering, and therefore they decided that this way of killing is not cruel.
Then what is a cruel method? How should they be killed in order for it to be considered a cruel method?
Please write to the Busan Gijang Police and request a proper and thorough investigation of this case.
We must not just sit and watch this animal abuser set free.

If we don’t take action, nothing will change. 

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Letter to
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Deputy Prime Minister Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Woo-Nam Kim 민주당 김우남 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Choon-Jin Kim 민주당 김춘진 의원
and 36 others
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Ju-Hong Hwang 민주당 황주홍 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Sun-Dong Kim 통합진보당 김선동 의원
National Assembly of South Korea Assemblywoman Jeong-Lim Moon 새누리당 문정림 의원실
National Assembly of South Korea Assemblywoman Sang-Jeong Sim 정의당 심상정 의원실
National Assembly of South Korea Assemblywoman Sun-Mi Jin 민주당 진선미 의원실
National Assembly of South Korea Assemblywoman Myung-Sook Han 민주당 한명숙 의원실
Leader of Democratic Party (Opposition Party) of S. Korea Assemblyman Jae-In Moon 민주당 문재인 국회의원
Secretary General of United Nations UN Secretary General Ki-Moon Ban 국제 연합 반기문 사무총장
Leader of the Saenuri Party of S. Korea Assemblyman Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표
Leader of the Democratic Party of S. Korea Assemblyman Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표
Minister of Environment Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관
Busan Gijang Police Gijang Police Chief Ryu Hae Guk 부산 기장 경찰서 이동환서장님
Busan High Prosecutor's Office Director Kyung-Soo Kim 부산 고등 검찰청 김경수 검사장님 (Busan High Prosecutor's Office)
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Moon-Pyo Hong 새누리당 홍문표 의원 (Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly)
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Seung-Nam Kim 민주당 김승남 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Tae-Gyeong Ha 새누리당 하태경 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Yoon-Seok Jang 새누리당 장윤석 의원
Minister of Justice Minister Jae-Jin Kwon 법무부 권재진 장관
Minister of Korea Food And Drug Safety Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
Prime Minister of S. Korea Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리
Office of the President, South Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림축산식품부 이동필 장관
Vice Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Vice Minister In-Hong Yeo 농림축산식품부 여인홍 차관
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관
Minister of Health & Welfare Vice Minister Young-Chan Lee 보건 복지부 이영찬 차관
Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City(Home of the Gupo Dog Meat Market) Mayor Nam-Sik Hur 경상남도 부산광역시 허남식 시장
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Kyu-Seong Choi 민주통합당 최규성 의원-위원장
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Young-Rok Kim 민주당 김영록 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Jae-Won Kim 새누리당 김재원 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Seong-Bum Shin 새누리당 신성범 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Myung-Hee Yoon 새누리당 윤명희 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Wan-Gu Lee 새누리당 이완구 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Un-Rong Lee 새누리당 이운룡 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman In-Jae Lee 새누리당 이인제 의원
Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly Assemblyman Ki-Un Bae 민주당 배기운 의원 (Agricultural and Livestock Committee of National Assembly)
Proper investigation and prosecution of psychopath who killed countless dogs by sledge hammer blow to the neck and blowtorching in Busan Gijang, South Korea

Dear Gijang Police Chief Dong-Hwan Lee and Busan High Prosecutor's Office Director Kyung-Soo Kim,

Killing dogs by sledge hammer blow to the neck and blowtorching is a clear violation of the South Korea's Animal Protection Act, Article 8 (1) 1 defined as below:
Article 8. Prohibition of Cruelty to Animals, etc. (Amended 3/23/2013, 4/5/2013)
(1) No person shall commit any of the following offenses against an animal:
1. Killing an animal by hanging it by the neck or by applying any other cruel method;
Your response to the Busan KAPCA's request for a proper investigation and prosecution of the perpetrator is that this killing method is not cruel. If this is not cruel, what is? Please conduct a thorough, speedy and proper investigation of this appalling case and prosecute this psychopath as quickly as possible. Please show the world that South Korea is not lawless and that enforcement of your law is taken seriously.

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

수많은 개들의 목을 망치로 내려치고 가스불로 지져서 잔인하게 죽인 부산 기장군 동물학대자에 대한 적절한 수사와 기소를 요청합니다!

부산 기장경찰서이동환 서장님과 부산 고등 검찰청 김경수 검사장님께,

아래의 대한민국 동물보호법 제8조 1항 1호(2013년 3월 23일, 4월 5일 개정)에 의거하면 망치로 개의 목을 치고 불로 그을려 개를 잔인하게 도살하는 행위는 명백한 동물보호법 위반입니다.

제8조(동물학대 등의 금지) ① 누구든지 동물에 대하여 다음 각 호의 행위를 하여서는 아니 된다.
1. 목을 매다는 등의 잔인한 방법으로 죽이는 행위

그럼에도 불구하고 부산동물학대방지연합이 적절한 수사와 기소를 요청했을 때 기장경찰서의 입장은 ‘망치로 목을 치고 불로 그을려 개를 죽이는 행위는 잔인하지 않다’는 것이었습니다.
이것이 잔인하지 않다면 도대체 어떤 방법이 잔인한 것인가요?

무혐의 판결은 말도 안됩니다. 이처럼 억울한 판결은 이 잔인한 동물 학대를 계속하도록 한국정부가 허가 내주는 것과 같으며 한국의 이미지에 큰 손상이 될것입니다.

이 끔찍한 사건에 대한 철저하고 신속하고 합당한 수사를 통하여 이 정신이상자나 다름없는 동물학대자를 하루 속히 기소해주실 것을 간절히 부탁드립니다.

한국이 무법지대가 아니라 법의 집행을 중요하게 여긴다는 것을 저희 세계인들에게도 보여주시기 바랍니다.
감사합니다.

"한 국가의 위대함과 도덕성은 그 나라의 동물들이 어떻게 대우받고 있는지를 보면 알 수 있다.” ~마하트마 간디