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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

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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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