Korea-Reconsider your proposals to expand and incentivise the inhumane puppy mill industry

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To: Petitioning Office of the president, the Republic of Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령,

We urge you to take swift action and to radically change your Government’s plan to expand the puppy mill, pet auction and pet trade generally. At a time when most forward thinking countries are considering banning or heavily legislating and regulating against puppy mills and intensive ‘factory’ pet breeding practices, we find it unacceptable and shameful that South Korea is making an active decision to move backwards and not forwards with regard to this highly controversial issue.

Encouraging the puppy mill industry via financial incentives with regard to the opening of new mills or the upscaling of mill facilities goes against public opinion both in Korea and globally, is not in the public interest and showcases to the world that South Korea has a complete disregard to animal welfare. Growth in the pet sector in other world leading countries has come through expansion of the pet food and accessory and service trade and not through the use puppy mills which is a dying trade in the majority of forward thinking counties.

You should be aware of the horrific public and environmental health and animal welfare abuses going on in puppy mills across South Korea at this very moment. Below are just a few examples:

– In the demand for smaller and smaller popular ‘tea-cup’ versions of various dog breeds, practices such as premature C-section are commonplace in the industry and often carried out by unqualified puppy mill staff with no regard to both the mother or the puppies’ welfare and often carried out without anaesthetic.

– Intentional malnourishment is also common in a bid to produce smaller and smaller dogs. These ‘tea-cup’ dogs often suffer from horrific genetic defects alongside being exposed to the unsanitary conditions found in most puppy mills.

– The practises at these mills echo those of other intensive factory farming operations, with repeated cycles of insemination and no break for the mother dog, which goes against modern veterinary thinking and advice along with abysmal and inhumane conditions for the breeding animals, caged for life often living in their own filth, suffering from a number of chronic health issues.
o Is this what the average Korean consumer wants when purchasing a puppy? No!
o Is this information even disclosed to the end customer when purchasing their new puppy? No!
o Is this fair on the animal or on the consumer? No!

Supporting the intensive factory farming of dogs creates more opportunity for abuse, not less. In order for regulation to work it has to be actively policed, implemented by local law enforcement and supported through direct action and sentencing in the judicial system. South Korea’s record in this respect is appalling to say the least, so any suggestion that the current proposals will seek to address some of the animal welfare abuses taking place in the pet industry right now is misleading in the extreme.

Your Government through these latest proposals seeks to increase the dog population for short-term economic gains, doing nothing to address the ‘disposable’ culture when it comes to pet dog ownership, which will inevitably lead to an increase in the amount of dogs abandoned, ending up in already overstretched rescue centres or worse sold to dog meat traders. The even greater tragedy is that there are so many dogs and puppies that need homes right now, that have been rescued from the South Korean meat trade and yet there are no proposals on addressing this issue or indeed supporting those charities and NGO’s that work so hard to save and rehome these animals.

South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, but it is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the world’s most highly educated and major economic powers is ignoring its public, snubbing the latest veterinary and behavioural advice with regard to intensive breeding of pet dogs and seeking to solidify its embarrassing reputation when it comes to animal welfare and abuse.

We urge you to carefully rethink these latest proposals and ask that you introduce effective legislation and enforcement to ban the intensive farming of pet dogs via the puppy mill and auction industry. It is time for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove to the global community and to itself that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society.

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  • Secretary General of the United Nations
    Ban Ki-moon (Secretary General of the United Nations)
  • Governor of Chungcheongnamdo Province
    Hee-Jung An (Governor of Chungcheongnamdo Province)
  • GOVERNOR OF JEJU SPECIAL SELF-GOVERNING PROVINCE
    Hee-Ryong Won (GOVERNOR OF JEJU SPECIAL SELF-GOVERNING PROVINCE)
  • Governor of Jeollanamdo Province
    Nak-Yon Lee (Governor of Jeollanamdo Province)
  • Minister of Personnel Management
    Geun-Myeon Lee (Minister of Personnel Management)
  • Governor of Chungcheongbukdo Province
    Si-Jong Lee (Governor of Chungcheongbukdo Province)
  • Commissioner General of Korean National Police Agency
    Sin-Myeong Kang (Commissioner General of Korean National Police Agency)
  • MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND HOME AFFAIRS
    Jong-Sup Chong (MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND HOME AFFAIRS)
  • Minister of Environment
    Seong-Kyu Yun (Minister of Environment)
  • MINISTER OF LAND, INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT
    Ho-In Kang (MINISTER OF LAND, INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT)
  • Minister of Health & Welfare
    Chin-Youb Chung (Minister of Health & Welfare)
  • Minister of Oceans and Fisheries
    Ki-June Yoo (Minister of Oceans and Fisheries)
  • Governor of Gangwondo Province
    Moon-Soon Choi (Governor of Gangwondo Province)
  • President of South Korea
    President Geun-Hye Park
  • Leader of Democratic Party (Opposition Party) of South Korea
    Jae-In Moon
  • President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council(UN ECOSOC)
    Joon Oh
  • THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL(UN ECOSOC)
    THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL(UN ECOSOC)
  • Co-Founder of the People’s Party of Korea
    Cheol-Soo Ahn
  • Leader of the Saenuri Party of South Korea
    Moo-Sung Kim
  • Leader of the Minjoo Party of Korea
    Jong-In Kim
  • Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea
    Ui-Hwa Chung
  • Prime Minister of South Korea
    Kyo-Ahn Hwang
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance
    Kyung-Hwan Choi
  • MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
    Byung-Se Yun
  • VICE MINISTER OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
    Sung-Nam Lim
  • MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS
    Dong-Phil Lee
  • MINISTER OF KOREA FOOD AND DRUG SAFETY
    Seung Chung
  • Minister of Justice
    Hyun-Woong Kim
  • PRESIDENT OF KOREAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
    Jung-Haeng Kim
  • PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE PYEONGCHANG ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2018 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC WINTER GAM
    Hee-Beom Lee
  • SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE PYEONGCHANG ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2018 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC WINTER G
    Hyung-Koo Yeo
  • Minister of Korea Forest Service
    Won-Sop Shin
  • MINISTER OF CULTURE, SPORTS AND TOURISM
    Jong-Deok Kim
  • DIRECTOR OF KOREAN CULTURE AND INFORMATION SERVICE, ASSISTANT MINISTER OF CULTURE, SPORTS AND TOURIS
    Young-Guk Park
  • CEO of Korea Tourism Organization
    Chang-Soo Jeong
  • Minister of Government Legislation
    Jeong-Boo Je
  • MINISTER OF EDUCATION
    Woo-Yea Hwang
  • MINISTER OF SCIENCE, ICT AND FUTURE PLANNING
    Yang-Hee Choi
  • Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy
    Hyung-Hwan Joo
  • MINISTER OF GENDER EQUALITY AND FAMILY
    Eun-Hee Kang
  • Minister of National Defense
    Min-Koo Han
  • Minister of Unification
    Kihl-Jae Ryoo
  • MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR
    Ki-Kweon Lee
  • Chairperson of Presidential Council on Nation Branding
    Sam-Yeol(Samuel) Koo
  • Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Won-Soon Park
  • PRESIDENT OF KOREA TRADE-INVESTMENT PROMOTION AGENCY (KOTRA)
    Young-Ho Oh
  • Chairman & CEO of Korea International Trade Association
    In-Ho Kim
  • PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF SUPREME PUBLIC PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
    Soo-Nam Kim
  • Administrator of Cultural Heritage Administration
    Sun-Hwa Rha
  • Governor of Gyeonggido Province
    Kyung-Pil Nam
  • Mayor of Seongnam (Home of the largest dog market in the country, Moran Market)
    Jae-Myung Lee
  • Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City
    Jeong-Bok Yoo
  • Governor of Gyeongsangnamdo Province (Home of the Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market)
    Jun-Pyo Hong
  • MAYOR OF BUSAN METROPOLITAN CITY(HOME OF THE GUPO DOG MEAT MARKET)
    Byung-Soo Suh
  • Mayor of Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Gi-Hyeon Kim
  • Governor of Gyeongsangbukdo Province (Home of the Daegu Chilseong Dog Meat Market)
    Kwan-Yong Kim
  • Mayor of Daegu Metropolitan City(Home of the Chilseong Dog Meat Market)
    Young-Jin Kwon
  • Mayor of Daejeon Metropolitan City
    Sun-Taik Kwon
  • Mayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City
    Jang-Hyun Yoon
  • Governor of Jeollabukdo Province
    Ha-Jin Song
  • Mayor of Pyeongchang (Home of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics)
    Jae-Kook Sim
  • Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States of America
    Ho-Young Ahn
  • Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada
    Dae-Shik Jo
  • AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
    Joon-Kook Hwang
  • AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA TO AUSTRALIA
    Bong-Hyun Kim


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