Tell Sister City, Busan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Mayor Denis Coderre of Montréal(Canada).

Tell Sister City, Busan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Busan became sister city with Los Angeles in 1967, Chicago in 2007, and Montréal(Canada)in 2000. Yet Busan, South Korea is responsible for the horrendous dog and cat meat trade.

In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, POSCO,…, an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry. And one of the largest markets in South Korea that sells dogs dead and alive for meat is the infamous “Gupo Market” in Busan Metropolitan City. If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Gupo Dog Meat Market.

This place is a “Hell on Earth” with defenseless man’s best friends in cages after cages waiting for the heartless customers to order them to be slaughtered on the spot by electrocution, hanging, beating,…and thrown into boiling water sometimes while they are still alive. Dogs are being killed in full view of other dogs terrified in cages, in public and in broad daylight.

The Gupo Dog Meat Market is also within the boundary of the “School Environment, Hygiene, Cleanup Zone” specified in the School Health Act as evidenced by the Busan News article and therefore is in violation of School Health Act. (http://koreandogs.org/dispute-over-the-gupo-livestock-markets-violation-of-the-school-health-act/)

The officials in the Busan Bukgu District clearly chose to ignore provisions of the School Health Act and are disregarding the health of the children attending the Dugchun Elementary School and are putting those children at risk. Please imagine letting your children attend school hearing the screaming of the meat dogs and seeing them writhe in agony, being brutally slaughtered right in front of their young eyes. It will either traumatize these children for life or make them immune to the suffering of animals, turning them into the next generation of animal abusers.

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea:  Shocking Cruelty of South Korean Dog Meat Industry
Part 1 of 2: https://youtu.be/_ZVQjgGb4RQ
Part 2 of 2: https://youtu.be/ivHffcM5B6w

Please inform Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don that citizens of Los Angeles, Chicago and Montréal (Canada) and their friends insist that they issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced:

Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of the Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

The act of the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of the slaughtering of a dog, without justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation.

The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning; this can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely.

Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption.

Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537 https://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/

The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401

We believe these demands are in line with the goal of sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health.

International and Korean media coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Busan, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your city’s sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested. Thank you for taking swift action!

PS:  Click here to find more ways to contact the Mayors of Los Angeles, Chicago and Montréal(Canada).  http://koreandogs.org/contact-mayors-of-busan-sister-cities/ It's very quick and simple. 

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