Petitioning Ministry of Justice Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관 and 39 others

Seoul, South Korea! Enforce the Ban on Despicable Dog Meat Trade-Close down Illegal Dog Slaughterhouses & Restaurants in Gyeongdong Market!

In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, POSCO,... (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2012/countries/SouthKorea.html), 2 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 "Gyeongdong Market" in Seoul Metropolitan City(http://english.seoul.go.kr/?SSid=101_01). If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Gyeongdong Market (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tplMHTQjzpU). This place is a "Hell on Earth" with innocent 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. Thousands of dogs tortured all their lives in unimaginable misery and agony in dog farms around the country meet their tragic ends at this market. Also, many abandoned former pets end up in this market as meat giving shame to the human race. Based on a recent news article (South Korea’s dog meat clash http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/542514.html, 도살장 뜰장에 개들이 구겨넣어지는 까닭은? 전국 식용견 500만마리? 문화상대주의에 도전하는 생명권 http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/society/environment/542500.html), there are 8 slaughterhouses around Cheongnyangri residential area near Gyeongdong market alone. Seoul Metropolitan City is indeed a "Heartless, Lawless World(무법천지 無法天地)"!

What is shocking is that all these unspeakable cruelties are illegal, even by the South Korea's weak Animal Protection Law and various other laws governing their country. Yet why are the laws consistently flouted? Shameful indifference by the Seoul Metropolitan City, the South Korean government and the majority of their citizens who do not care about these animals or indeed any livestock (having buried alive over 8 million creatures in 2011 during the Foot and Mouth Crisis (http://youtu.be/W62g6L9bHfQ). That is the reason why this illegal and gruesome industry is still thriving in this otherwise modern and industrialized nation. That and greed, not cultural difference or historical reasons. Brave and dedicated animal rights activists in South Korea have been campaigning to ban this illicit industry for many years without much success because they are a small minority compared to the total population.

Seoul Metropolitan City Official Announcement No.94 (2/21/1984) bans the sale of dog meat as "repugnant food" but there is absolutely no enforcement (http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/%EC%84%9C%EC%9A%B8%ED%8A%B9%EB%B3%84%EC%8B%9C-%EA%B3%A0%EC%8B%9C-%EC%A0%9C94%ED%98%B8-Seoul-Metropolitan-City-Official-Announcement-No.94.png).

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 a livestock that can be processed as food which makes dog meat technically illegal.

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses must slaughter animals 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 Gyeongdong 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).

Also, routinely water is injected into the dog's blood vessels using a high pressure water hose to inflate their weight. See the photos: http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=412&aid=0000000171
Evidence of violations are overwhelming and clearly documented. Below are few of many videos available that proves these violations:
Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 3 http://youtu.be/_JPYK3yTqWY
Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 4 http://youtu.be/hXe3GV0GOB4
Cruelty during transport http://youtu.be/MJ1Z4ZT1Sv8
South Korea's Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry - "Two faces of Traditional Markets" http://youtu.be/LHn8IDRdprE
S. Korea's Dog Meat Trade: Eating sick dogs and former pet dogs http://youtu.be/A3WNJFd1Cl0

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 Seoul Metropolitan City and the South Korean government stop turning a blind eye on this illegal and cruel industry and enforce their law. It's time they stop making excuses about "Legal Blind Spot" and pointing fingers at each other for the problem. It's time they enact and enforce a clear law to ban this brutal killing and abuse once and for all.

In 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 Seoul Metropolitan City and the South Korea to realize that there is much bigger loss at stake while they are insisting on a small gain of another choice of meat. It is time that South Korea show the world that they are not devoid of compassion and conscience and that they take their Animal Protection Law seriously. We, the people of the world, will boycott all South Korean products and tourism until this shameful atrocity of dog meat trade finally comes to an end.

Letter to
Ministry of Justice Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Seong-Bum Shin 신성범 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Jae-Won Kim 김재원 의원
and 37 others
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Young-Rok Kim 김영록 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Mr. Kyu-Seong Choi 최규성 의원
Seoul Convention Bureau 서울 컨벤션뷰로 Seoul Convention Bureau 서울 컨벤션뷰로
Director of Korean Culture and Information Service Mr. Jin-Yung Woo 해외문화홍보원 우진영 원장
Vice Speakers of the National Assembly of S. Korea Byeong-Seug Park 박병석 대한민국 국회부의장
Vice Speakers of the National Assembly of S. Korea Mr. Byung-Suk Lee 이병석 대한민국 국회부의장
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Myung-Hee Yoon 윤명희 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Wan-Gu Lee 이완구 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Moon-Pyo Hong 홍문표 의원 (Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly)
Presidential Council on Nation Branding Chairperson Sam-Yeol (Samuel) Koo 국가브랜드위원회 구삼열 위원장 (Presidential Council on Nation Branding)
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Choon-Jin Kim 김춘진 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Woo-Nam Kim 김우남 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Seung-Nam Kim 김승남 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Tae-Gyeong Ha 하태경 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly Yoon-Seok Jang 장윤석 의원
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly In-Jae Lee 이인제 의원
Speaker of the National Assembly of S. Korea Mr. Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in United Kingdom Ambassador Sung-Nam Lim 주영국 한국대사관 임성남 대사
Leader of the Saenuri Party of S. Korea Mr. Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표
Prime Minister's Office of Republic of Korea Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리
Minister of Korea Food And Drug Safety Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장
Office of the president, the Republic of Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관
Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office Prosecutor General Han Sang Dae 검찰총장 한상대
Ministry of Environment Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관
Leader of the Democratic Party of S. Korea Mr. Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표
Leader of Democratic Party (Opposition Party) of S. Korea Mr. Jae-In Moon 민주당 문재인 국회의원
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn 주미 한국대사관 안호영 대사
Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-Soo 경기도 김문수 도지사
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon 국제 연합 반기문 사무총장
Seoul Metropolitan City Mayor Park Won Soon 서울특별시 박원순 시장
Vice Minister of Health & Welfare Vice Minister Young-Chan Lee 보건 복지부 이영찬 차관
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림축산식품부 이동필 장관
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Mr. Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관
CEO of Korea Tourism Organization CEO Cham Lee 한국관광공사 이 참 사장
Minister of Government Legislation Minister Jeong-Boo Je 법제처 제정부 처장 (Minister of Government Legislation)
Seoul, South Korea! Enforce the Ban on Despicable Dog Meat Trade-Close down Illegal Dog Slaughterhouses & Restaurants in Gyeongdong Market!

In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, POSCO,... (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2012/countries/SouthKorea.html), 2 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 "Gyeongdong Market" in Seoul Metropolitan City(http://english.seoul.go.kr/?SSid=101_01). If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Gyeongdong Market (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tplMHTQjzpU). This place is a "Hell on Earth" with innocent 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. Thousands of dogs tortured all their lives in unimaginable misery and agony in dog farms around the country meet their tragic ends at this market. Also, many abandoned former pets end up in this market as meat giving shame to the human race. Based on a recent news article (South Korea’s dog meat clash http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/542514.html, 도살장 뜰장에 개들이 구겨넣어지는 까닭은? 전국 식용견 500만마리? 문화상대주의에 도전하는 생명권 http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/society/environment/542500.html), there are 8 slaughterhouses around Cheongnyangri residential area near Gyeongdong market alone. Seoul Metropolitan City is indeed a "Heartless, Lawless World(무법천지 無法天地)"!

What is shocking is that all these unspeakable cruelties are illegal, even by the South Korea's weak Animal Protection Law and various other laws governing their country. Yet why are the laws consistently flouted? Shameful indifference by the Seoul Metropolitan City, the South Korean government and the majority of their citizens who do not care about these animals or indeed any livestock (having buried alive over 8 million creatures in 2011 during the Foot and Mouth Crisis (http://youtu.be/W62g6L9bHfQ). That is the reason why this illegal and gruesome industry is still thriving in this otherwise modern and industrialized nation. That and greed, not cultural difference or historical reasons. Brave and dedicated animal rights activists in South Korea have been campaigning to ban this illicit industry for many years without much success because they are a small minority compared to the total population.

Seoul Metropolitan City Official Announcement No.94 (2/21/1984) bans the sale of dog meat as "repugnant food" but there is absolutely no enforcement(http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/%EC%84%9C%EC%9A%B8%ED%8A%B9%EB%B3%84%EC%8B%9C-%EA%B3%A0%EC%8B%9C-%EC%A0%9C94%ED%98%B8-Seoul-Metropolitan-City-Official-Announcement-No.94.png).

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 a livestock that can be processed as food which makes dog meat technically illegal.

According to the Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses must slaughter animals 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 Gyeongdong 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).
Also, routinely water is injected into the dog's blood vessels using a high pressure water hose to inflate their weight. See the photos: http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=412&aid=0000000171

Evidence of violations are overwhelming and clearly documented. Below are few of many videos available that proves these violations:
Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 3 http://youtu.be/_JPYK3yTqWY
Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 4 http://youtu.be/hXe3GV0GOB4
Cruelty during transport http://youtu.be/MJ1Z4ZT1Sv8
South Korea's Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry - "Two faces of Traditional Markets" http://youtu.be/LHn8IDRdprE
S. Korea's Dog Meat Trade: Eating sick dogs and former pet dogs http://youtu.be/A3WNJFd1Cl0

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 Seoul Metropolitan City and the South Korean government stop turning a blind eye on this illegal and cruel industry and enforce their law. It's time they stop making excuses about "Legal Blind Spot" and pointing fingers at each other for the problem. It's time they enact and enforce a clear law to ban this brutal killing and abuse once and for all.

In 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 Seoul Metropolitan City and the South Korea to realize that there is much bigger loss at stake while they are insisting on a small gain of another choice of meat. It is time that South Korea show the world that they are not devoid of compassion and conscience and that they take their Animal Protection Law seriously. We, the people of the world, will boycott all South Korean products and tourism until this shameful atrocity of dog meat trade finally comes to an end.