Dismiss SNU's Prof Lee Byeong-Chun for cruel experiments on retired cloned detection dogs

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[Update: November 27, 2017] Veterinary professor accused of animal abuse, case sent to prosecution

The Korea Herald reported on November 27, "An animal abuse case against a renowned veterinary professor based at Seoul National University, who allegedly conducted illegal experiments on a cloned dog, has been sent to the prosecution.  The Seoul Gwanak Police Station said Tuesday that it had referred Lee Byeong-chun’s case to the prosecution, recommending that he be charged with violating the Animal Protection Act. The animal keeper at Lee’s lab and an owner of a dog farm, suspected of providing Lee with dogs for experiments, were also referred to the prosecution.

In April, the Beagle Rescue Network filed a complaint with the prosecution, alleging that Lee had abused a retired sniffer dog named Mei by conducting unethical experiments that violated basic rules of conduct in animal testing. The group accused the researcher of intentionally starving Mei and depriving her of water, leading to her death.

Mei was handed over to Lee’s laboratory in March 2018 after retiring from Incheon International Airport, where she had worked for five years. She was returned to the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency last November, but died three months later."  Click here to learn more: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20191126000804

 

Professor Lee Byeong-Chun at the Seoul National University (College of Veterinary Medicine), hides behind his researcher's mask, must be removed from his position, and the government agency who funded Lee Byeong-Chun to do research on companion animals needs to take responsibility! The business of cloning dogs must be stopped immediately.

Click HERE for more actions you can take: http://koreandogs.org/snu-cruelty/

This is translation of post from Korea Animal Rights Advocates(KARA) on April 16, 2019.

Click the below news to learn more:
1. Animal rights groups call for ouster of professor for alleged animal abuse
https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/04/181_267711.html
2. [단독] “아사 직전에 코피까지”…서울대의 수상한 동물실험
https://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=056&aid=0010691648
3. [단독] “정기 점검 피하려 숨겼다”…서울대 윤리위 조사 착수
https://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=056&aid=0010691650

Retired cloned dog, May, so starved that his ribs and bones are protruding, unable to stand upright properly, nose bleeding and with strangely enlarged genitalia.

Although retired working dogs are prohibited from being used for animal testing purposes, Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine professor Lee Byeong-Chun used retired quarantine detection (sniffer) dogs for animal testing.

Dongyi, another dog being used for research, is forced to constantly run on a treadmill to track changes in heart rate. When the research experiment is over, Dongyi will be put to use as a sniffer dog again without any rest.  Dongyi has experienced rolled-back eyes and seizures, and a veterinarian has stated that this is likely due to high stress. Dongyi is only holding up with the help of drugs.

These gruesome images were reported on a KBS broadcast on April 15, 2019, which shocked the public.

These cruel acts were all committed by Professor Lee Byeong-Chun. Back in 2017, KARA had already raised public awareness against Lee Byeong-Chun for illegally using dog meat farm dogs for his unethical research, and had filed a lawsuit against the governmental organization Rural Development Administration for commissioning Lee Byeong-Chun to clone working dogs. The lawsuit against the Rural Development Administration is still in progress.

Lee Byeong-Chun took female dogs from dog meat farms in dismal conditions and collected their eggs, which he artificially fertilized and implanted into surrogate dogs to obtain his cloned dogs. The dogs that were taken by Lee Byeong-Chun were all returned to dog meat farms where they were brutally slaughtered.

Now it has been reported that these cloned dogs, that have spent many years in service for humans were subjected to cruel animal testing after their retirement by Lee Byeong-Chun. From dog meat farm dog egg collection to animal testing on retired working dogs - where is the end of the unethical behavior of Professor Lee Byeong-Chun?

The bigger issue is that despite several blatant acts of animal abuse, Lee Byeong-Chun is still permitted to continue his research. Even though he has violated the law and has committed cruel cloning experiments using dog meat farm dogs, Lee Byeong-Chun is currently the research director for the Center for Companion Animal Research, which the Rural Development Administration has committed 22 billion Korean won of taxpayers' money to develop core technology for the vitalization of the companion animal industry. That is even after the cruel egg collection incident was revealed to the public.

The Rural Development Administration employs the most people with master's and doctorate degrees among all of Korea's national agencies, has an enormous research budget and exercises great power and authority. In 2018, in response to KARA's demand for the dismissal of professor Lee Byeong-Chun, the Rural Development Administration stated "There is no decisive reason for his dismissal and he was chosen competitively."

Lee Byeong-Chun, who hides behind his researcher's mask, must immediately be removed from his position, and the government agency who granted Lee Byeong-Chun with government funds and the authority to do research on companion animals needs to wake up and face the truth. The business of cloning dogs must be stopped!

KARA would like you to join us in saving abused animals in labs and stopping unethical animal testing by signing this petition.

Only your awareness and compassion can save these animals from this suffering.

▶ Unethical Lee Byeong-Chun must step down from all of his positions and stop his cruel dog cloning business!

▶ Seoul National University must take responsibility for Lee Byeong-Chun's ongoing abuse of lab animals and immediately dismiss Lee Byeong-Chun!

▶ The government must disclose information on the dog cloning business and the Rural Development Administration must remove Lee Byeong-Chun as the head of the Center for Companion Animal Research!

Petition: https://bit.ly/2V2Bxi6

Official Korean Government Petition:  https://www1.president.go.kr/petitions/579585

연구자 탈을 쓴 동물학대 이병천을 해임하고, 자격없는 이병천에게 국비주고 반려동물 연구 맡긴 정부기관은 책임져라!

아사 직전의 뼈만 남은 상태로 코피를 흘리며 제대로 서지도 못하고 생식기만 기이하게 커져있는 은퇴 복제견 '메이'. 국가 사역견은 은퇴 후 동물 실험이 금지 되어 있지만, 서울대 이병천은 은퇴한 검역 탐지견을 동물실험에 이용하였습니다.비슷한 처지의 '동이'는 심장 박동수 변화를 측정하기 위해 강제로 끊임 없이 러닝머신을 달려야 합니다. 실험이 끝나면 휴식도 없이 다시 검역탐지 임무에 투입됩니다. '동이'는 눈이 뒤집혀 발작을 하기도 했으며 스트레스일 가능성이 높다는 수의사의 소견이 있었습니다. 마약 성분 약으로 하루하루 버티고 있습니다.

모두를 충격에 빠트린 2019년 4월 15일 KBS 방송에 보도된 비글들의 처참한 모습입니다.

이번에도 서울대 이병천 교수입니다. 이미 동물권행동 카라(KARA)는 2017년 식용 개농장 개들을 불법 이용하고 있는 이병천의 비윤리적 동물실험에 대해 문제를 제기하며, 이병천에게 특수목적견 복제사업을 맡긴 농진청을 상대로 정보공개청구 소송을 해오고 있으며 정보를 숨기고 있는 농진청에 대하여 소송은 지금도 진행되고 있습니다. 이병천은 복제견을 생산하기 위해 비참한 개농장의 암컷 개들을 데려와 난자를 채취하고 대리모견에게 인공수정으로 임신시켜 복제견을 얻은 후 이 개들을 모두 개농장으로 돌려보내 도살되게 했던 장본인입니다. 그런 이병천이 이번엔 복제로 태어나 오랜 세월 인간을 위해 사역한 비글을 대상으로도 동물학대 실험을 자행하고 있다는 보도였습니다. 개농장 개 난자채취부터 은퇴 복제견을 대상으로 한 동물실험까지 서울대 이병천 교수의 비윤리적 행태의 끝은 어디일까요?

더욱 큰 문제는 수차례 동물학대에도 불구한 이병천의 연명입니다. 법을 어기고 개농장 개들을 이용해 잔인한 복제실험을 해 온 이병천이 현재 220억원의 혈세가 투입되는, 농진청의 반려동물산업 활성화 핵심기반기술개발 연구사업의 연구단장이라는 사실을 아시나요? 그것도 난자 채취 사건이 세상에 드러난 이후에 말입니다. 농촌진흥청은 우리나라 국가기관중 가장 많은 석박사를 보유하고 막대한 연구 예산을 집행하는 등 막강한 권한을 가지고 있습니다. 농진청은 2018년 이병천 교수의 해임을 요구하는 카라에게 “결정적 해임 사유가 없고 경쟁에 의해 선정되었다”고 말한 바 있습니다.

연구자 탈을 쓴 동물학대 이병천은 즉시 물러나야 하며, 자격없는 이병천에게 국비를 주고 반려동물 연구라는 중책을 맡긴 정부기관도 각성해야 합니다. 복제견 사업은 중단되어야 합니다. 동물실험실에서 학대받는 동물들을 살리고, 비윤리적 실험을 중단시킬 수 있도록 서명에 동참해 주시고 카라와 함께해 주시기를 부탁드립니다.

▶ 윤리상실 이병천은 모든 자리 내려놓고 동물학대 복제견 사업 중단하라!

▶ 서울대는 계속되고 있는 이병천의 실험동물 학대사건들 책임지고 이병천을 즉시 해임하라!

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