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

Mayor Kirk Caldwell of Honolulu, Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco and Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington DC.

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

Seoul became sister city with Honolulu in 1973, San Francisco in 1976, and Washington DC in 2006. Yet Seoul, 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 – 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 “Gyeongdong Market” in Seoul Metropolitan City. If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Gyeongdong Market. 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), there are 8 slaughterhouses around Cheongnyangri residential area near Gyeongdong market alone. There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored. Seoul Metropolitan City is indeed a “Heartless, Lawless World”!

Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea:  http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q ;

Please inform Mayor Won-Soon Park that citizens of Honolulu, San Francisco and Washington DC and their friends insist that they issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced:

Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, Article 2, Item 1 which governs the raising, slaughter and disposal of livestock and the processing, distribution and inspection of livestock products, does not categorize dogs as livestock that can be processed as food.  Therefore this makes the dog meat industry technically illegal. 

Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1, Korean Food Standards Codex specified by the Food and Drug Administration, does not include dogs in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food, therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal.

Animal Protection Act:

ARTICLE 3. BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS

Each person shall endeavor to observe the following principles in raising, caring for, or protecting an animal:

1. Each person shall ensure that an animal maintains its natural behavior and original physical shape to live an ordinary life;

2. Each person shall ensure that an animal does not suffer from thirst, hunger, or malnutrition;

Each person shall ensure that an animal is free to express normal behavior without experiencing discomfort;

4. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from pain, injury, and disease;

5. Each person shall ensure that an animal is free from fear and distress.

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).

Ministry of Environment's Conservation of Water Quality and Ecosystem Act,  Article 15 Clause 1 Item 2 and Article 78 Item 3, the 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).

Livestock Safety Management Act, slaughterhouses are only authorized to slaughter animals they are registered to handle. No slaughterhouse is registered to slaughter dogs because dogs are not subject to slaughter under this law.

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 Seoul, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your city’s sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. Thank you for taking swift action.

PS:  Click here to find more ways to contact the Mayors of Honolulu, San Francisco and Washington DC.  http://koreandogs.org/contact-mayors-of-seoul-sister-cities/ It's very quick and simple.  

http://koreandogs.org/

This petition will be delivered to:
  • State Senator
    Muriel Bowser (State Senator)
  • Mayor of San Francisco
    Edwin Lee
  • City of Honolulu, Hawaii
    Mayor Kirk Caldwell
  • Seoul Metropolitan City, South Korea
    Mayor Won-Soon Park


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