Korea Set To Legalize Dog/Cat Consumption
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The Ministry of Environment plans to categorize dogs as livestock to
regulate the sanitation practices of large-scale dog breeders. There are
about 720,000 dog farms, raising some 2.3 million dogs as of Dec. 2005.
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Korean President Mr. Lee Myung-bak
1 Cheongwadae-ro; Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
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Ministry of Culture, Sports And Tourism Republic of Korea
110-703, 42,Sejongno, Jongno-gu; Seoul, Korea
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Ministry of Environment
Government Complex Gwacheon 1 Joongang-dong
Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 427-729 Korea
Seoul Regional Food Surveillance Division
US KOREAN EMBASSY
His Excellency Mr. Lee Tae-sik
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA
2450 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.; Washington DC 20008
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UK KOREAN EMBASSY
His Excellency Mr. Chun Yung-woo
South Korean Embassy in the UK
60 Buckingham Gate; London, SW1E 6AJ
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Honorable Officials of the Republic of Korea:
I respectfully ask the Korean government to not amend the Animal Protection
Law of 1991 to classify some dog breeds as livestock and others as
The distinction between “pet animals” and food-source animals merely allows
the consumptive use of certain dogs and cats. Those bred as family
companions are protected, while other dogs and cats — if purposefully
raised for food or medicine — are not.
This draft law undoes humane policies established in 1991. In fact, it
allows any animal abuser to bypass punishment by simply claiming the abused
dog or cat was intended for meat or medicine.
This law turns a blind eye on the cruelty inherent in the dog/cat
consumption trade: Prolonged beatings, dismemberment, hangings, live
boiling, and more brutal “customs” thought to enhance flavor and potency.
Moreover, if Korea enacts this amendment, it becomes the only nation to
openly permit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human ingestion. I urge
Korean officials to cease all efforts to legalize this vile trade. Taiwan,
Thailand and the Philippines have banned dog meat. Most Koreans do not
consume dogs and cats. Why does Korea continue to sacrifice its integrity
and global image to appease a minority interest?
Please enforce animal protection laws that afford ALL dogs and cats immunity
under “pet animals.” Please explicitly outlaw the killing of any of these
animals for food or medicine.
THE HYPOCRISY OF SAVING DOGS WHILE EATING PIGS?
Kinship Circle recognizes that some feel it’s hypocritical to protest the
consumptive use of dogs and cats while other sentient creatures live in
wretched conditions and die horribly under the knife. Please note that we
regularly posts action campaigns on animals typically farmed for food, with
an entire section of our Letter Library devoted to animal agriculture:
We have addressed the “hypocrisy” in an article that ran as The Animals
Voice cover story: One Country’s Companion Is Another’s Cuisine
We do not support the consumptive use of ANY animal, including dogs, cats,
horses, chickens, pigs, cows, fishes, turkeys, ducks, etc.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Dog Farms Under Sanitation Rules
South Korea Legislation Amendment
Ban Legalisation of Dogmeat Trade in South Korea
Korea Animal Protection Society
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