Posted by: kinshipcircle | January 8, 2009

Korea Set to Legalize Dog / Cat Consumption

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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.
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/08/117_29358.html

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION.
Email block & sample letter follow.
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Korean President Mr. Lee Myung-bak
1 Cheongwadae-ro; Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
email: webmaster@president.go.kr, foreign@president.go.kr

Prime Minister Mr. Han Seung-soo
Central Government Complex, 55 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu
Seoul, Korea 110-760
email: webmaster@pmo.go.kr, M_opm@opm.go.kr, m-opm@opm.go.kr

Ministry of Culture, Sports And Tourism Republic of Korea
110-703, 42,Sejongno, Jongno-gu; Seoul, Korea
email: help@mct.go.kr, webmaster@www.mct.go.kr
web mail: http://www.mct.go.kr/english/contactus/contactus.jsp

Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Government Complex Gwacheon, Jungang-dong 1
Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
email: minister@maf.go.kr, wmaster@mifaff.go.kr, afec@assembly.go.kr

Ministry of Environment
Government Complex Gwacheon 1 Joongang-dong
Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 427-729 Korea
email: minister@me.go.kr

Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs
75 Yulgong-ro, Jongno-gu; Seoul, Korea 110-793
email: wmaster@mohw.go.kr

Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office
1730-1 Seocho3-dong, Seocho-gu; Seoul, South Korea 137-730
email: webmaster@sppo.go.kr, spoweb@sppo.go.kr

Korea Food And Drug Administration
194 Tongilro, Eunpyeong-gu; Seoul, 122-704, Republic of Korea
email: leeys@kfda.go.kr, m_kfda@kfda.go.kr

Seoul Regional Food Surveillance Division
email: fsb1234@kfda.go.kr

Mayor of Seoul Mr. Oh Se-hoon
Deoksugung-gil 15, Jung-gu; Seoul 100-110, Republic of Korea
email: ohsehoon@seoul.go.kr, english@www.metro.seoul.kr

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
email: information_usa@mofat.go.kr, consular_usa@mofat.go.kr

UK KOREAN EMBASSY
His Excellency Mr. Chun Yung-woo
South Korean Embassy in the UK
60 Buckingham Gate; London, SW1E 6AJ
email: koreanembinuk@mofat.go.kr

TO FIND KOREAN EMBASSIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES, TRY:
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/korea1.htm
http://embassyinformation.com/

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EMAIL BLOCK:
All emails found for this alert
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*SOME OF THESE EMAILS WILL BOUNCE. Kinship Circle cannot guarantee validity
of email addresses. Foreign governments may especially change or disable
their emails. That is why we’ve researched various sources to give you as
many addresses as we could find.

webmaster@president.go.kr, foreign@president.go.kr, webmaster@pmo.go.kr,
M_opm@opm.go.kr, m-opm@opm.go.kr, help@mct.go.kr, webmaster@www.mct.go.kr,
minister@maf.go.kr, wmaster@mifaff.go.kr, afec@assembly.go.kr,
minister@me.go.kr, wmaster@mohw.go.kr, webmaster@sppo.go.kr,
spoweb@sppo.go.kr, leeys@kfda.go.kr, m_kfda@kfda.go.kr, fsb1234@kfda.go.kr,
ohsehoon@seoul.go.kr, english@www.metro.seoul.kr,
information_usa@mofat.go.kr, consular_usa@mofat.go.kr,
koreanembinuk@mofat.go.kr

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SAMPLE LETTER —
This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Try to personalize your letter before sending.
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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
companions.

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.

Thank you,

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THE HYPOCRISY OF SAVING DOGS WHILE EATING PIGS?
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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:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letters_by_category.asp?CategoryID=5

We have addressed the “hypocrisy” in an article that ran as The Animals
Voice cover story: One Country’s Companion Is Another’s Cuisine
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/columns_articles/companion_cuisine.html

We do not support the consumptive use of ANY animal, including dogs, cats,
horses, chickens, pigs, cows, fishes, turkeys, ducks, etc.

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Dog Farms Under Sanitation Rules
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/08/117_29358.html
South Korea Legislation Amendment
http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?UID=2BZNVGUCFJ76
Ban Legalisation of Dogmeat Trade in South Korea
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-the-torture-to-dogs-and-cats-in-south-korea.html
Korea Animal Protection Society
http://www.koreananimals.or.kr/english/
DogAid Australia
http://www.dogaid.freeservers.com/
It’s Their Destiny
http://itstheirdestiny.2kat.net/helppage.html

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Responses

  1. […] Eating man’s best friend The South Korean Ministry of Environment has issued an order categorizing dogs as livestock. Central and local governments had long skirted the issue to avoid official sanction of dog meat as food, widely practiced while legally dubious due to humane laws protecting dogs. South Korea has some 720,000 dog farms, raising 2.3 million dogs to be slaughtered for food every year. Reports say the animals are often tortured prior to being killed, as this is alleged to enhance the properties and potency of their meat. If you’d like to write to the South Korean government to express your objection to this barbarism, e-mail addresses and a sample letter can be found here. […]


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