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To prevent murder of another Gilyongee, please demand amendment to the Animal Protection Act! [Call to Action by KAWA]

To prevent murder of another Gilyongee, please demand amendment to the Animal Protection Act! [Call to Action by KAWA]

Translation of KAWA’s Posting: To prevent murder of another Gilyongee, please demand amendment to the Animal Protection Act! 9/4/2013

Do you remember a recent case of a man in Cheongsong who secretly killed his neighbor’s pet dog, an 8 year old “Gilyongee”, made him into meat to eat, and hid it in his refrigerator?

Read the previous report on this case: A Man lures and kills neighbor’s 8 year old pet dog to eat [KAWA's Response Action to Animal Cruelty Case]

This case caused quite a stir among public when it became known through Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA)’s homepage.

Many people were shocked by the fact that a dog was brutally killed by a neighbor who knows very well that this dog was a companion animal that was raised like a child by his owner for over 8 years.

Police investigation of the case is in progress and as the fact that this perpetrator is currently raising 3 more dogs for purpose of eating is revealed during the process of media broadcast, shock and angry reaction among public is escalating.

Photo: Dogs being raised by the perpetrator. In addition to these 2 dogs there is one more white balbari puppy.

KAWA decided to rescue these 3 dogs that are doomed for brutal slaughter in the hands of this perpetrator if not rescued and has been trying to get in touch with the perpetrator but he has been avoiding our contact and has not been responding to our request to hand over the dogs.

KAWA hopes that this perpetrator will give up the ownership of these 3 dogs and hand them over to KAWA as a gesture of repentance for his wrongdoing and to atone for his sin.

As a result of strong demand by Gilyongee’s family and KAWA, the perpetrator was investigated for violation of animal protection law and destruction of property charge by the Cheongsong police and this case will soon be sent to the public prosecutor’s office for indictment.

Through actively participating in the trial process KAWA will do all that is necessary for the perpetrator to receive a prison sentence for his act of animal cruelty.

In the current animal protection law, abused animals is to be separated from the abuser for at least 3 days. However, this separation period is too short and after this period the law requires animals to be returned to the abuser, making this provision nominal in preventing animal cruelty.

There is no restriction for people to own animals or hold an occupation working with animals even after being convicted and receiving prison sentence for animal cruelty causing concern that they will commit animal cruelty again.

Hence, in the wake of this Gilyongee case, KAWA will do our best to raise awareness about the magnitude of animal cruelty problem in our society. KAWA is also in the process of discussion with the Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Food, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries committee members of the national assembly to enact new legislations through amendments to the Animal Protection Act in order to strengthen the rights of abused animals to take refuge away from the abuser, restrict the rights of convicted animal abuser from owning animals for a certain period of time as well as restrict their right to hold occupations that involves working with animals.

In order for KAWA’s request for amendment to Animal Protection Act to be accepted, we desperately need your participation.

Please demand from the Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Food, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries committee members of the national assembly who can initiate, evaluate and pass revised bills, to revise the Animal Protection Act to have a real effectiveness.

Below is a list of names and email addresses for the 19 members of the Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Food, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries committee of the national assembly.

Kyu-Seong Choi (최규성) cks2603@assembly.go.kr
Young-Rok Kim (김영록) queendie@gmail.com / camp8866@assembly.go.kr
Jae-Won Kim (김재원) 2020jwk@assembly.go.kr
Seong-Bum Shin (신성범) sbumshin@assembly.go.kr
Myung-Hee Yoon (윤명희) m567h@na.go.kr
Wan-Gu Lee (이완구) lee_wankoo@naver.com
Un-Rong Lee (이운룡) urlee2004@naver.com
In-Jae Lee (이인제) ij@assembly.go.kr
Yoon-Seok Jang (장윤석) yschang49@assembly.go.kr
Tae-Gyeong Ha (하태경) radiohaha@naver.com
Moon-Pyo Hong (홍문표) mphonglove@hanmail.net / mphonglove@assembly.go.kr
Seung-Nam Kim (김승남) snk0411@naver.com
Woo-Nam Kim (김우남) wnkim@assembly.go.kr
Choon-Jin Kim (김춘진) kimcj@assembly.go.kr
Ki-Un Bae (배기운) najubaekw@daum.net
Ju-Hong Hwang (황주홍) pv21c@assembly.go.kr
Sun-Dong Kim (김선동) ksd519@gmail.com

The cases of raising and killing dogs to eat will continue to occur all around us.

It is difficult to report animal cruelty and killing that takes place secretly at homes behind door and even if someone were to witness it, report it to the authority and the perpetrator is convicted, continued cruelty cannot be stopped unless the Article 18 of current Animal Protection Act that allows the animal abusers to own animals is revised.

The methods and types of animal abuse crimes are increasingly becoming more diverse and cruel.

The most tragic fact of this case of neighbor killing and storing in refrigerator a dog, Gilyongee, that was raised as companion, is that even after this perpetrator is punished, he can own more dogs and repeat the same act anytime, the fact that there will be other Gilyongees to come.

We need your help to get current Animal Protection Act amended to restrict ownership of animals by animal abusers so that it will work as an effective shield in preventing cruelty to animals.

Call to Action!

Please send petition letters to the members of the Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Food, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries committee of the South Korean National Assembly!

Email addresses:

cks2603@assembly.go.kr; queendie@gmail.com; camp8866@assembly.go.kr; 2020jwk@assembly.go.kr; sbumshin@assembly.go.kr; m567h@na.go.kr; lee_wankoo@naver.com; urlee2004@naver.com; ij@assembly.go.kr; yschang49@assembly.go.kr; radiohaha@naver.com; mphonglove@hanmail.net; mphonglove@assembly.go.kr; snk0411@naver.com; wnkim@assembly.go.kr; kimcj@assembly.go.kr; najubaekw@daum.net; pv21c@assembly.go.kr; ksd519@gmail.com

청원서 Petition Letter in Korean

존경하는 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 소속 국회의원님,

우리는 한국의 길용이 사건을 접하고 슬프고 안타까운 마음으로 이렇게 편지를 보냅니다. 또다른 길용이가 희생되는 걸 막기 위해, 동물보호법 개정이 매우 시급합니다. 대한민국의 동물복지는 다른 선진국에 비하여 정말 미미한 실정입니다. 한국의 개식용은 우리 세계인들을 너무나도 슬프고 고통스럽게하고있읍니다. 이제 대한민국도 선진국으로서 걸맞는 선진 ‘동물복지법’이 절실히 필요합니다.

국민들의 도덕의식 동물복지 강화는 좀 더 나은 사회실현 구축을 위하여 매우 중요한 주제이고 정부지도자들의 의무라고 생각합니다. 자신의 의지를 말로 표현 못하는 가장 연약한 존재를 대변해 줄 수 있는 법안을 그들을 위하여 강력하게 신설하고 개정해 나갈때 대한민국사회가 좀더 아름다운 사회로 발전되어 나갈 수 있다고 생각합니다.

앞으로도 곳곳에서는 개를 먹기 위해 키우고 죽이는 일이 계속해서 발생할 것입니다. 자기 집에서 남몰래 동물을 학대하고 죽이는 행위는 잘 드러나지도 않아 적발하기 어려우며, 설령 누군가 목격해서 신고해 처벌을 받았더라도 학대자의 동물 소유를 허용하는 현행 동물보호법 18조가 개정되지 않는 한 반복되는 학대를 막을 수는 없습니다. 게다가 동물 학대 범죄의 방식과 유형은 점점 더 다양하고, 잔인해지고 있습니다.

이웃집에서 반려견으로 키우는 개 길용이를 잡아다 죽이고 그 사체를 냉장고에 넣어놓았던 이번 사건에서 가장 비극적인 사실은 학대자가 동물학대로 처벌받은 뒤에도 언제든지 다시 동물을 키우고 같은 행위를 반복할 수 있다는, 또다른 길용이가 계속 생길 수 있다는 것입니다. 동물 학대 행위를 한 사람에게는 동물 소유를 제한하도록 그리고 개, 고양이 식용이 불법화 되도록 법 개정이 이루어져 동물보호법이 동물 학대 방지를 위한 실질적인 방패로 작용할 수 있도록 개정안을 꼭 통과해 주셨으면 합니다.
감사합니다.

Sample Petition Letter

Dear members of the Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Food, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries committee of the South Korean National Assembly,

We are writing to you today because we are very sad and upset to learn about what happened to a dog named “Gilyongee” in Cheongsong, South Korea. In order to prevent sacrifices of more dogs like “Gilyongee”, South Korea urgently needs to strengthen its Animal Protection Act. Animal Protection law of South Korea is too weak and ineffective compared to other industrialized nations. South Korea’s dog meat consumption is causing so much sadness and anguish for so many of us around the world. As an industrialized nation, South Korea desperately needs an Animal Protection law that fits its status in the world. Strengthening its citizen’s moral consciousness, and animal welfare is an important subject in building a better society and an important responsibility of its government.

South Korean society will progress into a more compassionate society when the legislations are enacted to protect and advocate for the most vulnerable members of its society who cannot advocate for themselves. The cases of raising and killing dogs to eat will continue to occur in South Korea. It is difficult to report animal cruelty and killing that takes place secretly at homes behind doors and even if someone were to witness it, report it to the authority and the perpetrator is convicted, continued cruelty cannot be stopped unless Article 18 of the current Animal Protection Act that allows the animal abusers to own animals is revised. Moreover, the methods and types of animal abuse crimes are increasingly becoming more diverse and cruel. The most tragic fact of this case of a neighbor killing and storing in refrigerator a dog, Gilyongee, that was raised as companion, is that even after this perpetrator is punished, he can raise more dogs and repeat the same act anytime, the fact that there will be other Gilyongees to come.

Therefore, we sincerely ask that you enact an amendment to strengthen current Animal Protection Act to restrict ownership of animals by animal abusers and to ban the dog and cat meat consumption so that it will work as an effective shield in preventing cruelty to animals.
Thank you for your consideration!

Sign Petition: Justice for Gilyongee! South Korea, Strengthen Animal Protection Act and Ban Dog and Cat Consumption!

  1. melanie
    melanieSeptember 13,13

    Please stop killing dogs an cats for the meat trade, these are loving animals that need our respect not to be used for the food chain

  2. Francesca Lonardelli
    Francesca LonardelliSeptember 14,13

    Please stop killing dogs and cats

  3. BRUCE
    BRUCESeptember 15,13

    until you don’t stop killing dogs I’ll boyctt all Korean products.

    • Manfred Milz
      Manfred MilzSeptember 17,13

      Ich werde alle koreanischen Produkten Boykottiern!!! So lange bis sich nichts ändert !!!! Ich wünsche mir und Hoffe das sich viele Menschen diesem Boykott anschließen werden ! Im Namen der Tiere verbleibe ich Solidarisch euer Manfred Milz.

  4. i.c. kovacs
    i.c. kovacsSeptember 16,13

    Please stop killing dogs and cats

  5. Jamil Topchibashev
    Jamil TopchibashevSeptember 16,13

    STOP IT!

  6. Robin Flowers
    Robin FlowersSeptember 16,13

    STOP the CRUELTY and INHUMAN Treatment to OUR LOVING ANIMALS

  7. VOINOT Marie-Françoise
    VOINOT Marie-FrançoiseSeptember 16,13

    De grâce faîtes stopper ces massacres !

  8. damiria
    damiriaSeptember 16,13

    deve haver outras coisas no país de vocês para comer, como frutas, legumes, grãos, hortaliças e há maneiras de evitar tantos animais, CASTRE-OS.

  9. Nellie Workman
    Nellie WorkmanSeptember 16,13

    We humans domesticated cats and dogs thousand of years ago to be our companions, our protectors, our helpers our family NOT FOOD!

  10. thekli
    thekliSeptember 16,13

    Stop killing poor animals YERSTEDAY!

  11. Barbara Chichester
    Barbara ChichesterSeptember 16,13

    Stop the inhumanity and cruelty to these poor defenseless animals. It is our responsibility to take care of them and to protect them from any
    harm, as they cannot do it themselves.

  12. Thomas Grimes
    Thomas GrimesSeptember 16,13

    Please stop torturing and killing dogs!

  13. Kay Warner
    Kay WarnerSeptember 17,13

    This is barbaric!!! I will boycott Korea and have shared on Face Book. The Word will get out.

  14. monika mccomb
    monika mccombSeptember 17,13

    the western world is calling for animal protection laws…..Korea stop behaving like cavemen , there is no room for animal torture in this modern type world any more

  15. Lynda
    LyndaSeptember 17,13

    STOP torturing and killing dogs you lose face with the whole world
    I will never buy Korean products until this Stone Age barbaric trade has ended!

  16. Eileen Kulp
    Eileen KulpSeptember 18,13

    You and your country should SHAME yourselves for the senseless killing and slaughtering of innocent animals. For a counrty that claims to be so wise, you are foul and ignorant!

  17. Cecilia
    CeciliaSeptember 19,13

    Shame on you Korea for this barbaric act. Please stop this brutal killing of innocent animals. A civilized country should make it illegal to consume man’s best friend.

  18. Paolo Cuccione
    Paolo CuccioneSeptember 19,13

  19. Allan Booyjzsen
    Allan BooyjzsenSeptember 19,13

    It is morally wrong to eat dogs and cats and the more one learns the more one realises that it is also wrong to eat any meat or poultry. The slaughtering of these animals are done in such a cruel manner that even if you are a meat eater, then have more compassion as to how the industry is run.

  20. Jacqui Kelly
    Jacqui KellySeptember 19,13

    Korea this absolutely horrific treatment of dog’s and cat’s (companion animals) is nothing short of barbaric.
    The way you treat these animals leaves the rest of the world with only one opinion Korean’s are backward barbarians. Until you stop this brutality I myself will never buy any product produced in your shameful country.

  21. gill webb
    gill webbSeptember 19,13

    STOP the insane cruelty NOW.

  22. nattha
    natthaSeptember 19,13

    Please think more about somebody else this world is not only yours

  23. Andrey
    AndreySeptember 19,13

    Stop killing animals!

  24. DESIREE SCHEEPERS
    DESIREE SCHEEPERSSeptember 19,13

    ANIMALS ARE GOD’S CREATION AND BELONG TO GOD, THEY ARE A FLESH AND BLOOD, BREATHING LIVING SOUL.
    PLEASE NOTE GOD WONT BE MOCKED, WHAT A MAN SOWS HE WILL REAP, EVIL AND WICKED BEHAVIOUR WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED BY GOD.
    THIS IS SO BARBARIC THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE EVIL OF THIS TORTURE.

  25. Rebecca Lynn Dreller
    Rebecca Lynn DrellerSeptember 19,13

    This issue is no longer S. Korea’s dirty little secret. The world now knows of this disgraceful treatment of companion animals, Korea’s shame. As humans we are supposed to defend the defenseless, be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. This brutality committed daily against defenseless beings is unacceptable, barbaric and a crime against those who have nobody to speak for them. STOP RUTHLESSLY SLAUGHTERING SENTIENT BEINGS! The entire world is watching now, do the right thing!

  26. damiria
    damiriaSeptember 19,13

    parem de serem mortos de fome, comam verduras e frutas e legumes.

  27. Line Steinsvåg
    Line SteinsvågSeptember 19,13

    Stopp denne grusomheten og torturen av dyr!!!!!

  28. Michael
    MichaelSeptember 19,13

    Email sent. Thanks for making this so easy to send the message. Simple copy and paste. Hopefully everyone here sending this email will make a difference and save so many wonderful dogs who only want a happy home and family to love. I will never consider visiting that country, or any other country guilty of such cruelty, until this stops forever.

  29. elida mirian pedemonte
    elida mirian pedemonteSeptember 19,13

    please stop with dogs killing!!!

    • sheila williams
      sheila williamsSeptember 19,13

      This is a vile barbaric cruel UNCIVILISED act these poor animals are our pets who give us love companionship and comfort and protection.They are also Gods creatures with souls we all have to answer to our maker at the end you have the power to help stop this horrific treatment,it is on your conscious if you do not.

  30. Max
    MaxSeptember 19,13

    Hello there, I think the killing of Dogs are completely incorrect. Such animals are considered HOUSE PETS in The United Kingdom. You should re-consider your ideas.

  31. Jimenez
    JimenezSeptember 19,13

    Stop !!!!

  32. Sherry Goodyear
    Sherry GoodyearSeptember 19,13

    Sent to all on list, except this one–mailbox was full. Maybe that’s a good sign.
    김영록[camp8866@assembly.go.kr]님의 편지함의 용량이
    초과 되어 더이상 메일을 보낼 수 없습니다.

    • admin
      adminSeptember 20,13

      Dear Sherry, thank you so much for taking action and caring about Korean dogs!

  33. elisa kleven
    elisa klevenSeptember 21,13

    Please stop killing these beautiful animals whose biggest goal in life is to love and be loved. These animals are more human than you are!

  34. valhalla
    valhallaSeptember 21,13

    This inhumane sadistic treatment of animals in Korea will continue as they have no animal protection laws -it all so primitive and barbaric -and so dam unhygienic -I would never go to these Asian countries that treat their animals so cruelly ,I also never eat their food as I like to know what I am eating and where it came from and that’s not being -racist just -self preservation.-shame on them.

  35. Luisa Campanato
    Luisa CampanatoSeptember 21,13

    Los animales son nuestros hermanos, nuestros compañeros en esta vida, no podemos seguir maltratándolos tanto sin un castigo.

  36. jillian mcdonnell
    jillian mcdonnellSeptember 21,13

    All emails sent

  37. Elita
    ElitaSeptember 21,13

    Stop killing dogs!!!

  38. LINDA BADHAM
    LINDA BADHAMSeptember 21,13

    THIS IS A DISGUSTING DISGRACEFUL THING TO DO AND TO STEAL PEOPLES DOGS SHOULD BE A CRIME IN ITSELF ! CHINA REALLY NEEDS TO EVOLVE SPIRITUALLY AND RESPECT ALL LIFE. DOGS ARE COMPANIONS AND INTELLIGENT AND YOURE FRIEND, HOW IN GODS NAME CAN YOU LET THEM BE KILLED IS BEYOND ALL COMPREHENSION !

  39. Karen Lambert
    Karen LambertSeptember 21,13

    I respectfully request you stop treating dogs like this.

  40. Stephen Motson
    Stephen MotsonSeptember 21,13

    This is disgusting. Thanks for bringing the realities of this to peoples’ attention. Have sent emails & shared on social media.

  41. Kelly Blockhuys
    Kelly BlockhuysSeptember 21,13

    You people are barbaric! I hate Korea, and china, and thailand, and all the countries were dogs and cats are being killed or even boiled alive to be eaten! what is wrong with you people! You will all burn in hell for killing god’s loving creatures!

  42. sheila williams
    sheila williamsSeptember 21,13

    These is nothing more than uncivilised and barbaric cruelty.

  43. Doris Chiang
    Doris ChiangSeptember 21,13

    Please stop brutal animal torture, killing, which includes dogs and cats!!!! It shouldn’t keep going on!!!!

  44. Elen
    ElenSeptember 22,13

    Vou enviar carta para todas as autoridades mencionadas da Coréia. Se alguém tiver também os endereços das autoridades da China, Vietnã, Camboja, Tailândia, Taiwan, ou seja de todos os países que comem cães e gatos, pretendo escrever para todos. Meu e-mail: elenribeirog@hotmail.com

  45. janet
    janetSeptember 23,13

    THIS MUST STOP NOW. FILTHY TRADE, FILTHY SECRETS EXPOSED. LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  46. Anne Grice
    Anne GriceSeptember 27,13

    Such disgusting people who fail to understand the importance of dogs and cats in human lives as companion, service animals. For good health etc. These animals have a very high importance to humans they are not food. If you would only stop eating them and instead let them live as your companion you would see the enormous health benefits you would gain from them. They keep your blood pressure normal. they relieve stress, they prevent diabetes and many major illness. They have the ability to detect cancer in humans. So eating them is senseless when you could benefit far more by living with them. Please try living with them and see the health benefits.

  47. Mila
    MilaOctober 1,13

    Please, stop to kill our friends!

  48. marina Alescekevich
    marina AlescekevichOctober 8,13

    STOP KILLING DOGS AND CATS::::::THIS ANIMALS NOT FOOD!!!!!

  49. EveFigueroa-Santos
    EveFigueroa-SantosDecember 19,13

    Animals are Gods Gift. Stop Hurting Them, shame on your Country and Prople,

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