Dog-meat Consumption is NOT LEGAL in South Korea! However, the majority of Koreans show a profound indifference to both the law and any moral principles by doing nothing at all to stop the dog-meat trade: dogs are being brutally tortured and eaten as if it were completely legal.
KARA Publishes Legal Information Booklet for the ending of dog meat consumption
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 The fact that dogs are not considered livestock according to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act doesn’t mean that the slaughter of dogs and distribution and sale of dog meat are protected from legal restrictions. It means that the legal restrictions should be applied and if the regulations under the governing law are violated, violators must be penalized. According to the law, dog slaughter is unauthorized because it is conducted at slaughterhouses which are not permitted, and therefore the maximum penalty under the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act must be applied.
Animal Protection Act (Act No. 13023, Jan. 20, 2015)
Livestock Industry Act (Full text as revised on May 25, 2010)
Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act (Full text as revised on May 25, 2010)
Water Quality and Ecosystem Conservation Act (Full text as revised on May 21, 2009)
Food Sanitation Act (Full text as revised on Jun 7, 2011)
Act on the Prevention of Contagious Animal Diseases (Full text as revised on Jul 28, 2011)
Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta (Full text as revised on Jul 28, 2011)
Seoul Metropolitan City Official Announcement No.94
서울특별시 고시 제94호
시민에게 혐오감을 주고 도시미관을 저해하는 영업행위를 제한함으로써 국제도시로서의 품위유지와 면모를 갖추기 위하여 식품위생법 제 22조, 동법시행령 제 9조 제 1항 및 동법 시행규칙 제 24조의 규정에 의하여 1983.7.21 고시한 영업행위 금지대상 및 금지지역 (서울 특별시 고시 제 372호)을 다음과 같이 변경 고시한다.
In order to take on an appearance and maintain dignity as an international city through restricting the businesses that cause citizens to become repulsed and hamper the aesthetics of the city, July 21, 1983 announcement for the prohibition of certain type of businesses and the district (Seoul Metropolitan City Official Announcement No. 372) in accordance with the provisions of the Food Sanitation Act Article 22, Food Sanitation Act Enforcement Ordinance Article 9 Item 1 and Food Sanitation Act Enforcement Rule Article 24, will change as follows.
가. 금지대상 영업
a. Prohibited Businesses
– 뱀탕, 보신탕, 개소주, 토룡탕, 용봉탕, 굼벵이탕 등 혐오감을 주는 영업
Businesses that sells “Repugnant Foods” which includes Snake Soup, Dog Meat Soup, Dog Soju(Dog Elixir), Earthworm Soup, Terrapin Soup, Cicada Larva Soup, etc.
나. 금지지역 : 서울특별시 전지역
b. Prohibited district: Entire region of the Seoul Metropolitan City
다. 영업금지 시기 : `84. 4. 30부터
c. Business Prohibition Effective: Beginning April 30, 1984
Seoul Metropolitan City Official Announcement No.94 (2/21/1984) bans the sale of dog meat as “repugnant food” but there is absolutely no enforcement!
Current Situation of Korea’s Dog Meat Industry
By Korea Animal Rights Advocates
Dog Meat In Korea: A Socio-Legal Challenge
By Rakhyun E. Kim