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KARA Publishes Legal Information Booklet for the ending of dog meat consumption

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 (Korea Animal Rights Advocates) have published information booklets explaining the laws involving dog meat consumption. Through this booklet, they summarized the major disparities between the current law on farming dogs for the meat trade – to sale and slaughter for human consumption and what is currently practiced in S. Korea. You can download the copy of this booklet from their website by clicking HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page and click “법규안내집 다운받기” blue button.

You can also download this from our page by clicking HERE.

From now on, when the Korean government gives you a lame response that they “don’t have the laws to stop eating dogs,” then send them a copy of this booklet or the KARA’s page online.

Below is a full translation of their page: https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537

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Case 2 “There is a restaurant in our village that hung a placard advertising Boshintang on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Today there’s a white dog tied up under that placard. Please rescue him.”

Case 3 “There’s a slaughterhouse across the street where dogs are slaughtered. They are unloaded from the truck and dragged inside and then there’s a period of continuous screaming and then streams of blood flow into the drain. And the day’s work must be done because then there’s silence. These images float around inside my head and torment me. It’s hard to live like this. Please help.”

Case 4 “On the side of a farm waterway, there are signs saying ‘We sell dog meat,’ ‘We buy and sell dog,’ with the contact information. As I walk past these signs, it’s agonizing seeing them because of the screams of the dogs nearby.”

Grave of Korean companion animals – Legal Information Booklet for the ending of dog meat consumption is published.

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Published by: Korea Animal Rights Advocates
Written by: Jeon Jin-Kyung, Kim Hyun-Ji
Legal advice: Seo Guk-Hwa

Dog meat consumption is clearly illegal. It has been argued that it is impossible to determine if dog meat consumption is legal or illegal because Korean law has not passed legislation specifying whether the consumption of dog meat is permitted or not. However, in many areas, dog meat farms, and the slaughter and distribution of dog meat, are in violation of our current laws.

Even though ‘Banning of Dog Meat Consumption’ is not specifically stipulated in the law, the acts that are committed in the process of slaughtering dogs for consumption are clearly illegal and therefore dog meat consumption can never be legal.

In order for the dog meat to end up on the table 6 existing laws are violated!!

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1) Violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act
2) Violation of Animal Protection Act
3) Violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act
4) Violation of Act on the Prevention of Contagious Animal Diseases
5) Violation of Waste Control Act
6) Violation of Food Sanitation Act

So even if we only consider existing Korean laws, dog meat consumption is already illegal.

However, despite the stages of dog meat consumption – from breeding to slaughter to processing the carcass to the sale of the dog meat soup – in which many laws overlap and are cumulatively violated, the reality is that these illegal acts are neither controlled nor punished.

The administrative government, judicial government, and police all argue that “There are no laws to control dog meat consumption, the resulting animal cruelty, or the many problems that are created and witnessed as a result of the breeding, slaughter and distribution of dog meat soup”.

It is preposterous that despite the fact that dogs are subjected to horrendous breeding practices and slaughter, all laws become invalid and protection is out of reach for the dogs because of the excuse that they are raised as food.

Introducing the legal information that will become the guidepost to coming one step closer to ending dog meat consumption.

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Is the argument that there are no laws to stop dog meat consumption and the resulting animal cruelty really valid?

Could it be that the consumption of dog meat became normal due to complacency and a misinterpretation of the law or neglect of duty despite the fact that there are laws against it?

Could it be that the government’s outrageously irresponsible attitude, refusing to address the dog meat problem by thinking the issue of dog meat consumption eventually would end with the passing of time, brought about the lack of interpretation and enforcement of laws?

KARA’s ‘Legal Information Booklet for the ending of dog meat consumption’ was published to answer these questions.

Legal Information Table of Contents

  • Violation of Animal Protection Act
  • According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, it is not allowed to slaughter dogs and distribute as meat
  • Violation of Food Sanitation Act
  • Misuse of laws on Livestock Waste Control and Use
  • Through the ‘Act on the Prevention of Contagious Animal Diseases’, total collapse of epidemics prevention and imposing danger
  • Violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act/Waste Control Act and the maximization of operating profit

Our Plans for the use and distribution of the Legal Information Booklet for the ending of dog meat consumption

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Using these guidelines, KARA will ask the Korean government, administrative agencies, police, prosecutors and Judicial agencies who aren’t taking any legal action against all the illegal activity and animal cruelty relating to the dog meat trade if they are doing their best.

KARA also wants to provide legal knowledge to all those with a forward-looking attitude who want to find solutions to the dog meat trade problem, as well as provide them with an opportunity to gain insight from others to begin a serious full-scale discussion on ending the dog meat trade.

This information booklet will be distributed to politicians, government personnel, frontline administrators, police, veterinarian associations, relevant professional groups, and Judicial authorities. It will also be provided in PDF file for everyone to download and read at their convenience.

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Only with your help we can end the dog meat trade.

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The animal abandonment problem is serious. Unlike in the past, however, many people in our society are interested and concerned about this issue and are requesting breeding regulations to undertake a resolution of the fundamental problem. This is a big relief and a great step forward.

But unlike other nations, our nation is continuing to be faced with the problems related to dog meat consumption. Compared to the hundreds of thousands of animals abandoned annually, dogs that are victims of the dog meat consumption industry count in the millions each year. Many stray dogs end up as fatalities of the dog meat trade. The dog meat trade is a graveyard for our companion animals and if we can’t resolve this issue we can’t expect there to be any advancement in the companion animal culture.

You must empathize with this reality and understand that the only way to resolve the dog meat problem is by banning and ending the dog meat trade.

It’s time to raise up our voices and demand an end to the dog meat trade, stricter enforcement of existing laws, and legislation of new laws banning the dog meat trade.

  • Please read the legal information booklet provided in PDF file and share and distribute wherever you can.
  • Please learn the contents of our legal information booklet and persuade people around you about the problems of dog meat trade.
  • If you witness illegal dog farm or animal cruelty occurring at a dog farm, please report it to the police and administrative authorities with our information booklet.

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Below is summary of violation of existing laws by the dog meat industry in South Korea:

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A summary of the major disparity between the current law on farming dogs for the meat trade – to sale and slaughter for human consumption and what is currently practiced in S. Korea.

Click HERE for the narrative format of the below summary.

Source:KARA. A summary of the major disparity between the current law on farming dogs for the meat trade - to sale and slaughter for human consumption and what is currently practiced in S. Korea.

Source:KARA. A summary of the major disparity between the current law on farming dogs for the meat trade – to sale and slaughter for human consumption and what is currently practiced in S. Korea.

[1] According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s ‘Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals’ setting forth an internationally accepted standard for humane euthanasia, only the intravenous injection of euthanasia drugs such as Barbital Salt (Pentobarbital) is permitted for the euthanasia of dogs. Other permitted adjunctive methods, outside of intravenous injection of Barbital Salt, are poisoning with carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide, and gunshot. However, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and gunshot are ordinarily not recommended as euthanasia method. (AVMA Guidelines for the euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition, P. 99 Appendix I – Methods of euthanasia and chemicals) https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Documents/euthanasia.pdf

[2] 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.

개의 사육, 도살, 지육 및 보신탕 판매까지 중복누적되는 위법행위 일람표

Source:KARA. 개의 사육, 도살, 지육 및 보신탕 판매까지 중복누적되는 위법행위 일람표

Source:KARA. 개의 사육, 도살, 지육 및 보신탕 판매까지 중복누적되는 위법행위 일람표

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  1. Zornitsa Ivanova
    Zornitsa IvanovaSeptember 29,16

    Thank you it was useful information.Pitty that still is not ban but if we keep protesting ll have success

    • Michelle Carr
      Michelle CarrNovember 15,16

      Only a person with no heart would eat a dog.

  2. john m schaus
    john m schausOctober 4,16

    Stop this cruelty

  3. Jan
    JanOctober 5,16

    Precious photo

  4. louisa
    louisaOctober 8,16

    mercy,dog to keep is trully not for food

  5. Donna
    DonnaOctober 8,16

    Your Country should be Embarrassed..Your a Disgrace for allowing this..Shame on you! Your psychotic and way behind on times…you are mentally ill Monsters. You have laws and allow these animals to die and get tortured instead of being a MAN and abiding by your laws..very disturbing and disgusting.

    • Mercedes Caraco
      Mercedes CaracoNovember 2,16

      The president of south korea is a shameful, embarrassing and sadistic ugly coward. It is a shameful country and should not be allow to any Olympics. Dogs are better than any of those assassins.

    • Maria
      MariaNovember 26,16

      When saying “you” you refer not only to those who do nothing, but also to this site team and Nami Kim who do all they can to stop this. Yes, I boycott Korea too, but without these Koreans we’d be absolutely powerless. It’s not “world against Korea” its “Koreans+world against the worst part of Koreans+ corrupion”.

      • dee colton
        dee coltonDecember 5,16

        yes, keep fighting these monsters and crininals, all these prior comments are correct, it will take us all

      • Michelle m Schafer
        Michelle m SchaferDecember 22,16

        well said Maria. I hate all koreans, Chinese, etc who breed, slaughter, and consume the dogs, BUT I KNOW there are many Koreans, Chinese etc who rally, protest, and do everything they can to stop this!! Those that have no heart, and slaughter and consume, deserve whats coming to them…its called KARMA and I hope they get it good. To those who help to save animals and do water they can to educate others I APPLAUDE you keep up the GREAT work.

  6. Barbara
    BarbaraOctober 10,16

    Okrutne i bezduszne traktowanie zwierzat zasluguje na potepienie!!!! WSTYD I HANBA CALY SWIAT PATRZY NA WASZE PRYMITYWNE PRAKTYKI!!! GARDZE WAMI I BRZYDZE SIE WAS .

  7. Miriam
    MiriamOctober 12,16

    how terrible is this, even a dog owner does not know how loving his dog was. fuck HIM!

  8. Christina Johns
    Christina JohnsOctober 12,16

    No Olympics should be allowed her for the disgusting, barbaric way this is done also no holiday makers

  9. PREVOST
    PREVOSTOctober 14,16

    STOP A LA CRUAUTE CONTRE LES ANIMAUX !!!

  10. Liz dawson
    Liz dawsonOctober 15,16

    I will never step foot in any Asian country with this barbaric treatment of animals continuing. And I tell everyone I meet not to support tourism there.

  11. Wil
    WilOctober 19,16

    Stop geweldadige mishandeling tegen dieren

  12. Val Kerry
    Val KerryOctober 21,16

    STOP THIS EVIL & BARBARIC TREATMENT TO ALL ANIMALS ! NO OLYMPICS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TILL YOU STOP

  13. Ewa Ewa
    Ewa EwaOctober 25,16

    Stop i jeszcze raz STOP !

  14. Ewa Ewa
    Ewa EwaOctober 25,16

    STOP !!

  15. Kate Cheek
    Kate CheekOctober 29,16

    It is astounding that with all the points of legislation listed here, that no one in S.Korea are really prepared to enforce these applicable laws. Seems officials and police generally just do not care. I really cannot understand that as a westerner, it is incomprehensible. Perhaps S.Koreans in general are just very ambivalent towards our canine and feline companions. To me that is appalling,and explains why the horrific barbarism continues,where in other countries these laws would be effective even if they are not ideal.

  16. Seda ucal Ucal
    Seda ucal UcalNovember 8,16

    😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  17. Sandra
    SandraNovember 8,16

    Human!!!!we MUST join to opportunite unnormal slaughters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Rene Succa-Ruston
    Rene Succa-RustonNovember 11,16

    It appears the government of South Korea doesn’t care that the world sees them as savage “dog eaters”. Pity because it’s a shame on ALL Koreans. There are wonderful compassionate, progressive Koreans who condemn it.

  19. Sheri Verges
    Sheri VergesNovember 13,16

    Stop this barbaric cruelty S Korea!!! The world is watch and thinks very poorly of your actions. You should be ashamed of your actions. Hang your heads in shame!!!!!!!!

  20. Jessica
    JessicaNovember 17,16

    Every one here in America needs to see these videos. We need to send them to the clothing stores like Target and H&M and Macy’s or Nordstrom. Because besides the meat they want it is also they’re fur that they take from them and put it on our clothing for us to wear. Just because it says fake fur doesn’t mean it’s man made. It’s still coming from an animal who was tortured. If all Americans saw this and knew that then we wouldn’t want to wear fur and we would have all the dog meat petitions signed in one day. I want to do what is needed to help. I’m not wealthy but I can do other means to help.! I can’t even watch a whole video without going crazy. I look at my dear companion and cry in vain. It’s not right. It’s simply not right. These are God’s little babies, we can’t think this is okay to do.

  21. bianca GÜNTHER
    bianca GÜNTHERNovember 18,16

    in name of humidity.. STOP.. i will do everthing I can,that nothing from your country will be sold in germany and we nether go to your place until this cruel has stopped !!!

  22. HEBE MARTORELLA
    HEBE MARTORELLANovember 18,16

    LHAVE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE WHAT I FEEL. FOR ME A CAT OR A DOG IS MY BEST FRIEND. IT SLEEPS WITH ME, IT OR SHE IS THE FIRST LIVING BEING I SEE IN MY MORNING, SHE IS THE SOURCE OF MY HAPPINESS AND ALL MY TENDERNESS IS FOR HER,SO I BEG THIS SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT TO CEASE TORTURING ANIMALS. IF THEY DO NOT STOP DOG AND CAT MEAT TRADE WE MUST BOYCOTT ALL THEIR EXPORTS AND TRADE WITH US.

  23. BETH WILLIAMS
    BETH WILLIAMSNovember 22,16

    Is there something hanging over this man’s head? Is he being threatened? Please be a man a help these poor animals.

  24. colleen devivo
    colleen devivoNovember 24,16

    i wish all of Asia would fall in the ocean except the dogs and cats they kill , I would never step foot in their country nor will I step foot in any Asian business in my country they are cruel dirty disgusting maggots ,

  25. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaDecember 2,16

    a big shame for all politics everywhere around the world !!! all of them know what happens !!! and nobody has a courage to act !! only the money is important and the good relationship !!! there’s no place for the good relationship with the countries which don’t even care about the animals rights !!

  26. Debora Nielsen
    Debora NielsenDecember 12,16

    This has got to stop! Evil, barbaric, heartless bastards! May you get a taste of your pun medicine!

  27. Magdalena asbrede
    Magdalena asbredeJanuary 25,17

    The dog eating Tradition must Stopp!!!!!!it ist barbaric and Marke me Cry!!!!

  28. Amely Adolph
    Amely AdolphFebruary 6,17

    Stop it

  29. linda botbyl
    linda botbylFebruary 17,17

    I thought that South Korea was more humane than North Korea from what I had read. However, I see they are just as barbaric as their northern counterparts. My husband and I were planning a trip there but I will never enter this barbaric country after reading of what they do to the dogs and cats there.Shame on you and your country!

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