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South Korea – Reconsider your proposals to expand and incentivise the inhumane puppy mill industry!

Photo: The Korea Observer.

Photo: The Korea Observer.

South Korea is planning to expand its already booming puppy mill industry. We are asking you to help bring about an immediate u-turn on these plans and to stop the cycle of horrific abuse and neglect suffered by these innocent dogs and puppies born into such horrendous conditions.

Please call on the Korean government to act and to listen to public opinion by signing our online petition. You can also help by writing directly to president Geun-hye Park, we have a suggested message you can use below which you can add your own words to. Let’s show them how strong our voices can be!

Click HERE to find out more about these latest proposals from the Korean Observer.

Postal Mailing Address:
President Geun-Hye Park
1 Cheongwa-daero, Jongro-gu, Seoul 03048
Republic of Korea

Korean Embassy in US Telephone: 1-202-939-5600

Telephone numbers of Korean Embassies around the world: Click HERE!

Suggested message when calling

“The purpose of my call today is to register my deep concern and utter disappointment at your Government’s plans to support and expand the puppy mill industry within South Korea. When many leading nations are banning or introducing legislation to heavily restrict the operations of puppy mills, I find it confounding that your Government seeks to increase the dog population in this wholly irresponsible and incredibly inhumane way. As an animal lover and as part of a high profile animal rights group with vast links and supporters across the globe I ask that the South Korean Government reconsiders its decision and brings about an immediate u-turn on these plans to stop the cycle of horrific abuse and neglect suffered by these innocent dogs and puppies born into such horrendous conditions.”

Email: Click HERE for email addresses of Korean Embassies and Consulate Generals around the world!

Sign-Petition

Video: CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth). Dog farm in Gwangju, South Korea where dead dogs are left in the cages to decompose and for other dogs to eat.

Suggested message:

To: Petitioning Office of the president, the Republic of Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령,

We urge you to take swift action and to radically change your Government’s plan to expand the puppy mill, pet auction and pet trade generally. At a time when most forward thinking countries are considering banning or heavily legislating and regulating against puppy mills and intensive ‘factory’ pet breeding practices, we find it unacceptable and shameful that South Korea is making an active decision to move backwards and not forwards with regard to this highly controversial issue.

Encouraging the puppy mill industry via financial incentives with regard to the opening of new mills or the upscaling of mill facilities goes against public opinion both in Korea and globally, is not in the public interest and showcases to the world that South Korea has a complete disregard to animal welfare. Growth in the pet sector in other world leading countries has come through expansion of the pet food and accessory and service trade and not through the use puppy mills which is a dying trade in the majority of forward thinking counties.

You should be aware of the horrific public and environmental health and animal welfare abuses going on in puppy mills across South Korea at this very moment. Below are just a few examples:

– In the demand for smaller and smaller popular ‘tea-cup’ versions of various dog breeds, practices such as premature C-section are commonplace in the industry and often carried out by unqualified puppy mill staff with no regard to both the mother or the puppies’ welfare and often carried out without anaesthetic.

– Intentional malnourishment is also common in a bid to produce smaller and smaller dogs. These ‘tea-cup’ dogs often suffer from horrific genetic defects alongside being exposed to the unsanitary conditions found in most puppy mills.

– The practises at these mills echo those of other intensive factory farming operations, with repeated cycles of insemination and no break for the mother dog, which goes against modern veterinary thinking and advice along with abysmal and inhumane conditions for the breeding animals, caged for life often living in their own filth, suffering from a number of chronic health issues.
o Is this what the average Korean consumer wants when purchasing a puppy? No!
o Is this information even disclosed to the end customer when purchasing their new puppy? No!
o Is this fair on the animal or on the consumer? No!

Supporting the intensive factory farming of dogs creates more opportunity for abuse, not less. In order for regulation to work it has to be actively policed, implemented by local law enforcement and supported through direct action and sentencing in the judicial system. South Korea’s record in this respect is appalling to say the least, so any suggestion that the current proposals will seek to address some of the animal welfare abuses taking place in the pet industry right now is misleading in the extreme.

Your Government through these latest proposals seeks to increase the dog population for short-term economic gains, doing nothing to address the ‘disposable’ culture when it comes to pet dog ownership, which will inevitably lead to an increase in the amount of dogs abandoned, ending up in already overstretched rescue centres or worse sold to dog meat traders. The even greater tragedy is that there are so many dogs and puppies that need homes right now, that have been rescued from the South Korean meat trade and yet there are no proposals on addressing this issue or indeed supporting those charities and NGO’s that work so hard to save and rehome these animals.

South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, but it is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the world’s most highly educated and major economic powers is ignoring its public, snubbing the latest veterinary and behavioural advice with regard to intensive breeding of pet dogs and seeking to solidify its embarrassing reputation when it comes to animal welfare and abuse.

We urge you to carefully rethink these latest proposals and ask that you introduce effective legislation and enforcement to ban the intensive farming of pet dogs via the puppy mill and auction industry. It is time for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove to the global community and to itself that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society.

Video: The Korea Observer.

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  1. Patricia Taylor
    Patricia TaylorJuly 19,16

    To: Petitioning Office of the president, the Republic of Korea President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령,

    We urge you to take swift action and to radically change your Government’s plan to expand the puppy mill, pet auction and pet trade generally. At a time when most forward thinking countries are considering banning or heavily legislating and regulating against puppy mills and intensive ‘factory’ pet breeding practices, we find it unacceptable and shameful that South Korea is making an active decision to move backwards and not forwards with regard to this highly controversial issue.

    Encouraging the puppy mill industry via financial incentives with regard to the opening of new mills or the upscaling of mill facilities goes against public opinion both in Korea and globally, is not in the public interest and showcases to the world that South Korea has a complete disregard for animal welfare. Growth in the pet sector in other world leading countries has come through the expansion of the pet food and accessory and service trade and not through the use of puppy mills, which is a dying trade in the majority of forward thinking counties.

    You should be aware of the horrific public and environmental health and animal welfare abuses going on in puppy mills across South Korea at this very moment. Below are just a few examples:

    – In the demand for smaller and smaller popular ‘tea-cup’ versions of various dog breeds, practices such as premature C-section are commonplace in the industry and often carried out by unqualified puppy mill staff with no regard to both the mother or the puppies’ welfare and often carried out without anaesthetic.

    – Intentional malnourishment is also common in a bid to produce smaller and smaller dogs. These ‘tea-cup’ dogs often suffer from horrific genetic defects alongside being exposed to the unsanitary conditions found in most puppy mills.

    – The practises at these mills echo those of other intensive factory farming operations, with repeated cycles of insemination and no break for the mother dog, which goes against modern veterinary thinking and advice along with abysmal and inhumane conditions for the breeding animals, caged for life often living in their own filth, suffering from a number of chronic health issues.
    o Is this what the average Korean consumer wants when purchasing a puppy? No!
    o Is this information even disclosed to the end customer when purchasing their new puppy? No!
    o Is this fair on the animal or on the consumer? No!

    Supporting the intensive factory farming of dogs creates more opportunity for abuse, not less. In order for regulation to work it has to be actively policed, implemented by local law enforcement and supported through direct action and sentencing in the judicial system. South Korea’s record in this respect is appalling, to say the least, so any suggestion that the current proposals will seek to address some of the animal welfare abuses taking place in the pet industry right now is misleading in the extreme.

    Your Government through these latest proposals seeks to increase the dog population for short-term economic gains, doing nothing to address the ‘disposable’ culture when it comes to pet dog ownership, which will inevitably lead to an increase in the amount of dogs abandoned, ending up in already overstretched rescue centres or worse sold to dog meat traders. The even greater tragedy is that there are so many dogs and puppies that need homes right now, that have been rescued from the South Korean meat trade and yet there are no proposals on addressing this issue or indeed supporting those charities and NGO’s that work so hard to save and rehome these animals.

    South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, but it is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the world’s most highly educated and major economic powers is ignoring its public, snubbing the latest veterinary and behavioural advice with regard to intensive breeding of pet dogs and seeking to solidify its embarrassing reputation when it comes to animal welfare and abuse.

    We urge you to carefully rethink these latest proposals and ask that you introduce effective legislation and enforcement to ban the intensive farming of pet dogs via the puppy mill and auction industry. It is time for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove to the global community and to itself that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society.

  2. giusi nicoletti
    giusi nicolettiJuly 19,16

    It is cruel and inhuman to torture and eat pets!!! Stop it please!!

  3. janice
    janiceJuly 19,16

    Please stop it. This practice is pure evil

  4. janice polito
    janice politoJuly 19,16

    Please stop it. This practice is pure evil. And has no place in today’s society.

  5. Susan
    SusanJuly 19,16

    I will never purchase nor have anything to do with any or all products produced or sold from your country. The disgust and disrespect I feel for the choices and decisions you continue to make have changed my views and opened my eyes to the ignorance, greed and total disregard for life as well as humanity. I will fight and speak out every chance, every minute I can be heard to stop the Olympics and ban anything and all things that have anything to do with your country and put

  6. Tamyra Wallace
    Tamyra WallaceJuly 19,16

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated…I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by people from the cruelty of human kind. Mahatma Ghandhi

  7. Maja Milosevic
    Maja MilosevicJuly 20,16

    Love animals the right way. This is not the way!

  8. Phyllis Simon
    Phyllis SimonJuly 20,16

    E conditions are horrible and that affects the health of the puppies. Please stop this practice. There are already enough dogs without hinges.

  9. Susan
    SusanJuly 20,16

    Please, please stop this dreadful practise.

  10. Candace Modrell
    Candace ModrellJuly 20,16

    This now has worldwide attention and is making your nation look really bad. Everyone I know has stopped buying anything made anywhere in Asia until this barbaric trade has ended. You are being watched and it reflects poorly on you and I’m guessing your economy will feel it.

  11. Dennis Carrig
    Dennis CarrigJuly 23,16

    The spotlight is coming, the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea will be the most heavily boycotted event in world history. 2,500,000 dogs eaten annually, beyond disgraceful!!

  12. Denise Baudin
    Denise BaudinJuly 29,16

    South Korea: What kind of culture do you people have??????????? I guess you are proud of your ‘LIVE BOILED CAT AND DOG EATING NATION” REPUTATION. Despite dozens of worldwide petitions regarding this matter, even your Korean government, Park Geun-hye, seems to be in accordance with this way of live boiling animals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Park Geun-hye has the power to change this barbaric culture and she chooses to do nothing. WHY????????????????? DO NOT EXPAND YOUR PUPPY MILL INDUSTRY. BAN IT.
    ALSO, BOYCOTT the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea.

  13. tina endicott
    tina endicottAugust 3,16

    Getting the Korean people to end the horrific torture and boiling cats alive would be a dream come true. I have no respect for people that think this is ok. Korea just does not care. I will boycott the Olympics and future business with Korea. The US teams should boycott the Olympics in 2018 as well for this reason. There is a place in hell for these people, and they should remember how they torture animals they will be tortured as well as the rest of the world turns their cheeks and ignores their cries. Social media should do more now that it is a global issue Now the posts must go to twitter and gain more attention. to the country and its constituents BURN IN HELL!!

  14. annamaria colombo
    annamaria colomboAugust 21,16

    Please stop with this , always they have to soffer why? this is horribe, let s respect and love their life pleae

  15. ely mens
    ely mensJanuary 19,17

    Please, stop this awful cruelty against these very poor, abandoned animals. It is heartbreaking to see their immense suffering and it makes me cry!!!
    We need to feel compassion and to teach our children that animals need to be treated with love and respect because they belong; exactly like we do; to the circle of life!
    And that is what we try to teach our children and grandchildren; to live on a planet with a high civilization; together with all these beautiful animals without cruelty.

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