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Mayor Marick receives ‘whitewash’ reply from Anseong

In response to our Sister City Campaign/petition, and the many e-mails received from concerned individuals, Mayor Christine Marick’s office made contact with their counterparts in Anseong. Click HERE for the Sister City Campaign!

The City of Brea recently received numerous e-mails from concerned individuals regarding Anseong, Korea – Brea’s Sister City. The e-mails made upsetting accusations regarding alleged abuse of dogs in Anseong, Korea. City of Brea staff immediately reached out to representatives of the Brea Korean Sister City Association (BKSCA) to help ascertain the validity of these comments. The BKSCA reached out to their counterparts in Korea and received a quick response from their city offices. Anseong Sister City representatives assured that the alleged practices are in fact illegal in Anseong, and carry severe penalties. Rest assured, the City of Brea strongly disapproves of any inhumane animal treatment and will continue to monitor the situation.
-Christine Marick Mayor

Response from Mayor of Brea_Christine Marick

We are very grateful to Mayor Marick and her colleagues for taking swift action; however, we are disappointed that the City of Brea has been ‘brushed off’ with the disingenuous reply from the city offices in Anseong, who were quick to respond but simply stated that “the alleged practices are in fact illegal in Anseong, and carry severe penalties”.

Call For Action

We are again contacting Mayor Marick, to thank her for responding to our concerns but to point out that, although the Anseong statement is true, it is whitewashing the fact that these laws are neither policed nor enforced; and merely put in place “to shun criticism from foreign countries.” (as quoted by Dr Dog: Ann Yong-Geun, August 2011).

Click HERE for Mayor Marick’s email addresses and contact info!

Sample Letter to Mayor Marick

Dog and Cat Cruelty and Abuse in Anseong, South Korea, for the meat trade.

Dear Mayor Marick,

We would like to thank you very much for responding to our petition asking for you to make contact with Mayor Eun-Seong Hwang of Anseong, to urge him to put an end to this trade and thereby the cruelty it embodies.

We note, with sadness, however, that the response you received from their city offices is completely disingenuous in that they are simply confirming that these laws are in place in their country. What they appear to have failed to deny is that these laws are being transgressed throughout South Korea on a daily basis: the collected evidence speaks for itself, for example the filming by the Korea Observer, published on Youtube, the clip of which was referenced in our petition.

This video, confirming such transgression, is not an isolated example: many pictures, videos, and witness testimonies from caring South Korean Citizens, are available for public viewing on many forms of social media.

As noted in a letter to President Obama, the following laws are in place in South Korea, but they are being transgressed all over the country in many ways, including in Anseong; for example:

• Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, Article 2, Item 1 – technically makes the dog meat industry illegal
• Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1 – does not include dogs in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food, therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal
• Animal Protection Act, Article 3 – basic principles for protection of animals: in violation of these principles, dogs and cats are kept in unsanitary and appallingly inhumane conditions whilst being raised or bred for this industry
• Animal Protection Act, Article 8 – prohibition of animal abuse: dogs and cats are deliberately made to suffer throughout their lives and through the purposefully prolonged deaths (they are boiled alive, beaten or blowtorched to death etc.), in the ignorant belief that this will make the meat more delicious, or the medicinal properties more efficacious
• Animal Protection Act, Article 9 – animal transportation: the methods of transportation for dogs destined for the meat trade violate this act: tied by neck behind vehicles, packed tightly into cages, which are multi-stacked on top of each other, with no welfare considerations whatsoever
• Animal Protection Act, Article 46 – Punishment: policing and enforcement of these laws does not happen – generally a flat denial of any wrong-doing is given

In addition, Yong-Geun Ann(professor at the Department of Food and Nutrition at Chung Cheong College, and president of The Korean Society of Food and Nutrition – and self-named ‘Dr Dog’), contrary to recognized medical evidence, actively promotes dog eating (“The World Health Organization has warned that eating dog meat increases the risk of contracting cholera 20-fold”).

It is worth noting, too, that while trying to justify dog eating, Mr Ann is quoted in The Korea Herald, (August 2011), as saying :
“Ironically, many of the people who oppose the eating of dog meat are Korea’s own animal protection activists. The government supported these groups by enacting an animal protection law to shun criticism from foreign countries.”

To illustrate the scale of the dog meat business in Anseong, a simple search for “Anseong Dog Meat Restaurant” on a popular search engine in South Korea (called Naver business directory search) produced a list of 71 search results. This proves just how many dog farms and slaughterhouses there must be in, or in close proximity to that city, to be able to supply meat to all of these restaurants (and how many others?).

Mayor Marick, we, therefore, urge you to once again review the evidence, and to do everything in your power to help bring an end to the dog meat trade in your Sister City, Anseong.

Sincerely,

Search Engine shows the sickening scale of Anseong’s dog-meat demand

Below are 3 search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) for dog meat restaurant using three different names used for dog meat soup: Boshintang, Sacheoltang and Youngyangtang.

This search resulted in 71 restaurants and businesses in and around the city of Anseong alone. If there are this many restaurants that just serve dog meat soup, imagine how many more dog farms and slaughterhouses would be present in and around Anseong to supply the wider dog-meat demand.
It’s too scary to think about it.

Victory! Mayor Marick of Brea, California responded

Victory! Mayor Marick of Brea, California responded

Victory! Mayor Marick of Brea, California responded

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  1. kenneth talbott
    kenneth talbottMay 9,16

    it isn’t so much the fact that you are eating dogs but the torture and treatment in doing it. this is so wrong. there is no place for cruelty anywhere in the world…

    • avis lyons lyons
      avis lyons lyonsMay 10,16

      its wicked and evil ,torture and barbaric cruelty is unacceptable for any living thing

    • hank joe
      hank joeMay 16,16

      No you are wrong and eating dogs is wrong

    • Karen Toups
      Karen ToupsMay 16,16

      You are 100 percent correct
      It’s about power money and greed ALL BASED ON MYTH AND IGNORANCE

  2. Cheryl Brown
    Cheryl BrownMay 9,16

    This heartless,sickening,evil acts on these beautiful dogs & cats has to STOP!!!!! Yes there are laws that are to STOP this horrific acts of cruelty & torture BUT these laws are not being followed nor inforced by people with authority !!!! They must start doing their jobs & make sure these so called human beings are following the laws that are in place.We are NOT going away,with social media you can NO longer hide the evil,heartless,sickening,barbaric acts of pain & torture on these beautiful & smart dogs & cats !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We all frown down on such countries as yours & will NEVER support such barbaric countries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All beings created by God deserve respect & dignity.God did NOT create cruelty……. MANKIND did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME on all of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Mireille Urbain
    Mireille UrbainMay 9,16

    Tuer des êtres vivants pour les manger est une abomination. Les animaux et en particulier les chiens et les chats qui vivent chez nous, parmi nous et font partie de notre famille ne sont pas de la nourriture. Une telle cruauté est inacceptable. Il faut que ce massacre s’arrête. Il y a suffisamment d’autres nourritures pour ne pas torturer, blesser, tuer de pauvres animaux, comme les chiens et chats innocents. Agir ainsi est une véritable honte pour tout le pays.

  4. Carole Wilson
    Carole WilsonMay 9,16

    There is such vast cruelty within the dog and cat meat trade one cannot even begin to understand the reality of suffering these poor animals endure in the hands of a species for whom they call themselves human beings. NO human being should ever inflict such barbarism towards another living species with only a different appearance than themself. We are most disappointed with the result of or campaign which proves a true reflection on S.Korea as being the monsters they truly are. We will NEVER support this country or any other country who conduct such evil vile cruelty. S. Korean Goverment must have no intelligence , compassion or respect. If or When this country suffers any natural disater we the humans of the world shall not support in any charity of aid.
    You are a country of disgrace , you Governent and people show no mercy. You are a race of evil beings and there is NO place in this world for evil. The world disrespects you and your country will in turn financially suffer . What goes around, comes around.

  5. Mary Willer
    Mary WillerMay 9,16

    In good conscience I will boycott any country involved in such savage behavior. Karma is coming so recognize it.

  6. stella maris argento
    stella maris argentoMay 9,16

    desde Argentina estoy luchando para terminar con éste sadismo para alimentarse con perros y gatos! exigimos que se aplique la Ley de protección con TODOS los perros en general y sin distinción ! Y que no haya Festival Boknal en Corea, en el mes de Junio y agosto. Por favor!!!!

  7. Brenda
    BrendaMay 9,16

    South Korea it’s a cruel and in humane country by the treatment that it gives to the vulnerable and innocent the animals,especially cats and dogs the way this country torture barbarically this our companions for consumption is just tragic and vile,this country known as South Korea should have a complete ban on cats and dogs since they are so disgusting that they torture the animals in the most crueled way possible,the country itself should have sanctions placed for their in humane cruelty!

  8. Laura Berben
    Laura BerbenMay 10,16

    I can’t watch these videos because they raise my blood pressure to dangerous levels! THIS HORRIFIC TORTURE OF INNOCENT DOMESTICATED ANIMALS MUST BE STOPPED! THE ENTIRE PLANET IS DEGRADED BY THE PEOPLE WHO CARRY OUT THESE TORTURES AND THE ONLY WAY IT CAN HEAL IS IF THESE CRIMINALS ARE IMPRISONED!

  9. hank joe
    hank joeMay 10,16

    As you can see there is no God and never was

    • matet
      matetMay 10,16

      pas faux!!!!!!!!

    • Gayle
      GayleMay 15,16

      Hank, I find your statement as lowlife as I do the Evil of these that torture for their own selfishness! God has always been, always will and always sees! People like you make me as sick as the ones who torture his creatures! Stop blaming or denying God for what others do in this world! No one, including God, said life would be easy! How easy it is for ones like you to blame or deny God for the Evil that others do! God has his judgement and we are given strength to fight such inhumanity….except you, who would rather use it as an excuse to deny!!!!

      • Clair Hart
        Clair HartMay 16,16

        Hi Gayle, I think the issue here is really about the torture and unimaginable suffering we humans inflict on defenceless cats and dogs in Korea. I think such a vitriolic attack on Hank was unnecessary, he is clearly on the site because he has probably signed petitions agains this heinous practise just like the rest of us, and therefore he deserves thanks for taking action. We’re all allowed an opinion, and frankly, I agree with him. If there was a God, why would he, if we are all god’s creatures allow such horrific cruelty to be inflicted upon those who have NO defence against the monsters who clearly delight in torturing others. It is said that God does not give any more to deal with than we can handle. Well, these animals can’t handle what is being done to them, and frankly, after YEARS of campaigning against animal abuse from protecting whales and bats, dogs and cats and everything, literally, in between, I find myself suffering from chronic depression and flashbacks from awful videos I’ve endured in my fight to understand why this happens. The animals on this planet suffer a holocaust every second of every day at the hands of humans, so where is God when they need him ? Where is God when I need him? Instead of directing your anger at someone who makes a perfectly valid point, and is entirely entitled to do do, focus your anger on those bastards who really deserve it. Respectfully, Clair.

        • Karen Toups
          Karen ToupsMay 16,16

          The time you’re wasting arguing about God could be put to better use.. Signing petitions or writing or calling embassies!!

          I Don’t Think the dogs are thinking about God!! BUT ONE THING I KNOW IS
          HELL IS ON EARTH FOR THESE POOR INNOCENT ANIMALS

  10. Pat gee
    Pat geeMay 10,16

    The mentality of these humans very sick who by the look on there faces enjoy suffering to these animals No Soul No heart It’s Hell on Earth

  11. Elaine Brum
    Elaine BrumMay 11,16

    Stop that evil act ,stop killing dogs and cats.

  12. Jayne Fawcett
    Jayne FawcettMay 11,16

    The people in the united states will be made aware of the fact that your people are torturing innocent helpless animals and killing them. You do not enforce the laws that you have in place to protect the animals so the laws are made useless by you. It is just for pretense and matters not to you because you want to reap the profit from your horrific companion animal meat industry. We have fought and exposed the japanese people for murdering the dolphins and now we need to do the same with your people so all people in the world can be made aware of your cruel nation and your actions. You can no longer hide behind laws you refuse to enforce and continue to profit. Many people in the United States will no longer purchase your products when they learn of your savagery and barbaric actions. Your Hundais and your samsung and your LG and your kias,and all your products will not be purchased anymore and you will lose so much money..and not only that..Hollywood has many actors and actresses who get involved in these types of crimes against animals and can quickly expose your nation as the ruthless people that you are. This is so wrong and you will soon pay for not upholding the laws put in place to protect the animals..when these things allvtake place for you, remember the animal activists in your own country who tried to stop this and have to share the shame of being a citizen of such a cruel and barbaric nation of people..

    • Jerry Coccoli
      Jerry CoccoliMay 15,16

      EXCELLENT- ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT. This Savagery MUST BE STOPPED.

    • Gayle
      GayleMay 15,16

      Jayne, don’t know where you are from, but you need to know what you are talking about when you state the people of the United States! Every country has the same issues of inhumanity and needs to be stopped! I know of the companies that profit from cruelty of other living beings and I do not buy their products and boycott their companies! Trying to stop the cruelty towards any living being in ANY country is what animal advocates do! WTH does living in the US have to do with wanting to stop this inhumanity! I fight for animals no matter what country it is! Should someone overlook the suffering and injustice of another country because they live in another! What is your friggin problem….you seem to miss the point of the injustice done to all….everywhere!!!!

  13. Marla Humphreys
    Marla HumphreysMay 12,16

    Laws mean nothing if they aren’t enforced.

  14. Monique Holzer
    Monique HolzerMay 15,16

    Please do something to stop these horrific acts of inhumanity and disgrace!!!

  15. Jerry Coccoli
    Jerry CoccoliMay 15,16

    THEY ARE SAVAGES: Why are we PROTECTING these savages with our
    American troops? There should be a QUID PRO QUO. We will protect you, BUT YOUR COUNTRY STOPS TORTURING, MUTILATING
    AND EATING DOGS. Join the civilized world.

    • George Deprelle
      George DeprelleMay 15,16

      I completely agree with you.

  16. Lisa Ramey
    Lisa RameyMay 15,16

    Poor doggies they are defenseless, helpless, voiceless and confusing of why they are hurting them? STOP IT~ The dogs are suppose to be men’s best friends. What happen? Eating dogs are disgusting!!! Who killing dogs/cats to make profit to sell them at places are demons. No hearts! Stop! Please~

    • George Deprelle
      George DeprelleMay 15,16

      Koreans beeing world’s greatest hypocrits, will never have FRIENDS, so can’t understand friendship drom dogs and cats.

  17. Ronnie Dispain
    Ronnie DispainMay 15,16

    Dogs and cats are pets not food.

  18. christina Pafitis
    christina PafitisMay 15,16

    why cant everyone just go vegan how easy life will be and all animals can live in peace really humans for goodness sakes

  19. Demeulemeester Frie
    Demeulemeester FrieMay 15,16

    You do not enforce the laws that you have in place to protect the animals so the laws are made useless by you. It is just for pretense and matters not to you because you want to reap the profit from your horrific companion animal meat industry. We have fought and exposed the Japanese people for murdering the dolphins and now we need to do the same with your people so all people in the world can be made aware of your cruel nation and your actions. You can no longer hide behind laws you refuse to enforce and continue to profit. Even People all voer the world they now it,
    A live in Belgium, not in the US, we call your country, the dog savages, the dog eaters, the people with NO HEART, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVES THERE MONEY BEFORE THE WELL BEING, OF THESE POOR ANIMALS. You are all murderess.

    • Gayle
      GayleMay 15,16

      Demeulemeester, well said!

  20. alison knight
    alison knightMay 15,16

    What an absolute disgrace and evil country. This should be stopped immediately. The torture is horrendous to these loving dogs. I am unable to watch the video as it makes me cry. Barbaric race.

  21. Carol Diack
    Carol DiackMay 15,16

    This is unacceptable, barbaric cruelty, STOP NOW

  22. Suzanne Spiers
    Suzanne SpiersMay 15,16

    Evil practice that shows no empathy for the animals and complete disregard for their suffering. I hope that publicity is such that Korean people stop eating dog meat permanently. This is psychopathic at worst and narcissistic at best and all it does is show that you have lost your hearts and souls and are sub-human. Shame on the Korean Government and its leaders for allowing this atrocity!

  23. LISA BAILEY
    LISA BAILEYMay 15,16

    No mercy, compassion, humanity or empathy – despicable vile behaviour in 2016 – you bring shame on the human race !

  24. pierre chantelauze
    pierre chantelauzeMay 15,16

    These animals have the gift of life , givan by God or Nature . They have SOULS , the devils who butcher them have NO SOULS .
    These ugly actions make this planet a hell . These sweet animals are tortured in a horrible way , these people torture our souls too.

  25. Martina Bergström
    Martina BergströmMay 15,16

    Please STOP THIS!

  26. Cindy
    CindyMay 15,16

    Put an end to this!!!!

  27. DIANE REUTER
    DIANE REUTERMay 15,16

    Stop the cruelty and torture. Reinforce your laws and take control of your people that inflict such inhumane treatment to dogs and cats. It sickens me. I cannot even bare to watch this video. I know the end result.

  28. David DeRienzo
    David DeRienzoMay 15,16

    Until this insane barbarism is stopped, and the Korean gov’t realizes that the killing of dogs and cats is inhumane — and enforces its laws against such horrible actions — I will NOT SPEND EVEN ONE PENNY on anything imported into America from Korea. I will boycott the Olympics, and I will spread the word to my fellow Americans. This MUST STOP NOW!!!!!!!!!

  29. sherie haines
    sherie hainesMay 15,16

    This has to stop ! It’s beyond wicked and it’s backward society needs to be brought to justice

  30. Shin Takahashi
    Shin TakahashiMay 16,16

    Killing the dogs MUST Stop because dogs are friend of our mankind and there are plenty of meats to be eat rather than meat of our friend.

  31. Jayne Fawcett
    Jayne FawcettMay 16,16

    Gayle, fyi I sign every petition against animal cruelty that I come accross.I became a vegetarian years ago because of factory farming and the cruelty against farm animals in the u.s.I make sure I don’t vote for it by giving my money to it and driving the market for it.I lend my voice as often as I can to the voiceless and the helpless. This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that I have come accross because of the belief that somehow the meat is better if the animals are tortured and die slowly.This suffering the animals are made to endure(dogs and cats mind you) is beyond comprehension.I’ve missed nothing. I think it is you who needs to get your ego in check. This isn’t a contest, its a forum to try and help save dogs and cats in South Korea.Maybe you need to save the criticism for social media such as Facebook. (no offence. just not the time or place for that) lots all do what we think we can here to help stop this.

  32. Jayne Fawcett
    Jayne FawcettMay 16,16

    Gayle, fyi I sign every petition against animal cruelty that I come accross.I became a vegetarian years ago because of factory farming and the cruelty against farm animals in the u.s.I make sure I don’t vote for it by giving my money to it and driving the market for it.I lend my voice as often as I can to the voiceless and the helpless. This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that I have come accross because of the belief that somehow the meat is better if the animals are tortured and die slowly.This suffering the animals are made to endure(dogs and cats mind you) is beyond comprehension.I’ve missed nothing. I think it is you who needs to get your ego in check. This isn’t a contest, its a forum to try and help save dogs and cats in South Korea.Maybe you need to save the criticism for social media such as Facebook. (no offence. just not the time or place for that) lets all do what we think we can here to help stop this.

  33. Janice Wyndham-Quin
    Janice Wyndham-QuinMay 16,16

    The practice of killing cats and dogs in the most cruel and savage way is absolutely disgusting…. PLEASE STOP THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Lidia
    LidiaMay 16,16

    La única visión que hay para el resto de países, es que son unos salvajes e inhumanizados, o prohíben esa práctica o el resto del mundo les está deseando lo peor a todos los niveles

  35. Traceyann Owen
    Traceyann OwenMay 16,16

    Please put an end to this! Animals don’t deserve this pain & suffering to be inflicted upon them! I am absolutely appalled that this is being allowed to continue in todays society. Please stop it 🙁

  36. B Mayden
    B MaydenMay 17,16

    This so uncivilized. How can one take the life of a loyal dog. They must be heathens. Animals treat others animals better. These people are sub human beings below any animal of character. Just horrific. I would never travel to a country who treat their own animals with such cruelty. All the countries that treat their animals like this should not be traveled to. We should not give them any money that would support these type of subhumans. The horror is not what I would expect any tourist would want to see their hard earn money supporting a cruel country that supports animal torture. What a cruel cruel place. It must be hell.

  37. A Kelly
    A KellyMay 17,16

    I agree we should stop all money supply to these countries who treat animals in cruel torturous way. These counties do not need any of our help to continue on with their uncivilized manner of treating animals in a wicked manner. Boycott these animal cruelty countries. Don’t give them a dime. Put the olympics elsewhere!!!!

  38. Gudrun Brante
    Gudrun BranteMay 17,16

    It is so cruel and barbaric to eat dogs and cats . What kind of people are this . You are monster

  39. Nancy Sewell
    Nancy SewellMay 17,16

    Action rather than words may make a difference. The authorities do not punish people for breaking the dog meat law. Disassociation may be called for.

  40. Barby. Newton
    Barby. NewtonMay 18,16

    Oh how brutal and cruel as it can get, how do you who perform these acts sleep at night with so much blood on your hands?? UGH!!

    • Barby. Newton
      Barby. NewtonMay 18,16

      My tears come down so often for their little souls

  41. Caroline
    CarolineMay 19,16

    There is no place for this barbaric torture in today’s world. Stop this now. Shame on you

  42. chaitanya
    chaitanyaMay 21,16

    You reap wht you sow

  43. Andrzej Kubicki
    Andrzej KubickiMay 25,16

    Stop this now. Shame on you

  44. Ginger Hill
    Ginger HillMay 26,16

    So heartless and lacking feeling for other being’s pain and suffering. So shameful!

  45. Corinne
    CorinneJune 4,16

    Arrêtez de torturer ces pauvres animaux ! ce sont nos bébés, nos enfants…
    Vous êtes inhumains…
    STOP STOP STOP !!!!!
    I BOYCOTT KOREA !

  46. Jodi
    JodiJune 7,16

    The greatness of a nation is shown in how it treats its’ animals. This barbaric torture has to end!

  47. ana
    anaJune 18,16

    Stop this cruelty .

  48. Mary Stacy
    Mary StacyJune 24,16

    STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!

  49. Chris Sante
    Chris SanteJune 30,16

    Fuck Samsung! Fuck LG!
    I’ll Never buy any korean product even those hypocrital bastards still slaughts innocent pets.
    Fuck the 2018 Winter Olympics too !!!

  50. VANE
    VANEJuly 10,16

    STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FESTIVAL DE ASESINOS!!!!!!!!

  51. Neville Bruce
    Neville BruceJuly 18,16

    I, and others, continue to boycott these companies, that refused to reply to us, and to publicise these facts. I presume they will wait until their profits are suitably affected before acting, but we will continue our boycotts for at least twice that term, as a reaction to their mercenary lack of integrity, in the face of this cruelty and criminality.

  52. Chenoa MacSweeney
    Chenoa MacSweeneySeptember 27,16

    Dear Mayor Marick,

    We would like to thank you very much for responding to our petition asking for you to make contact with Mayor Eun-Seong Hwang of Anseong, to urge him to put an end to this trade and thereby the cruelty it embodies.

    We note, with sadness, however, that the response you received from their city offices is completely disingenuous in that they are simply confirming that these laws are in place in their country. What they appear to have failed to deny is that these laws are being transgressed throughout South Korea on a daily basis: the collected evidence speaks for itself, for example the filming by the Korea Observer, published on Youtube, the clip of which was referenced in our petition.

    This video, confirming such transgression, is not an isolated example: many pictures, videos, and witness testimonies from caring South Korean Citizens, are available for public viewing on many forms of social media.

    As noted in a letter to President Obama, the following laws are in place in South Korea, but they are being transgressed all over the country in many ways, including in Anseong; for example:

    • Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, Article 2, Item 1 – technically makes the dog meat industry illegal
    • Food Sanitation Act, Article 7, Clause 1 – does not include dogs in the list of raw materials that can be processed and cooked as food, therefore making raising and slaughtering dogs for consumption illegal
    • Animal Protection Act, Article 3 – basic principles for protection of animals: in violation of these principles, dogs and cats are kept in unsanitary and appallingly inhumane conditions whilst being raised or bred for this industry
    • Animal Protection Act, Article 8 – prohibition of animal abuse: dogs and cats are deliberately made to suffer throughout their lives and through the purposefully prolonged deaths (they are boiled alive, beaten or blowtorched to death etc.), in the ignorant belief that this will make the meat more delicious, or the medicinal properties more efficacious
    • Animal Protection Act, Article 9 – animal transportation: the methods of transportation for dogs destined for the meat trade violate this act: tied by neck behind vehicles, packed tightly into cages, which are multi-stacked on top of each other, with no welfare considerations whatsoever
    • Animal Protection Act, Article 46 – Punishment: policing and enforcement of these laws does not happen – generally a flat denial of any wrong-doing is given

    In addition, Yong-Geun Ann(professor at the Department of Food and Nutrition at Chung Cheong College, and president of The Korean Society of Food and Nutrition – and self-named ‘Dr Dog’), contrary to recognized medical evidence, actively promotes dog eating (“The World Health Organization has warned that eating dog meat increases the risk of contracting cholera 20-fold”).

    It is worth noting, too, that while trying to justify dog eating, Mr Ann is quoted in The Korea Herald, (August 2011), as saying :
    “Ironically, many of the people who oppose the eating of dog meat are Korea’s own animal protection activists. The government supported these groups by enacting an animal protection law to shun criticism from foreign countries.”

    To illustrate the scale of the dog meat business in Anseong, a simple search for “Anseong Dog Meat Restaurant” on a popular search engine in South Korea (called Naver business directory search) produced a list of 71 search results. This proves just how many dog farms and slaughterhouses there must be in, or in close proximity to that city, to be able to supply meat to all of these restaurants (and how many others?).

    Mayor Marick, we, therefore, urge you to once again review the evidence, and to do everything in your power to help bring an end to the dog meat trade in your Sister City, Anseong.

    Sincerely,

  53. Vickey Baker
    Vickey BakerDecember 8,16

    STOP THE KILLING OF THESE WONDERFUL ANIMALS!!! GOD IS WATCHING AND YOU WILL BE JUDGED FOR THE TORTURE, AND ABUSE OF HIS PRECIOUS ANIMALS. I’M SURE HE WILL HAVE A VERY HOT PLACE FOR YOU!!!

  54. MS
    MSJune 23,17

    PLEASE bring attention to the horrors inflicted on hundreds of thousands of dogs AND cats in South Korea on barbaric ‘meat dog’ farms. — WHAT RATIONAL, COMPASSIONATE, MORAL & RESPECTABLE SOCIETY WOULD ALLOW THIS?  — Where’s the rationality?  —  Where’s the compassion?  —  This is pure insanity and horror beyond the pale — PLEASE, LET’S DO THE RIGHT THING —  LET’S ABOLISH THESE DRACONIAN, BRUTAL FARMS — LET’S RESCUE THESE DOGS & CATS.

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