S. Korean government’s response to our petition to close down Moran Market dog slaughterhouses
We received the response below, sent on 1/18/14 from the Department of Animal Disease Control of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Basically this letter is saying that the South Korean government WILL DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to stop the dog and cat meat consumption and that they will continue with their current policy of allowing the criminals to murder millions of companion animals every year just because their citizens want to continue eating dogs and cats!!! They will continue to ignore the agony and suffering of these animals!!! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on South Korea!!!
The following letter is from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety mailed on 1/9/2014.
Here is the translation:
1. This is in regards to the petition to our department with registration number V20130004452(2014.01.02).
2. Below are our responses to your questions.
a. To consume meat from livestock, the process of slaughtering and processing must be sanitary. The meat must be from livestock not having contracted and not suspected of being contaminated with infectious diseases. Therefore, they must be slaughtered and processed at licensed, sanitary slaughterhouses and veterinarians or qualified inspectors must inspect them in order for them to be used for raw materials, for processing or manufacturing of food.
b. However, dogs are not regarded as livestock under the “Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act” which makes it unnecessary to monitor that the slaughtering and processing is done in a sanitary manner, nor is the conducting of inspections required. Moreover, there is no social consensus on dog meat’s integrity as food. Therefore, dog meat is currently not approved as food.
c. However, Koreans have been cooking and eating dogs for a long time, so we are not prohibiting the cooking and selling of dog meat at restaurants.
d. In addition, if a dog meat restaurant is licensed under the “Food Sanitation Act”, the business operator is responsible for the sanitary handling of food and for complying with the provisions of the “Food Sanitation Act”. And in case of violations, they become subject to administrative measures based on the law.
3. If our response was inadequate or if you have additional questions, please contact Food Policy Mediation Division (Hyun-Sook Jeong, Tel. 043-719-2045 or email: email@example.com) and for questions regarding the food raw materials, contact Food Standardization Division (Eun-Jin Choi, Tel. 043-719-2434 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org). We will provide consultation in a friendly and quick way.
You can find information regarding food, from our homepage (http://www.mfds.go.kr) or Food Nara homepage ( http://www.foodnara.go.kr). Please visit us online! Have a nice day! Thank you! The End.
In short, what they are saying is that the dog meat industry is illegal but since too many people are breaking the law and it’s been overlooked for far too long, they will continue to protect this illegal, criminal industry while millions of innocent animals are tortured and brutally killed every year!!! Is South Korea a Third World Developing Country???…
The following letter is from the Ministry of Environment mailed on 1/13/2014:
This letter states that our petition should be addressed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs so they have forwarded our petition to that Ministry.
Pointing fingers at someone else… Very typical of the South Korean government…