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Yeongwol, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Yeongwol Mayor Choi Myeong-Seo

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

In Yeongwol, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty.


Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea


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A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Yeongwol’s dog meat demand.

Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Shops” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants”.

The searches resulted in: 145 Health Food Shops; and 41 dog meat restaurants in and around Yeongwol.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in and around Yeongwol in order to supply all of these outlets.

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Call for Action!

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Yeongwol Mayor and the County Council TODAY!

  • Yeongwol County Council homepage does not publish council members’ email addresses. Online contact form is also not available. Please send them postal letter. See below for the postal address.
  • Send letters:
    Mayor Choi Myeong-Seo
    Yeongwol County
    64 Hasong-ro, Yeongwol-eup, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 26235
    South Korea

    Mayor’s address in Korean:
    최명서 영월군수님
    영월군청
    (26235) 강원도 영월군 영월읍 하송로 64
    South Korea

    Yeongwol County Council
    64 Hasong-ro, Yeongwol-eup, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 26235
    South Korea

    Yeongwol County Council’s address in Korean:
    영월군의회
    (26235) 강원도 영월군 영월읍 하송로 64
    South Korea

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    Subject: Yeongwol, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

    Petition: Yeongwol, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
    https://www.change.org/p/yeongwol-mayor-choi-myeong-seo-yeongwol-south-korea-shut-down-the-illegal-dog-meat-farms-slaughterhouses-and-markets

    Dear Mayor Choi Myeong-Seo and the Yeongwol County Council members,

    Please watch this documentary, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea” https://youtu.be/cCdTceduKcY.

    We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your county. We request that an official document be issued, mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges:

    Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

    Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

    Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

    The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation.

    The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

    Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

    Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

    Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely.

    Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption.

    Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537 http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/

    The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Urging all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against such trade”. (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401)

    International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your county’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested.

    [Your Name & City/Country]

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