Breaking News!! South Korean Government to Set 5-year Plan on Animal Welfare
The Korea Bizwire reported on July 3, “South Korea’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday it is drawing up a five-year plan on improving the welfare of animals in the country, which will focus on adopting tougher regulations against animal cruelty and providing them with a better living environment.”
They reported, “Under the 2020-2024 plan which is anticipated to be announced in December, the South Korean government will revise animal-related regulations in different areas from raising pets to carrying out animal tests, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Among others, the government said it will redefine the scope of actions that can be considered as animal cruelty. When implemented, abandoning pets also will be considered an abusive action and violators will face stronger punishment. Any maltreatment that leads to the death of animals may be punishable with a jail term of three years or a fine of 30 million won (US$25,638), up from the current ceiling of two years and 20 million won.”
According to the report, “Breeding farms will be required to provide better living conditions for animals in terms of the size of cages and the number of employees…. The government will also prepare guidelines to cope with stray animals, including making shelters for pets in case of disasters.”
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This is a great news and a big step towards the ending of dog and cat meat cruelty in South Korea. Let’s keep up our pressure on South Korea until the dog and cat meat trade ends!