Busan KAPCA working hard to close down dog-slaughtering at Gupo Market
This is a translation of the December 10th, 2013 news on Busan Ilbo: “Stopping dog-slaughtering requires changes to the Animal Protection Act” and “Dog-slaughtering is not even illegal so the animal rights organizations have gone too far”.
Animal rights organizations are using mainly the Building Act and other laws, not the Animal Protection Act, to stop the dog-slaughtering.
Animal rights organizations who explain their actions as inevitable, as the current Animal Protection Act cannot stop the dog-slaughtering, and the dog-meat business owners who claim that this flood of civil complaints by the animal rights organizations are hampering their businesses, are tensely head to head on this matter.
According to the Busan Northern District government, the number of civil complaints filed this year by Busan KAPCA (Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) against the dog- slaughtering businesses reached 105 cases. Among these, cases for the violation of the Animal Protection Act are only about 20.
The remaining civil complaints against the dog-slaughtering businesses were for the suspicion of the violations of other laws, not the Animal Protection Act. The majority of the civil complaints were for the violation of the Building Act for unauthorized buildings, the violation of the Outdoor Advertisement Management Law for not properly displaying signs, the violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and Food Sanitation Act for failure to be properly equipped for the slaughtering of not only the dogs but ducks and chickens as well.
The director for the Busan KAPCA, Aera Kim, stated, “Since the police and the district office is telling us that they cannot crack down on dog-slaughtering based on the Animal Protection Act, we are forced to report these businesses using roundabout ways.”
As a matter of fact, none of the dog-slaughtering businesses at Gupo Market has been charged for the violation of the Animal Protection Act this year.
According to Article 8 of the Animal Protection Act, killing by cruel methods such as hanging or killing in front of other animals of the same species are punishable. However, the enforcement agencies’ argument is that the interpretation of “cruel methods” is vague and it is difficult to prove.
Dog-meat business owners are up in arms saying that the animal rights organizations are interfering with their business. One of the “health food center” owners at Gupo Market stated, “Because of the activities of the animal rights organizations, nearly half of these businesses are about to close down next year. The law does not ban dog-slaughtering therefore the actions of the animal rights organizations have gone too far.”