Our dedicated volunteer, Molly Nemec, forwarded to us the response she received from the Livestock Department of the City of Cheongju, regarding our campaign urging Cheongju to end the illegal dog and cat meat industries. Thank you, Molly. Click HERE to view our campaign.
We very much appreciate the City of Cheonjug for taking the time to respond. However, their whitewashed response is both inaccurate and incomplete. This is typical of the responses we receive from the Korean government, which places responsibility for their actions elsewhere. We do not agree with their claims as the dog and cat meat industry violates many Korean laws. Click HERE to learn more.
Despite this attempt to gloss over the truth, we feel our campaign has been a success as the Cheongju Government is now well aware that their actions are being monitored by people from all over the world. Let’s keep the pressure on the Korean Government until they aren’t able to stand it any longer.
Below is the translation.
City of Cheongju
Regarding: Response to your petition to shut down dog farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
1. Below is our response to your petition to shut down illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
a. According to the “Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act,” livestock animals must be slaughtered at a licensed slaughterhouse. However, dogs are not classified as livestock in the same law. Therefore, the slaughter, distribution, and consumption of dogs are not subject to the “Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act.”
b. In the Animal Protection Action’s provisions prohibiting animal cruelty, there is no provision regarding the “slaughter of animals for human consumption.” Therefore, we feel that it’s difficult to view the slaughter of dogs as an illegal act.
c. Boiling and feeding food waste to the dogs is not a violation of the “Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act “. (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Notification Number 2017-28: Animal Feed Standard and Criteria)
2. We appreciate your interest in the protection of animals and going forward we, the City of Cheongju, will have animal protection and welfare in mind as we actively initiate city policies.
Mayor of Cheonju