Chungcheongbuk-do Province’s response to our petition on e-People

Below is Chungcheongbuk-do Province’s response to our petition: Chungcheongbuk-do Province, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Below is our translation:

The controversy over utilizing dogs as food in Korea has been going on for a long period of time. As the number of companion animals exceeds 10 million in recent years, dogs have become part of the family with people, rather than just animals, and overall awareness of companion animals has improved and negative perceptions of dog meat consumption are spreading. However, dogs are not included in the livestock products prescribed by the Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, so even if a dog is slaughtered for meat, it is not covered by the slaughter, processing and sales regulations for livestock products stipulated by the Act. Since the dog meat industry has already been around for a long time, it is not an issue that can be resolved within a short period of time. This will need to be changed little by little through the social consensus of our citizens.

Nonetheless, Chungcheongbuk-do is conducting an inspection of animal-related businesses at least once a year to promote a proper animal protection culture, and related departments are working to prevent illegal activities – an example of this is that our animal feed department is inspecting food waste recycling companies.

In addition, we are continuing to promote animal protection in the neighborhood and councils, and we are actively promoting policies on animal protection by investing 11.1 billion won (approximately $980K USD) in six projects.

In the future, we will discuss with the central and other related departments in an effort to eradicate illegal dog slaughter.

Please take action and send your petition through e-People today. If they have to address and respond to hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands of petitions on this issue; then perhaps they will finally be put under enough pressure to take action to bring this horrific animal cruelty to an end.

Our campaign is still effective because now they are aware that the eyes of the world are watching what’s going on in their county’s dog meat industry. Let’s keep up the pressure by taking action!

Below is our comments on the satisfaction survey regarding their response:

We are not satisfied with the response to our petition, due to the following key reasons:

it fails to substantiate and evidence what direct actions the Chungcheongbuk-do Province is taking to enforce existing laws to disrupt the entrenched dog meat trade in South Korea. We have not been provided, in this response, with any evidence of any direct actions taken by the Chungcheongbuk-do Province, such as recorded information relating to inspections, monitoring and actual enforcement action taken against violators, in relation to dog meat farming, slaughterhouses and businesses selling dog meat and dog meat products (such as dog elixir and dog soju);

it fails to show what actions the Chungcheongbuk-do Province is taking with regard to proposing amendments to existing legislation or bringing in new legislation to address and end the dog and cat meat trade, and

it fails to formally acknowledge the existence of the illicit dog and cat meat trade within South Korea and the problems this poses to human health, animal welfare and organized crime, which has been widely documented by both domestic and international NGO’s and animal charities (and has also been raised as an international area of concern by many western governments with South Korea and its diplomatic missions).

  1. Sofia Jensen
    Sofia JensenJanuary 28,19

    Please do what it takes to stop the cat and dog meat consumption. It’s also a change for the public on how to treat animals and also to be getting more sensitive to animals all together. Please stop eating cats and dogs. Please make the rules so people will know this is wrong.

  2. Audrey Mittleberg
    Audrey MittlebergJanuary 28,19

    To Whom It May Concern: I so appreciate hearing your response to the non-response of the mayor of Chungcheongbuk-do Province. He sounds like every other politician who ever lived…making excuses and not addressing the real problems caused by the meat trade. Thanks for your ongoing help.

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