Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Chungcheongbuk-do Governor Lee Si-Jong

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 Chungcheongbuk-do, 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.

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Chungcheongbuk-do’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: 716 Health Food Shops and 250 dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Chungcheongbuk-do.

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 the vicinity of Chungcheongbuk-do 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.

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    Governor Lee Si-Jong
    Chungcheongbuk-do Province
    82 Sangdang-ro, Sangdang-gu, Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do
    Postal Code 28515
    South Korea

    Governor’s address in Korean:
    이시종 도지사님
    (28515) 충청북도 청주시 상당구 상당로 82
    South Korea

    Chungcheongbuk-do Provincial Council
    82 Sangdang-ro, Sangdang-gu, Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do
    Postal Code 28515
    South Korea

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    South Korea

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

    Petition: Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

    Dear Governor Lee Si-Jong and the Chungcheongbuk-do Provincial Council members,

    Please watch these documentaries, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea” ( and “Korea’s Dog Cruelty: Dogs Are Innocent.” (

    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 province. 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 the 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 the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. The 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 the 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 dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering 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 the 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.

    The slaughter of dogs from an 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.

    The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the 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, the 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 the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for their own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publicly announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

    The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the 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 carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning, leading to severe and life-threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals. Because there is no quality control or proper monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade, likely, these laws are routinely violated.

    Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source violates the Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold, or used to manufacture or process 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):

    The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” (

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

    * Please respond to my petition in both English and Korean language using the Microsoft Word Document. The Hancom word processor program is not used outside of Korea and we cannot open Hancom’s .hwp file.

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    충청북도는 불법 개농장, 도축장, 시장, 보신탕집을 폐쇄하라!

    전자청원: 충청북도는 불법 개농장, 도축장, 시장, 보신탕집을 폐쇄하라!

    이시종 충청북도지사님께 청원합니다.

    우선 “대한의 육견인들 (” 과 “한국 댕댕이 잔혹사 : 개는 죄가 없다 (” 라는 다큐멘터리를 참고로 봐주시기 바랍니다.

    충청북도는 개고기를 다루는 불법 개농장, 도살장, 시장, 보신탕집, 건강원을 단속하는 즉각적 조치를 취하기를 촉구합니다. 또한 한국정부, 경찰청, 사법기관이 아래와 같은 기존 한국법 시행을 요구하는 공식문서를 발급할 것을 요청합니다.

    – 개의 사육단계에서 식용견 사료용으로 음식쓰레기를 무단처리하는 것은 폐기물 관리법 제 15조의 2, 제 25조 3항 위반입니다. 음식물쓰레기 배출자와 운반자들은 이 의무규정을 위반하고 개농장주에게 음식쓰레기를 제공하고 있습니다.

    – 허가 없이 음식쓰레기를 수집/운반하여 개에게 급여하는것은 사료관리법 제 14조 1항 및 2항의 위반입니다.

    – 불법으로 난립된 개농장에서 배출되는 분뇨로 인한 환경위해는가축분뇨법 제 11조의 위반입니다. 개농장의 배설물은 인근 지역 환경 피해를 유발합니다.

    – 식용하기 위한 개도살은 동물보호법 제 8조 1항 4호의 위반입니다. 개도살은 수의학적 처치의 필요나 동물로 인한 사람의 생명, 신체, 재산의 피해를 입은 경우 같은 정당한 사유 없이 동물을 죽이는 행위로 명백한 법 위반 행위입니다.

    – 전기감전으로 개를 도살하는 행위는 동물보호법 제 8조 1항 1호의 위반입니다. 도구, 약물 또는 열, 전기, 물을 이용한 상해 행위마저 법적 처벌의 대상인 만큼 당연히 상기 방법에 의한 도살 행위는 위법이며 특히 전기도살은 그 잔인함으로 인해 국제적으로 금지되고 있습니다.

    – 무허가 도살장에서 개를 도살하는 행위는 축산물 위생관리법 제 7조 1항 위반입니다. 개는 축산물 위생관리법에서 규정한 ‘도살, 식육으로의 유통이 불가능’한 동물로서 허가받은 도살장이 존재할수가 없습니다. 따라서 개 도살장을 운영하는 공급업체는 법의 매개 변수를 벗어나 법을 위반하고 있는 것입니다.

    – 자가소비를 목적으로 개를 도살하는 행위는 동물보호법 제 10조와 축산물 위생관리법 제 7조 1항 2호의 위반입니다. 모든 동물은 잔인한 방법으로 도살되어서는 안되는데, 개도살의 경우 인도적인 방법은 약물주사 외에는 없으므로 현재 한국에서 자행되는 모든 식용 목적 개도살은 잔인한 도살에 해당합니다. 축산물 위생관리법의 ‘자가소비를 위한 도살 허용’은 고시로 정한 축산물 위생관리법상 가축에 한하며 개는 해당사항이 없습니다.

    – 재래시장에서 개의 지육을 전시/판매하는 행위는 식품위생법 제4, 5조의 위반입니다. 불결한 불법도축과 지육 전시과정에서의 오염으로 ‘위해식품 등의 판매금지’ 조항에 위배됩니다. 개의 지육이 병을 일으키는 미생물에 오염된 경우 인체의 건강을 해칠 우려가 있습니다. 또 유기견이나 개농장의 병든 개체가 도살돼 판매될 가능성을 배제하지 못하므로 ‘병든 동물의 고기 등의 판매금지’ 조항에 위배됩니다.

    – 보신탕집에서 출처 불명의 개고기를 이용한 보신탕을 판매하는 행위는 식품위생법 제44, 1항 1호의 위반입니다. 검사를 받지 않은 축산물은 운반, 보관, 진열, 판매하거나 식품의 제조, 가공에 사용해서는 안됩니다.

    동물권행동 카라의 개식용에 관한 법적 정보 “개식용 종식을 위한 법규 안내집이 발간되었습니다!”를 참조하십시오.

    미국 하원은 공식적으로 결의안 H.Res 401 “개와 고양이 식용산업을 종식시키고 모든 국가가 개와 고양이식용를 금지할 것을 촉구한다.”를 통과시켰습니다. (

    충청북도에서 자행되는 잔인한 개/고양이 식용산업에 대한 외신 보도가 한국의 이미지를 크게 추락시키고 있습니다. 이 비극을 끝낼 때입니다! 충청북도의 회신을 요청드립니다.

    * 청원 답변은 한글과 영어로 마이크로소프트 워드 파일로 보내주시기 바랍니다. 한콤 .hwp파일은 외국에서는 사용하지않으며 오픈할수 없습니다.

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  2. Tna
    TnaJanuary 28,19

    Please stop the cruelty to dogs and cats they are intelligent companions. Some people in your country are very cruel to torture them for fun, it is appalling for the rest of the world to see this. Also causes crime stealing animals peoples pets I’ve even seen crimmals stealing people pets for money and they have shot the owners. Is this what you want to be known for? There are many kind caring people as well in your land please have a heart toward the good and not evil doers if you have grace it will come back to you.

  3. Sharon Klint
    Sharon KlintJuly 19,20

    This practice is barbaric and ignorant. Until this stops, I will NOT buy any article produced in China!

  4. benech
    benechJuly 19,20

    Ces cruautés dépassent l’entendement sans parler de l’hygiène et des covids en puissanc e

  5. Jane Nash
    Jane NashJuly 19,20

    Time for Korea to move on and adapt to modern times.

  6. Jeanne McSherry
    Jeanne McSherryJuly 19,20

    That the world is ignoring such depravity, such depraved abuse of vulnerable dogs and cats is a dark stain on all of humanity which will only fade when all of human consciousness is elevated to one of compassion and equality towards all animals

  7. Anne-Mari Gavin
    Anne-Mari GavinJuly 19,20


  8. Dana Orságová
    Dana OrságováJuly 19,20

    stop killing dogs and cats! help them !! save them !! please !!!

  9. Dagmar Grabner
    Dagmar GrabnerJuly 20,20

    Stop killing dogs and cats!!!!!

  10. John Farnan
    John FarnanJuly 20,20

    The dog and cat meat trade is a moral obscenity of the first order. The nations, mainly Asian, who condone this torture to such loving and trusting companion animals such as dogs, and cats, have absolutely nothing to be proud of if they crow endlessly about their materialistic progress and glorious civilizations. The empty rationalizations used to justify such depravity of a ‘business’ are just fallacious sophistic nonsense. Until animal welfare laws and legislated and enforced in said countries, and the populations are educated to understand what an obscenity this is, such nations are empty vessels of indifference and corrupt behaviour. To accept torture of nonhuman life as a norm, and not object to it, reveals systemic evil, mainly from the authorities who claim to govern the citizens under their control and who are unprepared to listen to their own activists wishing this horror to be banned. To be against torture — inflicted through malign cultural traditions — is not cultural imperialism. Those individuals who speak up to condemn the concept of cultural relativism are freely entitled to condemn torture to humans or nonhumans perpetrated in any nation on Earth. That torture is somehow acceptable within a culture, and outsiders should not interfere or criticize other cultures, is irrational nonsense. To pander to this concept is just an excuse to deny criticism of an evil. To do so exonerates the perpetrators of cruelty, the callous dog and cat meat traders who need retraining for more productive and humane occupations. Above all the acceptance of cruelty fails the nonhumans who cannot speak for themselves. More than ever, we need compassionate individuals with empathy to speak up for those beings denied a voice to live a happy life free from misery, torture, suffering and death. No more excuses for the corrupt horror of the Asian dog and cat meat trade! End it. Ban this sordid trade.
    End the South Korean dog meat trade before another pandemic hits the world!

  11. Susan Lethbridge
    Susan LethbridgeJanuary 18,21

    I agree with you wholeheartedly and the sooner this horrific so called trade ends the better. South Korea should set an example to the rest of the world before another pandemic rears its ugly head again, which it will if this is not stopped now.

  12. Helena Maleňáková
    Helena MaleňákováJanuary 19,21


  13. Fabienne M
    Fabienne MJuly 5,21

    La Corée comme d’autre pays d’asie doivent cesser ces pratiques cruelles et indignes d’une sociètè évoluée et moderne
    Terminez en au plus vite , nous sommes en 2021 ! comment peut on encore voir de tel horreur !

  14. Denise hulsbosch
    Denise hulsboschJuly 5,21

    II hve a love of people, but the way I feel towards
    Towards this nation, I can’t say. Aborrant people.

  15. Adeline Wong
    Adeline WongJuly 5,21

    Signed petition and filed petition on E-People.

  16. Deb
    DebJuly 5,21

    These ILLEGAL, gruesome dog meat farms, markets and slaughter houses need to be shut down NOW! This government is bringing shame to South Korea by allowing this horrific slaughter of beautiful dogs while ignoring it. The world is becoming more aware of this dog meat industry and are acting on it. This government is bringing SHAME to their country. Millions of North Americans, not Canadian and American are watching in horror. This dog meat industry is ILLEGAL and must stop now! This proves that South Korea is still a third world country.

  17. Lilia Birleson
    Lilia BirlesonJuly 5,21

    Shame on you the Korean Government you should use your Power to stop this misery and cruelty to helpless Animals NOW. What are you teaching your children and future generations that this unnecceary killing of innocent animals is acceptable. It is not. It is Murder and it is barbaric and disgusting what you are allowing to happen in your Country. It is illegal and you should be shutting down these illegal farms Now. Those that are involved in the brutal murder of defenceless animals should be prosecuted and imprisoned for there act of cruelty to animals. Dogs and Cats are loved throughout the World. They are treated as pets to people and they are part of people’s families World wide. They were not put on this earth for human consumption. You the Korean Government you should end this now. It is illegal and barbaric and pure evil. Dogs and Cats should have a good quality of life. We all around the World are fighting for your Country to end this illegal act of brutality and torture to innocent Animals. Why are you still allowing illegal cat and dog farms in your Country. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  18. Kateřina Orságová
    Kateřina OrságováJuly 13,21

    please help !! save them !!! help !!!!

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