Daegu Buk-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.
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 Daegu Buk-gu District, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets, and restaurants where the dogs, who have been 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 subject to the same cruelty.
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Daegu Chilseong Dog Meat Market, February 16, 2021. Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA).
Video: Dog farm/slaughterhouse in Daegu, South Korea, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth
A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Daegu Buk-gu’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 Centers,” 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 dozens of 242 Health Food Shops and 34 dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Daegu Buk-gu.
Even if half of these ‘Health’ Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be in the vicinity of Daegu Buk-gu to supply these outlets.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
Call for Action
- 👉 Click HERE to file a petition with the South Korean government through e-People online. (You can use our “Suggested message” below or your own words.)
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- Send letter:
District Mayor Bae Gwang-Sik
Daegu Buk-gu Government
65 Oksan-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu
Postal code 41590
Address in Korean:
(41590) 대구광역시 북구 옥산로 65
Daegu Buk-gu Council
65 Oksan-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu
Postal code 41590
Address in Korean:
(41590) 대구광역시 북구 옥산로 65
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Daegu Buk-gu District Mayor
Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor Lee Cheol-Woo
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Subject: Daegu Buk-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.
Dear District Mayor Bae Gwang-Sik and the Daegu Buk-gu Council members,
Please watch this documentary, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea” https://youtu.be/cCdTceduKcY and this video from Daegu Chilseong Dog Meat Market: https://www.facebook.com/kara.animal/posts/3722637804490380.
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 District. 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 violates 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 violates the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Sections 1 & 2. The unauthorized collection of food waste and feeding it to dogs in the meat trade violates this regulation.
Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm violates 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.
Slaughtering dogs for human consumption violates the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1. Killing an animal by hanging it by the neck or by using any other cruel methods; killing an animal on the street or any other places open to the public or killing an animal with animals of the same kind present at the scene; killing an animal by failing to feed or water it on purpose; killing an animal without any justifiable grounds is clear violation of the Animal Protection Act.
The slaughter of dogs by electrocution violates the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting an injury to animals by physical or chemical means, such as tools or drugs, is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods violates the Act. (Penalty: imprisonment with labor for not more than three years or by a fine not exceeding 30 million won per Article 46 of the Animal Protection Act.) Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. In Korea, the Supreme Court in 2020 convicted a case of slaughtering a dog using an electric iron skewer.
The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse violates the 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. (Penalty: imprisonment with labor for not more than 10 years or a fine not exceeding 100 million won per Article 45 of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act.)
The slaughter of dogs for consumption violates the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The Act intends 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 slaughter process. 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 exclude 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 consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals publicly announced as livestock classification in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.
The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets violate the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from the 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 dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537 https://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/
The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, which “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401
International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your District’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. An online petition calling for your immediate action to end the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress: https://www.change.org/p/daegu-buk-gu-district-mayor-bae-gwang-sik-daegu-buk-gu-korea-shut-down-illegal-dog-meat-farms-slaughterhouses-markets-restaurants The favor of your reply is requested.
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대구광역시북구청은 불법 개농장, 도축장, 시장, 보신탕집을 폐쇄하라!
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대구광역시북구청은 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.
정부의 무위가 가져온 파국 ‘개식용’, 무법이 아닌 불법인 이유:
미국 하원은 공식적으로 결의안 H.Res 401 “개와 고양이 식용산업을 종식시키고 모든 국가가 개와 고양이식용를 금지할 것을 촉구한다.”를 통과시켰습니다. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401
대한민국에서 자행되는 잔인한 개/고양이 식용산업에 대한 외신 보도가 한국의 이미지를 크게 추락시키고 있습니다. 이 비극을 끝낼 때입니다! 대구광역시북구청의 회신을 요청드립니다.
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HELP !!!!!!!!! HELP FOR DOGS AND CATS !!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP !!!!!
This is a sick and disgusting tradition that reflects poorly on South Korea. It must end. Dogs are our best friends not our meals. Please stop this barbaric activity.
Stop TORTURING and violence God will punish you the dog go free, karma corona
STOP KILLING AND ABUSE OF ALL DOGS AND CATS !!! HELP !!! PLEASE HELP !!!!
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HELP AND SAVE ALL DOGS AND CATS, STOP ALL SUFFERING AND KILLING
Have filed petition on E-People.
What you are allowing to happen in your Country is illegal and barbaric. What are you teaching your children and future generations that this unnecceary killing of innocent animals is acceptable. It is not it is illegal and barbaric. Has to end now. Throughout the World people treat Dogs and Cats as there pets at home these Animals bring joy and happiness to families World wide. Those that are involved in the brutal murder of defenceless animals should be prosecuted and imprisoned for there act of cruelty to animals. This has to end NOW. You the Korean Government should use your Power to stop this misery and cruelty to helpless Animals NOW.
these are living beings just like humans !!! help and stop the cruel torture and killing, stop this terrible evil !!!
What are you teaching your children and future generations that torture and brutality towards Dogs and Cats is acceptable. It is not. It is pure evil and has to end NOW.
Dogs and Cats are loved throughout the World they bring pleasure to people they are company to families World wide.
They were not put on this earth to be tortured and abused by illegal farms Now this has to end. There should not be farms keeping dogs and cats for human consumption. It is illegal and barbaric.
The Korean Government should put an end to this Injustice and cruelty to helpless Animals. Has to stop NOW.
As above letter
This bestiality has to come to an end immidiately