Haenam’s response to our petition on e-People
Below is Haenam’s response to our petition: Haenam, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
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 translation:
Dogs are currently classified as “livestock” under the Livestock Industry Act and therefore, it is legally permissible to breed them. But in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, dogs are not classified as a livestock animal intended for human consumption, such as cattle, chickens, etc.
There are some dog farms that breed and raise dogs in our county. However, recently, there has been a change in people’s consciousness along with the decrease in consumption of dog meat soup so currently, dog farmers have either closed down their farms or will close down in the near future.
In the traditional open air markets in our county, there were stores selling dog meat as recently as six years ago, but now, due to the change in consumption culture, there hasn’t been much demand for dog meat, they have either changed their businesses or closed down their shops. We will do our best to protect and manage abandoned animals in the future.
We sincerely thank you for your interest and participation in our county.
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 Haenam County 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 Haenam County, 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 Haenam County 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).