Hampyeong’s response to our petition on e-People
Below is Hampyeong’s response to our petition: Hampyeong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
They replied by stating that it was difficult to respond to the issue raised in our petition at the local government level. They continued, that with regard to illegal dog and cat slaughter, they are currently instructing/supervising in accordance with the provisions of the Animal Protection Act and that they plan to strengthen their efforts.
This is very vague and typical response from the Korean government, citing a lack of relevant laws for their failure to close down dog meat industry. This is inaccurate as well as shamefully indifference. Click HERE for the legal information by the Korea Animal Rights Advocates.
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 Hampyeong 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 Hampyeong 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 Hampyeong 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).