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The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety’s response to our e-People petition 3/10/21

Application No.: 1AA-2103-0352713
Application Date: 2021-03-10
Minister of Korea Food and Drug Safety, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
식품의약품안전처는 불법 개농장, 도축장, 시장, 보신탕집을 폐쇄하라!

📌 Please note: The South Korean government continues to deceive us with lies and excuses. Click HERE to learn more.

Video: Dog meat trade workers and anti-dog meat protesters. MBC Chungbuk News. 3/8/2021. 개고기 찬반 논란..도로 건너 맞불 집회ㅣMBC충북NEWS, Dog meat supporters, protesters clash as lawmakers mull criminalization


Guide to Petition Handling Results

1. Information on Civil Petitioner
Application No. 1AA-2103-0352713
Date of Application 10-03-2021

2. Civil Petition Results
Summary of requested petition sales of dog meat, how slaughter of dogs is controlled under the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act
Results 1. Thank you for filing a petition to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) via e-People Korea. We would like to provide you with the answer to your petitions (Application No. 1AA-2103-0352713).

2. Below is the answer to your inquiry about how slaughter of dogs is controlled under the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and sales of dog meat.

○ Dogs do not fall in the category of livestock under the current Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act. Thus, raising and slaughtering of dogs or distribution and sales of dog meat are not subject to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act.
※ Please refer to Article 2 of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and Article of the Enforcement Decree of the Act.

○ Dog meat is not deemed as food ingredients since there is no social consensus on its integrity as food. However, it has been consumed as food in Korea for a long time.
– In this concept, to ban consumption of dog meat requires social consensus in advance. Until then, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety(MFDS) monitors this issue as to food sanitation.

○ In addition, dog meat is an issue requiring further discussion between relevant ministries such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Environment, and the National Assembly should gather public opinions to represent the public sentiment.
– The government will make sure to listen to opinions from as many stakeholders as possible and to actively participate in creating a social consensus.

○ For your reference, In the present Assembly, amendment on the Animal Protection Act(within the remit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) to include the ban of the use and sale of dog and cat meat as a food after slaughter and processing and related penalty was proposed(in 30th December 2020) and discussed(in 16th February 2021) at the Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Committee, and is currently tried by Legislation Review Subcommittee.
– In the 20th Assembly(2016-2020), several amendments about dog meat were proposed such as amendment to the Animal Protection Act(within the remit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) to include the ban of the arbitrary slaughter of dogs(proposed by 10 lawmakers), a new Livestock Industry Act(within the remit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) to exclude dogs from livestock under the Act(proposed by 10 lawmakers), and an amendment to the Wastes Control Act(within the remit of the Ministry of Environment), and failed to pass the Assembly due to the closure of the session.

3. If you have further inquiries or want more information, please do not hesitate to contact the MFDS Call Center (Tel: 1577-1255 without area code). For inquiries regarding Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, please contact Livestock Products Safety Division at the MFDS (Yeojin Min, Tel: 043-719-3254). Have a great rest of the day. Thank you very much.

※ For more information on the related laws, please visit the MFDS website (Visit http://mfds.go.kr → Click “법령자료 (Information on Laws).” → Search for keywords) or the National Law Information Center website (Visit http://law.go.kr → Search for keywords). You may find more information on food safety on the MFDS website (http://mfds.go.kr) or Food Safety Korea (http://www.foodsafetykorea.go.kr).
Organization Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
Department Livestock Products Safety Division
Date of processing 11-03-2021
Staff in Charge Tel. 043-719-3254

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Call for Action

👉 Click HERE to file a petition with the South Korean government through e-People online.
✅ Your e-People petition will be forwarded to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety or Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affair or both to respond.

👉 Click HERE to urge the South Korean National Assembly members to pass legislation that bans the dog meat trade!


Click above video to watch.
Daegu Chilseong Dog Meat Market, February 16, 2021. Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA).


[CAREtv] Seongnam Taepyeong-dong dog slaughterhouse. Dogs infected with canine flu to be slaughtered and distributed as meat. https://www.facebook.com/165305830149947/videos/534405313677033

Civil Petition Results
organization in charge 식품의약품안전처 식품의약품안전처
staff in charge 민여진
contact 043-719-3254
processing date 2021-03-11
result 1. 안녕하십니까? 귀하께서 국민신문고를 통해 신청하신 민원(신청번호 1AA-2103-0352713)에 대한 검토 결과를 다음과 같이 알려드립니다.

2. 귀하의 질의 내용을 종합하여 볼 때, 귀하께서는 ‘개의 도축 관리, 개의 식용에 관한 사항’에 관하여 질의하신 것으로 판단됩니다.

○ 개는 현행 축산물 위생관리법령상 가축의 범위에 포함하고 있지 않으므로, 개의 사육·도축 및 개고기 유통·판매 등 개고기 식용 관련 사항은 축산물 위생관리법령의 적용 대상이 아닙니다.

※ 「축산물 위생관리법」 제2조 및 같은 법 시행령 제2조 참고

○ 개고기는 식품으로서의 건전성에 대한 사회적 합의가 이루어지지 않아 식품원료로 인정하고 있지 않으나, 우리나라에서 예전부터 오랫동안 섭취하여 오고 있는 식문화로 현재까지 식용으로 소비되고 있습니다.

– 이러한 상황에서 개고기 식용을 금지시키기 위해서는 사회적 합의가 선행될 필요가 있고, 사회적 합의가 이루어질 때까지 우리 처는 식품위생감시 차원으로 접근하고 있습니다.

○ 또한, 개고기 식용과 관련한 사항은 농식품부, 환경부 등 관련부처간 협의와 국민의 대표기관인 국회에서 여러 분야의 의견을 수렴하는 등 충분한 논의가 필요한 사항으로 판단하고 있으며,

– 정부는 각계에서 제시하는 의견을 지속적으로 경청하여 사회적 합의 형성 과정에 적극 참여하겠습니다.

○ 참고로, 개나 고양이를 도살·처리하여 식용으로 사용하거나 판매하는 행위를 전면금지하고 위반시 벌칙을 부과하는 내용 등을 포함한 「동물보호법」(농식품부 소관) 일부개정법률안(한정애 의원 등 10인, 2020.12.30.)이 발의되었으며, 우리 처는 동 개정안에 대해 ‘이견 없음’으로 의견을 정하였습니다.

– 현재 동 개정안은 국회 농림축산식품해양수산위원회 전체회의에 상정(`21.2.16.)되어 법안심사소위원회에 회부되었음을 알려드립니다.

– 한편, 20대 국회(`16~`20)에서는 개 등 동물의 임의 도살을 금지하는 내용 등을 포함한 「동물보호법」(농식품부 소관) 일부개정법률안(표창원 의원 등 10인), 「축산법」의 가축에서 개를 제외하는 내용의 「축산법」(농식품부 소관) 일부개정법률안(이상돈 의원 등 10인), 음식물 폐기물을 동물의 사료로 사용할 수 없도록 하는 내용의 「폐기물관리법」(환경부 소관) 일부개정법률안(한정애 의원 등 10인) 등 개고기 식용에 대한 관련법령의 개정안이 제안되었으나 회기 종료로 폐기된 바 있습니다.

3. 이 밖에 답변내용이 미비하거나 궁금한 사항이 있으시면 우리처 종합상담센터(전화☎ 국번없이 1577-1255)에 문의하시거나 축산물 위생관리법령에 관한 사항은 식품의약품안전처 축산물안전정책과 민여진(☎ 043-719-3254)에게 연락주시면 성심 성의껏 답변하여 드리도록 하겠습니다. 좋은 하루 되십시오. 감사합니다.

※ 참고로 축산물 위생관리법령의 확인 방법은 우리 처 홈페이지(http://mfds.go.kr) → 법령자료(클릭) → 검색어(입력) 또는 국가법령정보센터(http://law.go.kr(입력)) → 검색어(입력)) 이며, 식품안전에 대한 정보는 우리처 홈페이지(http://mfds.go.kr) 또는 식품안전나라 홈페이지(http://www.foodsafetykorea.go.kr)를 이용하시면 보다 편리하게 많은 정보를 얻으실 수 있으니, 많은 이용 바랍니다. 끝.
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2021-03-18 23:59:59


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