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Will the new Animal Protection Law be passed in Korea?
Mr. Pyo Chang Won is the chairman of the Animal Welfare Committee at the National Assembly of Korea and is one of the key men when it comes to the enforcement and legislation of the animal welfare laws.
Mr. Pyo recently wrote about his childhood and of how the dogs in his life were his best friends, and of how much joy they brought to him in those early years. He also wrote about witnessing gruesome cruelty against dogs by members of his own village and neighboring towns, and of the promise he made as a young boy that some day, when he was grown, he would protect the dogs and stop people from hurting them. Mr. Pyo shared his struggle as a grown man between national pride and wanting to keep his childhood promise to the dogs. His story has been excellently translated into English by volunteer Tami Jussman and can be read in its entirety HERE.
Mr. Pyo is now in a position to take the first step in fulfilling his promise and is doing so by introducing, in September, comprehensive amendments to the Animal Protection Law. These amendments, while not banning the dog and cat meat industry as that is simply not realistic at this time, will clarify the law and make punishment for violations more severe. This is an important gateway to ultimately ending the dog and cat meat trade in the future.
Our thanks and gratitude is extended to Nami Kim of SaveKoreanDogs who submitted a proposal to Mr. Pyo, detailing recommendations for changes to the Animal Protection Law. Her proposal can be read HERE.
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