Response from Ulsan Dong-gu
We have received the response below from the Ulsan Dong-gu’s Welfare Economy Division, Economic Promotion Department regarding our campaign/petition:Ulsan Dong-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.
They stated that “there are no illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses or markets in Ulsan Dong-gu Metropolitan City.”
Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Shops” 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: 30 Health Food Shops; and 15 dog meat restaurants in and within the vicinity of Ulsan Dong-gu.
Even though the Ulsan Dong-gu government would be aware of dog meat businesses operating in the district, it could claim there are no dog farms because there are no government records, regulations or oversight for dog farms in Korea. But local dog meat businesses would obtain dog meat from large factory farms or homes that breed few dogs to make money. In reality, various levels of governments in Korea turn a blind eye to the dog meat industry and no one is protecting dogs from cruel treatment and slaughter.
Our campaign is effective because now they are aware that the eyes of the world are watching their district’s dog meat industry and would bring this issue to the attention of their governments for action. Let’s keep up the pressure by taking action!
Before you buy a product from Samsung, Hyundai, Kia, or LG, or visit Korea and spend your hard-earned money there, please remember how the Korean government is supporting criminals in the cruel dog meat industry by turning a blind eye to the unimaginable suffering of millions of sentient animals.
Response from Ulsan Dong-gu:
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Let’s keep taking actions until Ulsan Dong-gu bans the dog and cat meat industry.