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Response from Incheon Gyeyang-gu

We have received the response below from the Incheon Gyeyang-gu’s Economy and Environment Division, Regional Economy Department regarding our campaign/petition:Incheon Gyeyang-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.

Their response was deceptive, in order to absolve themselves from blame. They had also understated the magnitude of their dog and cat meat industry and had also stated that if the proposed legislation banning the dog meat trade is passed, they will enforce these laws. But what are they doing to help pass this proposed legislation?

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: 99 Health Food Shops; and 44 dog meat restaurants in and within the vicinity of Incheon Gyeyang-gu.

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 Incheon Gyeyang-gu:



Summary of requested petition
○ Explanation for dog meat debate in Korea
○ Introduction about Gyeyang-gu’s animal protection policies
Results
○ I’ll reply to your petition for illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and market closure
○ The controversy over Korea’s dog meat culture has lasted not only in foreign countries but also in South Korea for decades. Recently, the number of pet owners in Korea exceeded 10 million, and the perception that pets, including dogs, are family and not property has spread throughout the country. The demand for dog meat has dropped sharply, and that the number of dog farms, slaughterhouses, and restaurants have declined so drastically, so it is hard to be find them, these day.
○ The current Livestock Hygiene Control Act defines livestock that must be slaughtered according to the Act, but the dog is not included in livestock by that law. So according to the law, the slaughtering process of dog can’t stipulate not only legal but also illegal. However, according to the public request on banning dog meat, the Korean government and the National Assembly are making various efforts, including revision of the law and policy-making, and when a ban on dog meat is prepared in the future, Gyeyang-gu will also cooperate to eradicate dog meat according to the law.
○ In addition, Gyeyang-gu is implementing various policies to protect animals and improve their welfare. Our local government provides animal management expenses to animal protection center(also known as “the center” so that 750abandoned animals can be rescued and managed annually. And there are incentive pays for people who adopt abandoned animals from “the center”. Our local government will work hard to create Gyeyang-gu as the city where both people and animals can live happily. Thank you again for your interest in Gyeyang-gu’s animal protection policy.
○ We hope that our answer could relieve your anxiety about dogs, and if you have more questions about Gyeyang-gu, please contact regional economy department(☎032-450-6844) of Gyeyang-gu office. Thank you.
Organization Gyeyang-gu office, Incheon Metropolitan City
Department Regional economy department
Date of processing 2019-04-09
Staff in Charge Gwonsohee(podungvet @korea.kr)


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Let’s keep taking actions until Incheon Gyeyang-gu bans the dog and cat meat industry.

  1. esperanza pinto martinez
    esperanza pinto martinezSeptember 2,19

    nunca van a dejar de comer la carne de perros porque para ellos primero esta sus costumbres lo único que podemos hacer es bloquear todos sus productos hasta que lo sientan de verdad y no ir korea no iré jamas a donde esa gente desalmada

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