Responses from the European Commission

We received the below response from the European Commission regarding our campaign, European Commission President, Honorable Ursula von der Leyen, and European Council President, Honorable Charles Michel: Please tell your Partnership Country, South Korea, you oppose the torture and consumption of dogs and cats.

Dear Ms Woo,

Thank you for contacting the Europe Direct Contact Centre.

Thank you for your message and for sharing your views. We are always interested in knowing what the public thinks. We have made your message available to the relevant departments of the European Commission for their information. As a general information service, we cannot comment on opinions.

However, we kindly inform you that article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union recognises animals as sentient beings and requires paying full regard to the welfare requirements of animals in formulating and implementing certain EU policies. However, it does not give a legal basis for addressing all animal welfare issues. The article also states that the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of EU countries relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage should be respected.

For example, EU law (Council Regulation 1099/2009) on the protection of animals at the time of killing only concerns animals in slaughterhouses as well as those kept for farming purposes. Animals killed under other circumstances (e.g. hunting, bullfighting, stray dogs or cats in shelters etc.) are not covered by this regulation. These areas fall under national legislation and EU competences are therefore either limited or excluded. For such issues you are advised to contact the competent national authorities. More information on EU animal welfare policy objectives is available here:
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Jul 28, 2023, 3:27 AM

Dear sender,

Thank you for your message. We duly take note of your concerns regarding killing dogs and cats for their meat in the Republic of Korea.

Animal welfare is a high priority for the European Commission. It is also an issue that many EU citizens feel very strongly about.

“For animals, people and planet” encompasses the guiding principle behind our work on the Farm to Fork Strategy and on revising the EU’s animal welfare legislation. The European Commission is working very hard on a legislation that has the interests of animals, people, and planet at heart.

European External Action Service
ASIAPAC.5 Asia and Pacific

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Aug 29, 2023, 2:09 AM (4 days ago)

Dear Ms Woo,

We thank you for your letter dated 25 July 2023 addressed to President Michel. We can assure you that your concerns and comments have been carefully noted.

Best regards,

The Public Information Service
General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union

Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared by the Public Information Service of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and may not be regarded as constituting an official position of the Council.

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