Response from Ulsan Jung-gu
We have received the response below from the Ulsan Jung-gu’s Welfare Economy Division, Economic Industrial Department regarding our campaign/petition:Ulsan Jung-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.
They stated that their “districts do not have such matters as illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses or markets”.
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 34 dog meat restaurants in and within the vicinity of Ulsan Jung-gu.
Even though the Ulsan Jung-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 Jung-gu:
Summary of requested petition: Ulsan Jung-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms,slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.
1. Hello. Thank you for always paying great attention to the old regime.
2. We understand that the details of illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets, and dog soup houses are understood by your application. We would like to inform you of the following answers to the civil petitions (application number 1AA-1904-142692):
A. I want to inform you that there is no necessary law concerning the breeding of dogs under the current law, and that our districts do not have such matters as illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses or markets.
In accordance with Article 8 of the Animal Protection Act, if an animal including a dog is killed in an unethical manner or injures an animal without due cause, we will punish the animal for abuse based on the law.
B. In addition, we will continue to promote education and promotion so that we form a national consensus on animal protection and that the social perception of animals and humans living together can be spread and settled.
3. If you need further clarification, please contact Jung-gu Office Economic Industry and Hong Ban-seok (☎290-3335) and we will be glad to guide you. Thank you.
Organization Jung-gu Office, Ulsan Metropolitan City
Department Econoy&Industry Division
Date of processing
Staff in Charge Hong BANSEOK (firstname.lastname@example.org)
울산광역시 중구 복지경제국 경제산업과
홍반석 contact +82-052-290-3335
1. 안녕하십니까? 항상 구정에 많은 관심을 기울여 주셔서 감사합니다.
2. 귀하께서 신청하신 민원으로 불법 개농장,도축장,시장,보신탕집에 대한 내용으로 이해되오며, 국민신문고를 통해 신청하신 민원(신청번호 1AA-1904-142692)에 대한 답변을 다음과 같이 알려드리오니 양지하여 주시기 바랍니다.
가. 현재 현행법상 개사육에 관련된 필요한 법이 없으며, 우리구는 불법 개농장, 도축장, 시장 등 해당사항이 없음을 알려드립니다.
나. 동물보호제8조에 의거 개를 포함한 동물을 비윤리적으로 죽이거나 정당한 사유없이 상해를 입히는 경우는 법에 근거하여 학대행위로 처벌하도록 하겠습니다.
다. 또한, 우리구는 동물보호에 대한 국민적 공감대를 형성하고 동물과 사람은 함께 공존하여 살아가는 관계라는 사회인식이 확산 및 정착될 수 있도록 지속적으로 교육 및 홍보를 추진하겠습니다.
3. 추가 설명이 필요한 경우 중구청 경제산업과 홍반석 주무관(☎290-3335)에게 연락주시면 친절히 안내해 드리도록 하겠습니다. 감사합니다.
붙임 : 민원신청서. 끝.
Let’s keep taking actions until Ulsan Jung-gu bans the dog and cat meat industry.