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Yeonggwang’s response to our petition on epeople

Below is Yeonggwang’s response to our petition: Yeonggwang, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Below is our translation:

Our department is well aware of the problems related to the illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses that you have mentioned. We would like to express our gratitude for submitting your petition. We will refer to your petition in our future work such as cracking down on illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses and we will do our best.

Please take action and send your petition through epeople today. If they have to address and respond to hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands of petitions on this issue; then perhaps they will finally be put under enough pressure to take action to bring this horrific animal cruelty to an end.

Our campaign is still effective because now they are aware that the eyes of the world are watching what’s going on in their county’s dog meat industry. Let’s keep up the pressure by taking action!

We are not satisfied with the response to our petition, due to the following key reasons:

it fails to substantiate and evidence what direct actions the Yeonggwang County is taking to enforce existing laws to disrupt the entrenched dog meat trade in South Korea. We have not been provided, in this response, with any evidence of any direct actions taken by the Yeonggwang County, such as recorded information relating to inspections, monitoring and actual enforcement action taken against violators, in relation to dog meat farming, slaughterhouses and businesses selling dog meat and dog meat products (such as dog elixir and dog soju);

it fails to show what actions the Yeonggwang County is taking with regard to proposing amendments to existing legislation or bringing in new legislation to address and end the dog and cat meat trade, and

it fails to formally acknowledge the existence of the illicit dog and cat meat trade within South Korea and the problems this poses to human health, animal welfare and organized crime, which has been widely documented by both domestic and international NGO’s and animal charities (and has also been raised as an international area of concern by many western governments with South Korea and its diplomatic missions).

  1. Paul Duncan
    Paul DuncanFebruary 4,19

    South Korea sickens me – the dog meat trade is HORRIFIC. The Far east seems to be in the 14th Century when it comes to the treatment of animals. That is one of the reasons I REFUSE to buy South Korean products, Like Samsung and Hyundai etc – I will NOT support their economy in any way possible and will never set foot there on holiday. The methods of transportation alone are BARBARIC, and there are no words to adequately describe the way they kill dogs and cats – SICK SICK SICK

  2. Sharon Vinson
    Sharon VinsonFebruary 5,19

    The vague response basically means nothing. What will it take to end this atrocity?

    • Yavor Hadzhiev
      Yavor HadzhievFebruary 5,19

      May what is needed is more international pressure. But, honestly, I am not sure. All I know is that we shouldn’t give up.

  3. Irina
    IrinaFebruary 6,19

    It is necessary to change the minds of ordinary people in South Korea. They should abandon to purchase this product themselves.

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