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South Korea try to legalize Dog Meat

Post  Cynic on Mon May 05, 2008 9:02 am

AsiaViews, Edition: 11/V/April/2008

Activists decry N Korean plan to legalize dog meat

CAMPAIGN: The move by Seoul has triggered a series of protests from animal protection groups, many of which have threatened to boycott the country’s goods if the ban is lifted

Animal protection groups from Taiwan and South Korea yesterday called on South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to intervene in a plan to legalize the consumption of dog meat in South Korea and urged people in both countries to join their protests.

The Seoul City Government last month adopted a set of hygiene regulations on dog meat and classified dogs as livestock.

The city government also plans to push for central-government level legislation on the processing of dog meat and classification of dogs as livestock after the parliamentary election later this month.

The move by Seoul has triggered a series of protests from animal protection groups both inside and outside of South Korea.

“It’s understandable that in certain regions people had to eat dog meat in order to survive in the past, but we already have plenty of meat sources,” said Wu Hung, chairman of the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST).

He said in a telephone interview with the Taipei Times that once dogs become farm-raised on a large scale, new diseases may break out.

“Eating exotic animals is the cause of several epidemics — such as SARS — in recent years,” Wu Hung said. “Dogs have been human companions for thousands of years. Once they become a meat source, who knows what diseases will threaten human health?”

Lee Won-bok, president of the Korean Association for Animal Protection, agreed with Wu Hung.

“Bird flu is getting out of control in [South] Korea. As people are worried about the safety of all meat products, it’s naive to believe that dog meat is safe as long as it’s processed under strict hygiene control,” Lee told a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday, urging the public to send protest letters to the South Korean president.

“Hence, for the purposes of disease prevention, health and respect to life, the [South] Korean government should prohibit eating and selling dog meat,” Lee said.

The letter campaign is part of a coordinated action by animal protection groups across Asia.

Park So-yeon, president of the group Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, accused the Seoul City Government of disregarding a 1984 ban on selling dog meat.

“The failure [of the city government] to penalize illegal dog meat sellers has resulted in the slaughter of 2 million dogs in the city alone,” Park said.

“Instead of taking responsibility, they’re now running away from it by trying to legalize the sale of dog meat,” he said.

If the South Korean government doesn’t heed their demands, the groups vowed further action, including boycotting products made in South Korea.

By Loa Iok-sin

Taipei Times, 10 April 2008


Dog Meat to Face Sanitation Inspection

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

The Seoul government plans to inspect the sanitation of dog meat served at restaurants from this month.

In the inspection, the city will take samples of dog meat from about 530 restaurants and examine if they contain harmful substances such as heavy metals, antibiotics and bacteria.

Under the current law, it is illegal to butcher dogs and trade their meat as they are not categorized as livestock but the government has been unable to regulate the sale of dog meat as it is a part of long-rooted private Korean dining culture.

But the ambiguous situation has raised concerns over the sanitation of dog meat as dogs are categorized in the same group as donkeys, rabbits, horses and deer, which does not let the authorities apply regulations for livestock to the trade of dog meat.

``The inspection has nothing to do with the issue to legalize the sale of dog meat,'' a city official said. ``It is just to examine the safety of dog meat at restaurants as many Koreans enjoy dishes of dog meat.''

The city will conduct a regular sanitation inspection on dog meat and make public a list of restaurants that serve insalubrious dog meat dishes and suspend their operation, he said.

The city also plans to propose that the central government categorize dogs as livestock.

But when the plan was first announced last month, it drew criticism from dog lovers and animal rights organizations both at home and abroad. They cited dogs are major human-friendly animals.

Due to such strong opposition, previous attempts to attempts to categorize dogs as livestock have failed.

In 2001, 20 lawmakers proposed a bill to revise the Law on Stock Product Process, aimed at setting up proper regulations on dog meat.

But the bill was scrapped without being properly dealt with due to criticism from animal rights groups and dog lovers.

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Re: South Korea try to legalize Dog Meat

Post  Geush Urvan on Sat May 31, 2008 10:02 am

It can't decrease mistreatment because in ASIA, omnivorous people don't give a fuck to animal sensitivity
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Post  Cynic on Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:43 am

I'm agree. And it's relatively rare in South Korea, nut in China ...
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