As a campaigning organization, CARE continues to lobby the Korean government for improvements to animal welfare legislation. Our efforts have seen amendments to the South Korean Animal Protection Act, which now includes much better safeguards for animals and penalties for abuse and cruelty. Under the current Animal Protection Act there has only been one incarceration for cruelty to an animal. It was CARE who made that happen.
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There are innumerable dog meat restaurants in Seoul despite the 1984 Seoul Metropolitan Government’s classification of dog meat as a food not suitable for human consumption. As of October 26th, 2017, Kyungdong, Jung-ang, and Moran markets in Seoul still illegally slaughter dogs and sell dog meat.
On September 9th, the cove of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, turned bright red as a pod of 21 young short-finned pilot whales was slaughtered while 3 others were captured to face a life of imprisonment. Despite growing international condemnation, Japan carried out its annual dolphin slaughter.
Since we reported in July that Tongki, the last polar bear held captive in South Korea, was suffering in the scorching summer heat and left alone without even water, we have sent letters and called Everland asking to have a conversation about his situation.