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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Last June, Asiatic black bear KM-53, one of the bears released into Jiri Mountain in Namwon by the Ministry of Environment, was found in Sudo Mountain in Gimcheon. It had walked more than 100kms.
The ministry responsible for overseeing animal welfare in the livestock industry should not be influenced by also protecting its commercial interests.
Namgeuk, the polar bear who had resided at O-world in Daejeon for 15 years, passed away last January. O-world had concealed her death from the media and animal rights organizations, only reporting this tragedy to the Ministry of Environment.