On the 11th of August, we held a “STOP! THE KILLING” performance event in Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall. It was the last of our Bok Nal (the three hottest days of summer) campaign events, the 11th of August being the last of the hottest summer days (called “mal bok” in Korean) in 2017.
On 17th August, a video was taken in the Gupo district of Busan. In the video, a dog was being brutally dragged along public streets by a pipe to which it was tightly bound from Gupo station to Gupo Market—a distance of about 1km. The dog was trying to untie the rope, and during his struggles, his skin was lacerated and claws were damaged.
Fundamentally changing the livestock industry in South Korea, the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs has officially announced that factory farming and battery cage farming will be changed to a more animal welfare cognizant industry.
Late one night we got a report of a kitten trapped inside a median strip barrier of a bus stop at Hapjeong Station junction. The median sits in the middle of a busy four-lane road. It must have been difficult for the kitten to cross the road, and understandable for it to take cover inside the median barrier.
A driver about to get onto the Gyeongbu Expressway to Busan saw a white dog near the entrance of the highway. Limping, the dog was criss-crossing in front of the cars as if signalling that it needed help. If the driver had not seen Becky or had simply driven on uncaring, we would never have known what happened to Becky and Kory.
The two Bottlenose dolphins, Geumdeung and Depo, held in captivity in Seoul Grand Park for 20 years, were finally released back into the ocean off the coast of Jeju Island on July 18th.
In December 2016, the Moran Market Vendors’ Association agreed to voluntarily stop displaying and slaughtering live dogs, and remove the butchering facilities. As the result of our ongoing investigation during May and June of 2017, it was revealed that the agreement has not been upheld.
On 12th July 2017, CARE filed a bill of indictment at the Seoul Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, accusing 15 people who slaughtered and sold dog meat for infractions under Article 8 Section 1 Clauses 1, 2 and 4 of the Animal Protection Act.