Our campaigns have resulted in improvements to animal protection legislation in South Korea.
Under the current Animal Protection Act, there has only been one incarceration for cruelty to an animal. It was CARE who made that happen.
The city of Seoul has suggested that Seoul Grand Park and Pyeong Yang Central Zoo trade primates. While Seoul claims this would expand genetic diversity, it would really be a political move using animals to improve North-South Korean interactions.
It is with great sadness that we report that Tongki, the sole remaining captive polar bear in South Korea, died at 6 p.m. on October 17th in Everland theme park in Seoul. He was 24 years old.
CARE and over 20 individual animal rights activists took part in an unplanned protest at Taepyeong Dog Slaughterhouse, where an unimaginable number of dogs are slaughtered every day.
Despite the brutal summer heat, our STOP THE KILLING! 2018 demonstration demanding the end of dog meat slaughter went ahead successfully. A lot of people stopped to express support for the protest that took place on the second of the three Boknal days.
Across Asia 30 million are slaughtered for food every year. Dogs are kept in cramped and rusting cages, unable to stretch or move about. Many are force-fed with tubes inserted down the throat and into the stomach and filled with rice and water to make them heavier, increasing their market price.
For the first time in South Korea, CARE has obtained a court decision stating that slaughtering dogs for food is illegal.
Everland has announced that, in collaboration with Polar Bears International, it will be sending Korea’s sole captive polar bear, Tongki, to Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England by November.
A proposed amendment to the Animal Protection Act was introduced on June 20th, 2018. Animal rights organizations welcome this amendment and urge congress to pass it quickly into law. CARE has been consulting with Congressman Chang Won Pyo on this legislation, and we hope that this government acts responsibly and ends the decades-long industrial-scale illegal slaughter of dogs in South Korea.
Today we received news that Seongnam City Council would forcibly remove the display and slaughter facilities of last remaining dog meat vendor who is slaughtering dogs on-premises at Moran Market.
As well as donating, volunteering at events, translating, and spreading our message on social media, there is another way you can help us in our mission to improve animal rights and welfare in South Korea.
The US Senate and House of Representatives will vote on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill. A proposed amendment by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA 10th District) would make the slaughter and transport of dog and cat meat illegal in the US. Help us to get this included in the Bill by signing the petition.
We held a silent protest against the dog meat trade at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics as part of our “I Am Not Food” campaign.
On March 20th, the Blue House Secretary for Civil Affairs, Cho Kuk, announced a detailed briefing of the constitutional amendment bill in which President Jae-in Moon expands basic rights and strengthen the power of the people. The amendment bill includes a clause that gives provision to establish a policy for the protection of animal rights.
In the heat of early August at the start of summer, we received numerous reports and photos of animals in distress. The place was a museum called Dalasil in Chuncheon, a city about one and a half hours drive north-west of Seoul. We went to investigate.
On November 11th 2017, Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Gucci, announced that, starting next year, the brand would stop using animal fur in their products, and would join the Fur Free Alliance.