Making the decision to get a pet is life-changing; it means having a sweet and loyal companion for years to come, but it also means taking on a huge responsibility. It’s important to do some research and be well-informed before choosing a pet, as she’ll be relying on you to take the best care of her you can.
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In 2017, we discovered a large illegal dog farm in the greenbelt area of Namyangju, a city north-east of Seoul, and surveilled it for a while. Following that, and after a long and difficult negotiation, we were able to persuade the dog farmer to shut down the dog farm and hand the dogs over.
It is a fact that there are dangers to domesticated dogs from wild animals in the form of physical attacks, and from the diseases they can carry, especially those transmitted by rodents. In this article, we look at some of the dangers you may face while walking your dog in the countryside.
Dog meat slaughterers ousted from Moran Market are trying a new trick. They have illegally occupied land owned by Korea Land & Housing Corporation, claiming their facilities were on this land prior to being bought and that LHC owes them compensation before they move out to ‘allow’ the construction of a new apartment block.
On May 30th, CARE and local police raided a dog-fighting pit in Ganghwa Island, off the north-west coast of South Korea right on the border with North Korea. We asked the police to take the two blood-covered dogs that were fighting as we arrived, Gumdoongii and Nurungii, but they refused.
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.