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.
Animals in Captivity
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.
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.
A polar bear jumped into the Han River at Yeouinaru, Seoul, on July 28th, 2017. It was a performance to highlight the suffering of Tongki, a polar bear who was born in captivity and has lived in a small enclosure in the zoo at Everland for over 20 years.
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.
On March 29th, CARE, in collaboration with congresswoman Jeong Mi Lee, Hotpink Dolphins (Korean), and the Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) (Korean), held a press conference to present the results of the nationwide aquarium investigation.
According to the results of the autopsy performed by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kyungbook National University on February 27th, 2017, the dolphin named ‘UD-9’ died of bronchial pneumonia caused by the Morganella morganii bacteria.
A Korea Times article on the English site about the investigation by CARE and other animal rights organizations into the dolphin deaths at the Jangsaengpo Special Whale Culture Zone in Ulsan is the most read article on Friday 24th February.