Korea Future Technology CEO Sued for Animal Abuse

Jin-ho Yang

A shocking video was released by NewsTapa on November 1st, 2018. In the video, Jin-ho Yang, the CEO of Korea Future Technology and WeDisk, was seen beating a former employee in the office while fellow employees were watching. Following that, the video contained scenes of employees killing chickens with a Japanese Samurai sword and a bow.

Employees were forced to shoot at and kill the chickens at a company workshop. Yang mocked employees who missed their shot and shouted at them to hit the chicken on the neck. They ate the chickens afterward.

CARE has filed a lawsuit against Jin-ho Yang for violating the Animal Protection Act and Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act after legal consultation. Under the current Animal Protection Act, inflicting injuries on animals for the purposes of gambling, advertising, and entertainment, or inflicting injuries on and causing suffering to animals with no lawful reason is in violation of the Act. In the case of slaughter, it must be done away from public view. Violations can result in a sentence of up to 2 years in prison or a fine of up to ₩20,000,000 (around $17,800.)

Moreover, under the current Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter must be done in such a way as to minimize pain and suffering and using an approved method. Under Article 7 Clause 1 Item 2 of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, livestock shall be slaughtered or processed in a licensed workplace unless the livestock is slaughtered or processed for individual consumption in an area designated by a provincial governor or city mayor. Violating this can result in a sentence of up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to ₩100,000,000 (around $89,000.)

Violence and cruelty towards animals are closely linked to violence and cruelty towards humans. The former is often seen as a ‘red flag’ indicating a propensity for the latter, especially in children.

In this case, we see both from the same man, even though the violence towards animals was commanded of a subordinate. In fact, this crime is even worse because Yang was using his authority to get others to perform illegal and unethical acts for his amusement or gratification. As the famous Milgram experiment showed, real or perceived authority can be used to get others to act against their moral code. The danger, of course, is that once begun, a person might then strive to see how far this can be pushed.

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