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 dog meat industry is a serious and widespread problem in Asian countries, of which even Japan, a country that one wouldn’t think has dog farms, has 100 restaurants that serve dog meat.
We held a three-day “Dog Farm in the Street” campaign from Friday April 19th until Sunday April 21st, in Hongdae, Gangnam, and Gwanghwamun respectively, as part of our ongoing campaign to end dog farms and the dog meat industry in South Korea.
CARE and LUSH Korea launched their coordinated #FurFreeKorea campaign in Myeong-dong, Seoul on December 28th to bring an end to the fur products industry in South Korea. The performances began simultaneously in front of the LUSH Myeong-dong store and Myeong-dong Art Theater.
In July 2018, we discovered that keychains, cat toys, and clothes containing imported cat fur were being distributed and sold in markets in South Korea. We requested a DNA test for 14 samples obtained from a market in Seoul. 3 samples out of the 14 were confirmed to be cat fur. In October 2018, we […]
The Korea National Primate Research Center, which opened on November 6th, 2018, at a cost of 18,500,000,000 Korean won (approx. $16.3 million,) can accommodate up to 3,000 macaques so as to keep a large quantity of Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) primate resources.
Taepyeong Slaughterhouse in Seongnam City, which started in the 1990s, was the largest dog slaughterhouse in South Korea. At least 80,000 dogs every year were brutally slaughtered there, the meat being distributed throughout the country. Today, though, it is finally gone.
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.