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.
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.
The man who tortured a cat with boiling water and hot pokers, left it suffering in agony unable to eat or drink for 5 days, and then fed it alive to his dogs, was sentenced on May 2nd, 2017 at a court in South Chungcheon province, South Korea.
CARE continues to investigate traditional markets in and around Seoul since Moran market’s announcement that the public slaughtering of dogs at the market will cease. However, this is still happening, including at Moran market; dogs are being taken from display cages and slaughtered in front of customers and other dogs.
In collaboration with the Korean Animal Welfare Association and Hotpink Dolphins, we held a press conference in front of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Seoul to protest and denounce their annual slaughter of Minke whales.
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.
The Real Love Animal Welfare Farm, whose chickens had tested negative for AI, refused the government order to destroy them.
A long awaited and much welcomed amendment to the Korean Animal Protection Act passed in the 20th National Assembly plenary session on March 2nd.
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.
Despite the cold and rain on February 23rd, an alliance of CARE and other animal rights organizations held a press conference in front of the government complex at Gwanghwamun to protest against mass culling of farm animals.
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.
On Monday, February 13th, one of the dolphins that arrived from Taiji, Japan on February 10th, died.