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.
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.
On 12th July 2017, CARE filed a bill of indictment at the Seoul Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, accusing 15 people who slaughtered and sold dog meat for infractions under Article 8 Section 1 Clauses 1, 2 and 4 of the Animal Protection Act.
The Stop It 2017 festival held on July 9th at Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall was a roaring success, despite the occasional downpour.
In early May 2005, Hae-tal became a member of Hansun Seo’s family. However, in the late evening of February 21st 2015, Hae-tal was savagely beaten by a neighbor for no discernible reason. He died shortly after.
There were some feral dogs in a village in Nokbun-dong, near Bukhan Mountain in Seoul, living peacefully without hurting anyone; animals or people. They were co-existing with the villagers, with some providing food and water. Some residents even regarded them as protecting the village from wild boar.
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.