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.
Our international conference for banning dog meat consumption, titled ‘Dog Meat Free Korea 2017,’ was held in the National Assembly Library, Seoul on November 24th.
We urge MAFRA to stop classifying animals as only for commercial use, and acting only in the interests of the livestock industry and farmers, and to genuinely seek to insure that the food produced by Korea’s farmers is healthy and free from contamination.
There are innumerable dog meat restaurants in Seoul despite the 1984 Seoul Metropolitan Government’s classification of dog meat as a food not suitable for human consumption. As of October 26th, 2017, Kyungdong, Jung-ang, and Moran markets in Seoul still illegally slaughter dogs and sell dog meat.
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.
On Friday September 22nd, we held a counter-protest in Gwanghwamun, Seoul against the Korean Dog Meat Traders Association who were demonstrating to have dog meat and dog farming legalized.
Last June, Asiatic black bear KM-53, one of the bears released into Jiri Mountain in Namwon by the Ministry of Environment, was found in Sudo Mountain in Gimcheon. It had walked more than 100kms.
The ministry responsible for overseeing animal welfare in the livestock industry should not be influenced by also protecting its commercial interests.
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.