CARE Ambassador and actor, Hyo-jin Kim, visited a dog farm in Namyangju, just north-west of Seoul, South Korea, with the Animal Rescue Team on April 11th to assist in the rescue of 20 dogs.
Animals for Food
We held a silent protest against the dog meat trade at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics as part of our “I Am Not Food” campaign.
A large fire in the East District of Ulsan, a city in south east South Korea, engulfed a dog meat farm, severely burning some of the dogs. Instead of tending to the injured dogs, the farm owner decided to leaving them to die from their injuries one by one.
On March 20th, the Blue House Secretary for Civil Affairs, Cho Kuk, announced a detailed briefing of the constitutional amendment bill in which President Jae-in Moon expands basic rights and strengthen the power of the people. The amendment bill includes a clause that gives provision to establish a policy for the protection of animal rights.
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.
Our ongoing “Dog Meat Free Korea” campaign is supported by lots of people and organizations. Kevin Bright, American television producer, and the DoVE Project (Dogs of Violence Exposed), an American organization focused on ending the dog meat trade in Asia, are two of them.
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.
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.
On Friday September 15th, we determined to decommission the dog farm, decided to rescue every dog in it, and got a written statement from the owner never to operate the farm again. CARE activists and volunteers, embarked on the rescue.
The ministry responsible for overseeing animal welfare in the livestock industry should not be influenced by also protecting its commercial interests.
On the 11th of August, we held a “STOP! THE KILLING” performance event in Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall. It was the last of our Bok Nal (the three hottest days of summer) campaign events, the 11th of August being the last of the hottest summer days (called “mal bok” in Korean) in 2017.