INSIST THE SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT ENFORCE ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS AND BAN THE ILLEGAL INDUSTRY OF DOG AND CAT MEAT
This petition and its demands are not new and if Government has been viewing the hundreds of petitions on You Tube and Social Media they will know the British Public can no longer sit by whilst companion animals are raised in the most unsanitary conditions and then sold as meat. This is not about cultural difference; this is about basic respect – as set down and signed by Stephen Hawking at the 2012 Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness- of the right of all living creatures to a minimum standard of welfare.
The Korean Government by its own admission despite September protests by Dog Farmers in Seoul has not granted legalization of this industry. Yet they allow “ farms” to raise dogs who are kept in cages and fed on food not fit for human consumption and other dead dogs to continue. They allow transportation methods that flout all international standards. They allow markets such as MORAN MEAT market to flourish where Pedigree Dogs and Former Pets are electrocuted and boiled in full view of market visitors.
The government turned a blind eye to South Korea burying alive 8 million livestock in 2011 during the foot and mouth crisis. How can the British public attend the 2018 winter games with a clear conscience? Its time to address this issue and act!
Wonder when they will make up their minds on this?Voting has been going on since 11/11/12.....
The South Korean government should make up its mind. If the dog and cat meat trade is illegal, then act on this by closing down all markets, confiscating all dogs and cats in the trade and homing them to sanctuaries and rescue groups, and place huge fines as well as possible prison sentences on those in the trade for their illegal activities.
On the other hand, if the South Korean government should take the stance to legalize this so-called trade, then they must put forth regulations that must be adhered to by all participants in terms of the welfare of the animals in their care. I'm talking about providing adequate living conditions including proper habitat for healthy movement, proper food/nourishment, and access to clean water 24/7 as well as good veterinary care for sick animals. Also, these regulations must look out for the proper, humane transport of said animals. As well, these regulations must stipulate humane slaughter that can be regulated by video so that no infractions of said regulations may occur. As well, the public should be made aware of any possible health risks and/or dangers inherent in the consumption of said meat so that they can make informed choice in this regard.
So I will go back to my first point and question and that is that the South Korean government must decide whether this is a legal or an illegal trade and after that they should act accordingly and take responsibility for what is happening to thousands upon thousands of dogs and cats in South Korea.
Whether the South Korean government acts one way or another way, it should also stipulate that the owners of dogs/cats that are taken away from them in this trade is illegal. It is without their permission and against their will. That is theft of property and these owners should have legal recourse to seek action against these thieves. South Korea needs to guarantee the rights of all its citizens in terms of all their properties which includes their animals.
Nur Aykurt commented
I'm on the side of much stiffer penalty laws.All animals should have same rights as humans.
Introduce Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in the UK. Replace Welfare.
Respect our animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NoToDogMeat global movement commented
We finally reached 10,000 signatures on our HM petition! On November 5th the South Korean President will be in the UK to meet her Majesty the Queen. Activists will be out on the streets, please try to come along. http:// www.notodogmeat.com ( South Korean Embassy, London from 12pm)
All animals are precious they do not not deserve to be treated like this.
I don't get how we can judge a country for eating dog & cat when we eat pigs, cows, chicken etc...
What makes one animal food and one animal not food?
Don't make it illegal, regulate it, enforce good welfare so the animals are treated well, fed well, and then slaughtered humanely, it will make the meat taste better...
As with most things, making it illegal causes more harm than good.
"A righteous man regards the life of animals" - PROVERBS 12:10; "If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men" - FRANCIS OF ASSISI; "I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs...(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty...." - JAMES HARRIOT; "The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - MAHATMA GANDHI.
J Robinson commented
The only way to change people's views including those of foreign governments is to be respectful as a starting point. There is dreadful animal suffering in this country as there are in other countries, lets hope that change can be influenced.
Why do some people from this country think they have the right to decide what other people eat?
I do agree that we should encourage all people to take more care in regard to animal welfare whether or not the animals concerned are to be consumed.
Disgusting filthy nation this - so wish a bloody bomb could be dropped on them.
We have more pressing issues in this country......
Your comments about the rights / treatment of animals are of concern.
As to the species of animal if you are not a vegan and perhaps a Jain why should you even care? What animals other people eat is their choice not mine.
( I deleiberately exclude vegetarians because of the number of them that are hypocrites)
Julia Davidson commented
Was about to say the same as Mr Patton below. This is ludicrous. What gives a battery-hen-operating, intensive farming, fois gras eating populace any moral high ground to dictate to other countries?
Charles Peyton commented
Who cares? The HUMAN suffering on North Korea is epic in its scale. There's nothing more parochial and blinkered than worrying about dogs and cats being eaten in that context. Why shouldn't they be? Pigs are at least as intelligent as either, and have personalities that are just as interesting. Why not campaign to ban bacon-eating in the UK? Good luck!
steve Leverington commented
The government can't guarentee the correct treatment and care of the human population so don't expect this problem to be sorted anytime in the near future.
Dr Vincent Scott commented
kate greene commented
Contrary to views expressed below- the EU can " have a say" in how other countries treat their livestock and companion animals
WHEN S KOREA SIGNED A TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE EU THEY AGREED TO INCLUDE ANIMAL PROTECTION PROVISIONS. THEY HAVE IGNORED EACH AND EVERY ONE TO DATE.
"BRUSSELS, Belgium—Humane Society International/Europe applauds the inclusion of animal protection provisions in the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement. An overwhelming majority of MEPs voted in favour of the agreement (465), which will enter into force on 1 July 2011.
Although prior trade agreements have also included animal protection provisions, such as the EU-Chile Association Agreement, HSI is pleased to see that the most recently negotiated FTA between the EU and South Korea continues to reflect these important objectives.
“We are pleased that animal welfare and animal protection are priority issues in EU international trade policy and agreements,” says Joanna Swabe, Ph.D, EU director of HSI. “Humane Society International believes the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement will help pave the way for even stronger animal welfare and animal protection provisions in future trade agreements, and we stand ready to work with the European Commission and European Parliament to achieve that goal.”
The Sanitary and Phytosanitary chapter of the EU-South Korea FTA calls for enhanced cooperation between the Parties on animal welfare issues, including through the exchange of information and efforts to develop animal welfare standards in international fora pertaining to the stunning and slaughter of animals.
The Trade and Sustainable Development chapter also calls on both Parties to effectively implement multilateral environmental agreements to which they are a party in their domestic laws and practices. This would include, for example, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
According to the European Commission, South Korea is the EU's eighth largest trade partner and the EU has become South Korea's second largest export destination.
The EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement was signed in Brussels at the EU-South Korea Summit on 6 October 2010.
How can we insist on what a Government in another country does with its laws and its people traditions. We cannot do anything about it we would be wasting our time if we tried. The only western organisation that would be listened to on such a subject is the one that I am a member of, Namely the Korean War Veterans Association. We are all at least 78 now, whatever nationality. Even we would only be listened to respectfully then ignored,
Stop trying to exert your values on other countries. We are no longer a colonial power!!!