Kind hearted Seoul Mayor Pak Won soon announced his compassionate pledge to audience members at a cinema, shortly after watching an animated film called Underdog, which was about abandoned dogs. He went onto tell that audience members that over 8,000 stray dogs were abandoned in Seoul every year, and he vowed to do more.
With regard to dog eating, he said he had already shut down most of the butchers and slaughter houses in the city, but there were still a few remaining, the Korea Times reported.
Having a caring Mayor like Park Won-soon gives us all hope, that good will eventually prevail over evil. With a background in human rights, he is such a wonderful man that he has also been speaking about animal rights for decades, although back then people condemned him for it, because they said human rights were more important.
Our wonderful Korean activist friends CCSOGAN have been campaigning in the city for the last few years, with demonstrations at markets, petition signing at their information stall and engaging the public with awareness leaflets. They even have an awareness advert on taxis with our logo and theirs, that our kind supporters helped pay for. All of this hard work and activism leads to this great piece of news today. And shows us why we must keep on going.
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On February 9th 2018 the Winter Olympics will open in PyeongChang, South Korea and run till February 25th. This means thousands of people from all over the word with visit the capital. Despite concerted action of activists participants will not choose animal welfare over sport and boycott this event. Our hope now is by lobbying them athletes who are attending they will speak out against the dog meat trade.
At the previous South Korean Olympics in 1988 the government ordered a temporary closure of restaurants leading people to believe very few people actually eat dog meat. This time however they have not intervened. is not as easy for them to whitewash over the truth since any google search of dog meat and Korea paints a very different story.
There had been a plan by local councils to give grants to restaurants who would remove the word dog meat from restaurant signage as well as images and even though we were told this plan had been pushed back many restaurants have removed the word anyway. This means tourists are likely to choose and eat dog meat without really knowing.
Our activist partners GAON who we worked with to help ban live slaughter of dogs at Moran Market will be holding a protest on February 9th as close to the open ceremony as they can.
We will be holding our own awareness event in Central London on February 10th. For more information on this please follow our social media pages.
GAON ( Dasom) have now taken their work to the field investigating and forcing closure through legal loopholes to dog farms and we continue to support them both financially and also through our network.
In the UK we have a new Minister for Asia, Mark Field, and whilst we were disappointed he was told it is just a few elderly people who still consume dog meat he will continue to push our concerns forward both in Korea and in China on his next official visits.
President Moon Jae-In owns a rescued dog himself and whilst he will not go so far as to say it wrong to eat dog meat he has been advocating more dog socialization parks and encouraging animal welfare provisions to be implemented. In fact animal welfare formed part of his presidential campaign. Having an ‘ official’ dog in his official residence sends out a message that change is needed. Unfortunately though education still needs to happen in Korea so that people recognise there is no distinction between ‘ meat dog’s’ and pets.