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Animal rights groups slam South Korea lawmakers for not banning dog meat trade

During the rally in front of the South Korea's National Assembly, protesters set up a symbolic altar piled with life-size replicas of electrocuted dogs at farms.

LEE SUH-YOON:Animal rights groups have called on lawmakers to pass an amended Animal Protection Act banning dog meat consumption. During a rally in front of the South Korea National Assembly, protesters set up a symbolic altar piled with life-size replicas of electrocuted dogs at farms. One activist held up the actual remains of a puppy that had died from poor conditions at a dog farm… The rally was also joined by Hollywood actress Kim Basinger. A vocal animal rights activist, Basinger asked Korean celebrities to join her in the fight to ban the dog meat trade in the country…

In June last year, Rep. Pyo Chang-won of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea proposed a revision bill to the Animal Protection Act that would prevent the slaughter of animals that are not specified as livestock ― namely dogs and cats. The bill, however, has been pending at the committee for over a year without being given a proper review. The delay has caused the slaughter of over a million dogs, rights groups claim…

“How many millions more must die for the National Assembly to face the shameful and cruel history of dog slaughter?” the groups asked. “We condemn the Assembly’s agriculture and livestock industry committee for turning a blind eye to the painful and merciless slaughter of dogs while taking on issues related to pet owner and non-pet owner conflict, the need for animal graves and a registration system to prevent abandoned pets”…

Local rights groups also claim the ban is fitting with the times. According to a 2018 Realmeter poll provided by rally organizers Animal Liberation Wave (ALW) and Last Chance for Animals (LCA), 46 percent of Koreans support a ban on dog meat consumption, while only 18.5 percent are against a ban. The numbers are not surprising, considering over a fifth of the population keep pets as household companions’. SOURCE..

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