Target: Mayor of Seongnam, South Korea, Jae-Myung Lee
Goal: Close South Korea’s largest dog meat market
The largest market for dog meat in South Korea is the “Moran Market” in Seongnam, known for the thousands of animals it brutally slaughters every year. The dogs are sent to the market from all around the country, where they then wait to be killed. Some of the market dogs were even former pets whose owners abandoned them or lost them. After arriving at the market, the dogs are forced to live in cramped cages shoved all together, until a customer chooses them. At this point, the dog is killed as the customer waits, sometimes by electrocution, beating, or being thrown into boiling water while still alive.
These acts are committed right in the market, in front of the other dogs and the public. There is no attempt to hide these brutal killings, even though they are illegal. The hundreds of thousands of dogs slaughtered in the Moran Market are killed illegally, yet no one makes any attempt to stop it. This is because the public simply does not care enough, and their indifference is mirrored by that of the government.
There are a number of laws that would prohibit the raising and killing of dogs for human consumption, yet none of these laws are enforced. There is a small number of animal rights activists in South Korea who have been working to end the dog slaughter, but their small size hinders them. Stand with the South Korean activists and demand that the dog meat market in Seongnam is closed down forever.
Dear Mayor Jae-Myung Lee,
The “Moran Market” that has made Seongnam so infamous must be closed down. There are a number of reasons for this, all of which are equally important. Firstly, the slaughter of dogs for human consumption is illegal in the country of South Korea, and the Market breaks many other laws. These are numerous and include the Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, which expressly fails to categorize dogs as livestock that can be legally used to make food. Besides this most obvious law, there are also violations under the Livestock Safety Management Act and the Animal Protection Law.
The government must take action and enforce these laws. The dog meat industry is not endorsed by the international community in any way, and South Korea is isolating itself from the rest of the world by continuing to break its own laws and slaughter these animals. Ending the dog meat industry would only increase South Korea’s standing in the world and would earn the respect of many other countries. This is a hard issue to tackle, and it is only fitting that it begins at the largest dog market, in Seongnam. By closing down this market, South Korea will become a country that does not endorse the consumption of dog meat, or the abuse of these animals.
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