Applaud South Korea’s First Animal Welfare Act


Target: Lee Hae-Sik, Mayor, Gangdong District Office

Goal: Commend the establishment of an animal welfare charter, the first of its kind in South Korea

Recently, a district in Seoul became the first South Korean area to implement an animal welfare bill. This comes half a year after the district opened feeding centers for stray animals, also a first for South Korea.

The new ordinances will outline duties of the government and citizens to protect animal welfare, and establish a new standard for animal protection through various regulations. Under the act, facilities will be built and staff will be hired to ensure protection of  pets, strays, and food animals. A charter will be created, with citizens appointed as “honorary rangers” to monitor their communities.

Seoul, with its many stray cat colonies throughout the city, has already seen benefits from taking in and feeding stray animals at centers. The strays, often victim to cruelty or careless drivers, have shown a marked improvement since the feeding program began. The district’s general environment has improved with cruelty awareness, and breeding is more easily controlled and documented by government officials.

The new act will not only lessen the suffering of thousands of animals in the district, but also set a new precedent for compassion towards animals that the entire country may follow. Four lawmakers are currently lobbying to enact a similar country-wide bill, which would make South Korea the first East Asian country to do so.

Where many Asian countries have lax or nonexistent animal protection laws, South Korea is emerging as a leader in the animal compassion movement. Congratulate the Gangdong District on their progress and ask that continued work be done to ensure animal protection across the country.


Dear Lee Hae-Sik, Mayor, Gangdong District Office,

Recently, Gangdong became the first district in South Korea to implement an animal protection ordinance. The new laws will establish a new precedent for animal rights in East Asia with a charter, new staff, and new facilities. The charter will explain the duties of the government and its citizens to uphold animal welfare, with citizens appointed “honorary rangers” to serve as eyes and ears for possible violations.

This new act, protecting pets, strays, and farm animals, will greatly improve quality of life for thousands of animals and could possibly pave the way to country-wide animal rights laws. Thank you for your work to ensure the compassionate treatment of Gangdong’s animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kok Leng Yeo via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Jitka valkova says:

    Welcome to 19 th century … Oh wait …

    • 19th century? Many of the modern pioneers in animal welfare had no animal protection whatsoever and were still engaging in vicious blood sports right up until somewhere in the 20th century.

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