Help Animals Asia to Stop Korean Dogs Being Classified as Livestock, and fit for Human Consumption

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Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 10:54 AM
Subject: Please don’t classify dogs and cats as livestock
Mayor of Seoul Mr Oh Se-hoon
Address: Euljiro1, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-744, Korea

Dear Mr Oh Se-hoon,Animals Asia Foundation is an animal welfare organisation working to restore respect to all animals across Asia. One of our programmes is Friends…or Food? through which we work on the ground in China to eradicate the use of dogs and cats as “meat” animals.As such, we are extremely disturbed by the proposal of the Municipality of Seoul released in the Dog Meat Hygiene Management Policy, to list dogs as livestock. As supporters of the Korean Animal Protection Society (KAPS) and the Korea Association for Animal Protection (KAAP), we fully support and endorse their campaign to protest this legislation.

Listing dogs as livestock for human consumption under the Korean national legislation, would make Korea the first country in the world to legalise dog meat, and would also make Korea’s President the first national leader in the world to permit dogs to be used “as food for human consumption”.

Animals Asia believes that to advocate or legislate the slaughter of dogs for consumption would legitimise the practice and undermine the great work of countries like Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong that have already outlawed the practice of dog eating. In China, we are seeing a groundswell of change with an increase in pet ownership, and a huge increase in awareness of dogs as companion animals, not livestock.

Animals Asia strongly urges your government to prevent the legalisation of dog eating in your national laws and to prohibit the consumption of dog meat as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Jill Robinson, MBE
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation