Animals In Print
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From 28 May 2002 Issue
NEW DEVELOPMENTS / STRATEGY in KOREA ANIMALS MATTER!
2. Our current campaign against pro-dogmeat lobbyists
Dear Animal Friends,
The National Dog Meat Restaurants Association's plan to provide foreign visitors with various sample dishes of dog meat during the World Cup has been stopped, but we need to continue our campaign to completely ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. However, please do not fight these people directly. Do not waste your time arguing with them. The fault lies mainly with the Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Food & Drug Administration.
We must fight the root of the problem and therefore concentrate our protest on the government departments which have the power and obligation to abolish dog meat but choose not to do so.
In 1984, the Ministry of Health and Welfare prescribed dog meat and dog soup as disgusting foods. The Food Sanitation Law bans the manufacturing and selling of dog meat. The law states that restaurant owners who sell dog meat should lose their business license if they are caught a third time.
Despite this, the Ministry of Health and Welfare has not attempted to enforce the Law, allowing dog meat restaurants to flourish. Furthermore, they have licensed new dog meat restaurants provided that dog meat is called by a name other than Boshintang. This is clearly a case of gross negligence and we must
respond by sending strong protest letters and faxes to the Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Food & Drug Administration. If you use the Internet, please make best use of it for the protest.
While there are several government agencies in Korea that have some jurisdiction over the dog consumption problem, right now we need to concentrate on the relevant government departments-those with authority over
food and restaurants. So for now let's make sure that the Ministry of Health and Welfare as well as Korea Food & Drug Administration will be flooded with the criticism and protests that they deserve.
Minister Lee, Tae-Bok
The Ministry of Health and Welfare
Kwanchun City, Kyoungki-do
South Korea 427-760
Tel: 82-2-503-7512, Fax: 82-2-504-7568
Mr. Lee Young Soon
Director, Korean Food and Drug Administration
5 Nokbun-dong, Unpyoung-ku
Seoul, South Korea 122-704
(Ask to crack down on, and close dog meat restaurants.)
International Aid for Korean Animals
Korea Animal Protection Society
P.O. Box 20600, Oakland, 94620-0600, USA
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