Letter to Government on Ridiculous Dog Breeding Initiative PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 12:51

UPDATE, April 4, 2010:

Great news! As a result of protests and complaints from animal organizations and individuals around Korea, the government confirmed on April 2 that it will not go ahead with the Busan puppy mills project! At first we heard it would be "postponed," which was of course unacceptable. But now, it seems, it has been cancelled!


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Protesters in Busan.

In a move that has stunned animal welfare and rights groups in Korea, the Korean government has decided to open and support puppy mill operations, starting in Busan in March, 2010.

A news item about it is here.

Protests have been lodged and among them is this letter sent to one of the major backers in the crazy enterprise, the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, and to the manager of the project, Kim Tae Su:

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am astounded by the plans of the Korean government to open a Companion Animal Breeding Center at the Agricultural Technology Center in Kijang-kun, Busan.

The Korean government's scheme to make money by exploiting more animals appears to be unnecessary, irresponsible, and short sighted. It is an action that could lead to a national animal welfare disaster. I therefore have some questions about the logic behind this very strange initiative.

1. An over-population of companion animals already exists in Korea, and yet the government's response is to breed more dogs.
  • Does the government think that breeding more dogs will make the dog over-population problem worse or better?
2. The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery announced that the average number of abandoned animals annually is up around 100,000. Animal protection groups estimated that the truer figure is up around 700,000 animals abandoned.
  • Why isn't the government trying to fix this problem first before breeding yet more dogs?
3. In forward thinking and progressive societies the trend is to promote the adoption of shelter animals. In West Hollywood, for example, pet shops are now required to sell only dogs from dog shelters. A dog breeding facility backed by the government is a very long way from this kind of smart and intelligent thinking.
  • Why isn't the government trying to solve the abandoned dog problem through the reselling of shelter dogs or by widely promoting their adoption?
4. Currently, shelters around Korea are full of the kinds of dogs the Korean government plans to breed. These poor dogs live in crowded shelters because they have been abandoned by irresponsible Koreans.
  • Is the government prepared to start spending money to assist the many dog shelters that exist all over Korea?
  • Will the government spend even more money to help animals shelters when the abandoned animal problem becomes worse?
5. Volunteer and animal welfare agencies are already struggling to help dog shelters with food and aid. They have to raise money themselves because the government offers no help.
  • Is the government going to start helping animal welfare agencies by providing them with financial assistance?
6. Animal welfare laws in Korea are inadequate and not enforced. With more dogs being bred, there will be more abuse and more abandonment.
  • Will the government spend money to educate the public about the proper treatment of animals and about the evils of abandoning animals?
  • Will the government also upgrade its animal protection laws, or else will it finally begin to properly enforce the current animal protection laws?
7. The Korean government is rushing headlong into a money making scheme without having considered the consequences.
  • Why were animal welfare agencies not consulted in the decision making process concerning the dog breeding scheme?
  • Did the government want to avoid hearing about any inconvenient animal welfare or ethics issues relating to this scheme?
8. Only people sympathetic or useful to the government appear to have been consulted about the dog breeding initiative
  • Why did the government go ahead with the breeding initiative without allowing any public debate about it?
9. The dog breeding scheme will draw condemnation from the international community. Already people avoid buying Korean products because of the disgraceful dog meat industry.
  • It would appear that the government does not care what the international community thinks about Korea. Is this true?
  • Should the government cancel the dog breeding initiative, so that it can prevent further social problems, further shame and further criticism of Korea regarding its poor animal welfare standards?
I look forward to your responses to these questions. I have written about your dog breeding policy online and I will also publish your answers online for the international community.

Indeed any answers, if sent, will be published on this site.

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The following are contact details for where to submit protests:

Online complaint and query submission:

http://www.epeople.go.kr/jsp/user/on/eng

Person in Charge of the Project in Gijang County Office
(Agricultural Technology Center)
Kim Tae Su

Tel: 82-51-709-5310
E-mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Minister For Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF)
Mr. Chang,Tae-pyung

Government Complex,
Gwacheon, Jungang-dong,
Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do
Korea
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: 822- 500-1501~2/ 822-2110-4000

Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Government Complex,
Gwacheon, Jungang-dong,
Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do
Korea
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: 822-503-7200
Fax: 822- 503- 7249

Mayor of Busan Mr. Huh-Nam-shik

(611- 735)
Busan City Hall
051-120, Jungang-ro 2001
Yeonjae- Ku, Busan
Korea
Tel: 8251- 120

Mayor of Gijang- Gun, Busan

(619- 906)
400, Gijang Dae-ro, Gijang-up
Gijang-gun, Busan
Korea
Tel: 8251-709- 4000
Fax: 8251- 709- 4444

Gijang Agriculture Technology Center
Shin-Mun-Go

(120- 705)
New Im-gwang Bldg.,
81 Uijuro, Seodaemun-gu
Seoul, Korea
Tel: 8251- 709- 5303

Rural Development Administration
Administrator Mr. Kim, Jae-soo

(441-707)
Suin-ro, 150, Gwonseon-gu
Suwon city, Gyeonggi-do
Korea
Tel: 8231- 299-2200
Fax: 8231- 299- 2469

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