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Selling and eating dog meat may soon be legal in Korea

Dogs on their way to slaughter (photo courtesy of Animal Freedom Korea)

Korean Government Seeks to Legalize Sale of Dog Meat

IDA has learned from our colleagues at Animal Freedom Korea (AFK) that the Ministry of the Office for Government Policy Coordination in Korea plans to legalize the sale of dog meat by setting standards for hygienic slaughter and processing. The Ministry recently completed a report on "the hygienic control of dog meat," and is about to open an internal debate. Under current Korean law, dogs cannot be sold as food, but the law is not enforced. If the Ministry's plans for hygienic control succeed, it will effectively legalize the dog meat market.
If the sanitary and environmental problems are so serious as to require government intervention, then the Korean Government must ban dog meat - not legalize it - in order to protect its citizens. AFK participated in the policy discussion for the hygienic control of dog meat and strongly opposed the measure. The group is actively working to block all efforts to legalize dog meat in
Korea .

The sale of dog meat can only be legalized if the scheme is approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), which is responsible for the hygienic control of livestock. However, the MAF has already stated that it is impossible to hygienically control dog meat. In addition, the people of Korea must support legalization for it to take effect. The fact is, very few Koreans eat dog meat and most wish to see it banned. Despite this, the Ministry of the Office for Government Policy Coordination continues to seek legalization.



But better news for dogs in the Phillipines

Total ban on dog meat to be imposed
By Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews/ 30 March 2006

KORONADAL CITY – Bad news for dog-meat lovers here.

The city government here is working for the imposition of a total ban on the slaughter and eating of dogs in the area as part of its efforts to eradicate the spread of the deadly rabies virus and stop such form of cruel act on animals.

Dr. Charlemagne Calo, city veterinarian, said they are currently coordinating Mayor Fernando Miguel for the crafting of a measure that would totally stop the slaughter of dogs and the imposition of various penalties for violators.

He said the proposed ban is anchored on the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 8485 or the animal welfare act of 1998.

"This is actually a test case for us. The law had been there for a long time now but it's hardly implemented by most of the local government units," Calo said.

Section 6 of RA 8485 specifically disallows the torture of any animal, the negligence of the owner to provide adequate care and sustenance for them, the maltreatment of any animal such as subjecting any dog or horse to dogfights or horsefights and their use in unauthorized research or experiments.

It cited that only cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, carabaos, horses, deer and crocodiles are allowed to be slaughtered.

Section 8 of the law stressed that any person who would violate any of its provisions may be penalized with imprisonment of not more than two years or a fine of at least P5,000 or both at the discretion of the court.

Calo said the proposed ban on the slaughter of dogs may effectively help stop the spread of the rabies virus in the city, especially in areas where cases of infection had occurred.

He warned that the consumption of dogs or any animal infected with rabies may cause its transfer to humans.

"Cook will not a virus present in a dog's meat no matter how long it would take," he said.

Calo noted that dog meat is not recommended for human consumption as it is not easily digested by the human system.

Meantime, Calo said the city government has maintained a year round vaccination of dogs and cats against rabies in the city's 27 barangays in a bid to totally wipe out the deadly virus.

He said they have scheduled house-to-house anti-rabies vaccinations in every barangays and provided alloy dog tags to identify animals that were already vaccinated.

Two years ago, the city government declared a rabies outbreak following the confirmed deaths of at least seven persons due to the virus.

But since the city government intensified its rabies awareness and vaccination drive last year, not a single death from rabies infection was since recorded in the city.



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SHOOTING and game keeping bodies and pro-shooting MPs have warned that their sport is at risk from proposed amendments to the Hunting Bill.

The amendments, brought by Michael Foster, the Labour MP who sponsored a previous anti-hunting Bill, would ban the use of terriers below ground by gamekeepers and any use of dogs between March 1 and Nov 30.

If passed they would represent a breach of the Government’s manifesto commitment to protect shooting and fishing.

Mr Foster is also seeking to bring about a ban on all forms of hunting below 500 metres above sea level - effectively a ban on all lowland and much upland hunting, as foxes are often killed lower down than they are found.

They are also worried about elements of the Hunting Bill itself, such as the requirement that no more than two dogs may be used to stalk or flush mammals. This could they say, be used to prevent all organised shooting and beating with dogs.

Mr Michael has confirmed that handlers competing in field trials would have to be registered under the Hunting Bill if they flushed hares. The Bill’s proposed ‘utility’ and ‘cruelty’ tests mean that applications for a licence would be unsuccessful, as the purpose of the activity is competition, not pest control.

Mr Michael said he found it difficult to find a way to avoid field trials having to be registered in relation to hares.

"Because that would be inconsistent with the purposes for which the hunting of hares is allowed under the Bill," he said. "Of course, hunting rabbits is exempt and therefore the problem does not arise.

"The trials must be treated in the same way as hunting in general. That means that rabbits fall on one side of the divide and registration is not required and that, in relation to hares, the same requirements apply to trials as they do to hunting.

"In relation to game birds, no registration is necessary because such activities are not caught by the Bill."

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