Animal Protection Laws
Although it is illegal to eat dog meat in many countries around the world, law enforcement is weak and it continues being a popular dish even where it is prohibited.
World Dog Alliance, an organization that promotes “clear legislation banning dog meat consumption
World Dog Alliance (WDA) is the first and only organization dedicated to “promoting clear legislation on banning dog meat consumption” in countries around the world. Through the united efforts of NGOs and individuals, WDA hopes to end the suffering of 30 million dogs who are slaughtered every year in Asian countries for their flesh. WDA also aims to end the human suffering of losing a companion to the dog meat trade, where 70% of dogs slaughtered as food are stolen pets.
WDA believes that dogs are special animals, they are our family members and soulmates. The torturous transport, violent treatment and brutal slaughter are all completely intolerable actions that cannot be justified
under any circumstances. WDA considers legislation to be the ultimate solution and end to these horrors perpetrated on man’s best friend.
Many non-profit organizations focus on the risks posed by dog meat to humans such as transmittable diseases like rabies. Although WDA acknowledges these human concerns, our organization is more concerned with the deep suffering of the dogs used for food in Asia. By shifting focus from animal cruelty to human related concerns there is the potential that Asian governments will simply respond by regulating the vaccination, transport, slaughter and food safety of dogs – rather than banning their consumption. WDA is committed to banning the consumption of dog meat under any circumstances due to the inherent cruelty of betraying the undeniable connection between dogs and humans.
Animal welfare and rights in South Korea
Animal welfare and rights in South Korea is about the laws concerning and treatment of non-human animals in South Korea. South Korea's animal welfare laws are weak by international standards, and ethical vegetarianism and veganism appear to be rare. There is a handful of animal welfare and rights organizations working in South Korea, which appear to be focused largely on the welfare of companion animals and the dog meat trade.
The law prohibits cruelty against vertebrates such as cattle, horses, pigs, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, deer, foxes and mink, thus excluding fish, crustaceans, and other animals commonly used by humans. Cruelty includes killing an animal by a cruel method or in public or in the presence of an animal of the same species; injuring an animal with a "tool or drug"; collecting fluid from the body of a live animal; injuring an animal for entertainment; or otherwise injury without grounds approved by the Ordinance of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. The law exempts acts done for the prevention or treatment of disease, experimentation or "folk games".
The penalty for cruelty is imprisonment with labor up to 1 year or a ten million won (approximately 850 USD) fine. The penalty for abandonment is up to one million won. The law gives the state no powers to ban people from owning animals if they have been convicted of cruelty, nor does it impose higher penalties for repeat animal cruelty offenders.
The law also creates a duty of care. Under the original law, owners and keepers of animals must provide appropriate feed and water and endeavor to ensure that animals in their care exercise and rest adequately. A 2011 amendment changes the "endeavor" wording to a strict liability requirement, and creates a penalty of imprisonment for some offences.
Concerning farm animals in particular, the law requires animals to be registered, stipulates certain protections for animals in transport, and requires that slaughter be done using a method specified by the Ordinance of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, such as stunning or gas. The government is to formulate and implement a comprehensive animal welfare plan every five years, including matters related to animal farming.
Regarding animal testing, alternatives to animals must be considered, animals less sensitive to pain should be used where possible, anesthetics are required, and lost or abandoned animals which have served humans (e.g. guide dogs) must not be used. The law stipulates that Animal Experimentation Ethics Committees be created in facilities where animals are experimented on.
In addition to the Animal Protection Act,the Wildlife Protection and Management Act prohibits killing wild animals by cruel methods like poisoning; hurting captured animals; and collecting fluid or body parts from a living wild animal.
In 2014, South Korea received a D out of possible grades A,B,C,D,E,F,G on World Animal Protection's Animal Protection Index.
Animal farming and consumption
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Animal welfare and rights in China
Animal welfare and rights in China is a topic of growing interest, and the ideas of animal welfare and animal rights were introduced to China in the 1990s. Animal-rights activists frequently condemn China's treatment of animals. Movements towards animal welfare and animal rights are expanding in China, including among homegrown Chinese activists.
Animal-rights movement in China
"In many ways, the animal welfare movement in China is maturing far faster than it ever did in the West."
Jill Robinson - China's animal-protection movement is growing, particularly among young people, especially those in urban areas and on the Internet. International NGOs played some role in igniting China's animal movement, but local groups are increasingly taking over.
China is home to 130 million dogs, mostly pets. As China becomes wealthier, more people are owning pets, which increases opposition to animal cruelty. In Apil 2012, activists rescued 505 dogs that were headed to slaughter from a truck where they had endured harsh conditions.
A 2011 survey of about 6000 Chinese found that while about 2/3 of respondents had never previously heard of "animal welfare", 65.8% expressed at least partial support of animal-welfare laws, and more than half said they were fully or partially willing to pay more for humane animal products.
Animal welfare in Thailand
Animal welfare in Thailand relates to the treatment of animals in fields such as agriculture, hunting, medical testing and the domestic ownership of animals. It is distinct from animal conservation.
Animals protected by the law are defined as those "raised as pets, as animals for work, as beasts of burden, as friends, as livestock, as performing show animals, or for any other purpose, no matter with or without owners". Owners of animals are now required by law to "raise, nurture and keep the animals in appropriate conditions with good health and sanitation and with sufficient food and water". Within the act, the term "owner" is deemed to cover all family members, domestic help, and any friends assigned to take care of a pet.
Menus with live vertebrate are now illegal in Thailand. Trading in and consuming dog and cat meat is now illegal in Thailand under the 2014 Act. Feeding live prey to snakes, crocodiles or other animals is also prohibited.
It prohibits neglect, torture, and uncaring transport of live animals. Neglect includes improper housing and transportation of animals, which can lead to injury and death. An offense is punishable by law, which may impose a two year-term in prison, and a fine of up to 40,000 baht(US$1,663), or both.
Pet owners who dump unwanted dogs and cats at temples can now be charged with abandoning and endangering the animal. People are instead encouraged take injured or unwanted animals to animal welfare organisations and associations who will raise the funds required or contact the authorities to manage the problem.
Philippines or Taiwan
Countries such as the Philippines or Taiwan have included animal welfare acts to ban the trading and eating of dog meat, but the law is not enforced.