SEOUL, Jun. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Following the controversy surrounding ‘May,’ a retired detection dog found to be used in animal experiments at Seoul National University, the South Korean government has introduced a policy listing harsher restrictions on conducting experiments on working animals.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced on Wednesday that it will allow experiments on working animals only when it is deemed ‘inevitable,’ such as when a working animal is absolutely required for certain method of training.
The ministry plans to amend enforcement regulations for relevant animal protection laws to enforce the policy.
The ministry also plans to increase applicable fines imposed for illegal experimentation, which currently stand at less than 3 million won (US$2,540).
The supervising role of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will also be strengthened to require review when there are critical changes in the content of an experiment, and order a shutdown if the experiment differs from what has been approved.
Management plans for detection dogs will also be revised to establish a long-term plan for supplying detection dogs not only through cloning, but also through purchasing breeding dogs and expanding reproduction.
There are currently 61 detection dogs at the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, 10 of which have retired to the detection dog center. Detection dogs normally retire at the age of 8 or 9.
“We will provide veterinarians to exclusively treat detection dogs, and constantly check whether detection agents abide by the rules to help bolster the welfare of detection dogs currently on duty,” said the ministry.
“Aged dogs will be sent for review and put up for adoption regularly. Their management will continue to be tracked by the ministry.”
H. M. Kang (email@example.com)
Animals don’t belong to anyone to hurt them. Animals belong to families and are the most incredible member of the same. Don’t hurt innocent creatures, because that’s simply torture. No product is worth anybody’s suffering. Knowing that helpless animals have been tested on and tortured for “health benefits• (absolutely unproven and in most cases untrue), knowing this only produces rejection. Animals are not to be experimented on or made fun of or be used as entertainment or slavery. They are companions and in many cases, the best possible ones. They will always love you in exchange for a smile a pat and some demonstration that you care……………They will give you all that they have in exchange for nothing. Doesn’t that sound like the best deal ever????? We just have to focus on opening the eyes of more people so they realise the kindness and loyalty of all animals. Just so the right thing and think how you would feel if you had to go through exactly that……..No one can be indifferent upon the infliction of pain onto others……..it would most definitely be inhuman.
STOP THE MINDLESS SLAUGHTER OF COMPNION ANIMALS
Your country is known for the abuse to animals. Your country has no respect for the animals. Why do you allow such evil to them? Some dogs are stolen and then butchered alive so painfully that its very hard to ignore. You allow cats to be boiled alive .Please evolve and stop the horrific torture to innocent animals .