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Caught in the Crosshairs: South Korea’s Water Deer Struggle for Survival Amid Modern Threats

Caught in the Crosshairs: South Korea’s Water Deer Struggle for Survival Amid Modern Threats

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Korea Bizwire) –In a concerning development for wildlife conservation, the water deer (Hydropotes inermis argyropus) in South Korea are embroiled in a struggle for survival. Classified as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the water deer shares its precarious status with renowned fauna such as lions, [...]

KARA Director Jeon Jin-kyung Advocates for a Paradigm Shift in Animal Rights and Welfare

KARA Director Jeon Jin-kyung Advocates for a Paradigm Shift in Animal Rights and Welfare

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Korea Bizwire) –In a recent interview with Yonhap News, Jeon Jin-kyung, the director of Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA), shed light on the complex emotional world of animals, emphasizing their ability to experience a wide range of feelings such as frustration, fear, pride, and shyness, much like humans. She criticized the cruel [...]

Advocacy Organizations Rally for Freedom: Demanding Release of Sole Beluga Whale from Lotte World Aquarium

Advocacy Organizations Rally for Freedom: Demanding Release of Sole Beluga Whale from Lotte World Aquarium

SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Civic groups called Tuesday for the release of Bella from Lotte World Aquarium in Seoul, in the latest appeal to send back the only surviving female beluga whale to her natural habitat. Hot Pink Dolphins, a marine environmental group, along with four civic groups denounced Lotte World for not [...]

Rescued ‘Rib Lion’ Thriving in New Home at Cheongju Zoo

Rescued ‘Rib Lion’ Thriving in New Home at Cheongju Zoo

CHEONGJU, Sept. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Barami, a male lion who earned the unfortunate nickname “rib lion” due to his skinny body that showed his ribs, is thriving in his new home at Cheongju Zoo. On September 12, Cheongju Zoo announced that 19-year-old Barami is adjusting well to his improved surroundings. He’s getting along with two [...]

Abandoned School Transforms into Stray Cat Sanctuary in Picturesque Tongyeong

Abandoned School Transforms into Stray Cat Sanctuary in Picturesque Tongyeong

TONGYEONG, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — An abandoned school situated on an island in the picturesque locale of Tongyeong, South Korea, has undergone a remarkable transformation. Related: Closed School Transformed into Cat Park in Tongyeong, Naples of Asia This former school has been lovingly repurposed into a welcoming sanctuary for stray cats who had nowhere else [...]

Controversial Video of Neglected Lion Sparks Change and Prompts Reflection on the Future of Zoos

Controversial Video of Neglected Lion Sparks Change and Prompts Reflection on the Future of Zoos

SEOUL, July 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Earlier this month, a video depicting animals in distressing conditions, including a lion with visible ribs, generated significant controversy. The Busan Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an organization dedicated to animal protection, shared the video on social media, shedding light on the Bukyeong Zoo in Gimhae, [...]

Food Companies Release Series of Plant-based Meat Products amid Growing Interest in Animal Welfare

Food Companies Release Series of Plant-based Meat Products amid Growing Interest in Animal Welfare

SEOUL, May 8 (Korea Bizwire) — So-called ‘meatless meat’ that is made from plant-based ingredients without animal products is gaining popularity among consumers. Shinsegae Food Inc., the food unit of of South Korean retail giant Shinsegae, reported that sales of its ‘No-chicken Nuggets’, released last month, were three times higher than the company’s sales projections. [...]