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Number of Abandoned Pets Increases Fivefold Amid Heat Wave

Number of Abandoned Pets Increases Fivefold Amid Heat Wave

CHEONGJU, Aug. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The summer holidays may be the least enjoyable time for family animals, as pets are said to be abandoned the most during this time of year. Although the unfavorable practice has been occurring yearly, it has been especially problematic this summer due to the intense heat wave that has [...]

Cats, Once A Symbol of Luck, Face Ordeal in Modern South Korea

Cats, Once A Symbol of Luck, Face Ordeal in Modern South Korea

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Nearly one million stray cats roaming around the streets of South Korea face hardships, torture, and sometimes the risk of death due to the negative stereotypes that follow them like a shadow. The character of cats has been vastly misrepresented for some time in Korea, and the stereotypes and dislike [...]

Popularity of Pets Soars, but 50% of Owners Consider Abandoning Them

Popularity of Pets Soars, but 50% of Owners Consider Abandoning Them

SEOUL, March 21 (Korea Bizwire) – Recent data from the Seoul Institute indicates that one-fifth (20.4 percent) of households in the Korea’s capital now have animal companions as part of their family.  The data, which was based on interviews of 1,014 adults in the city, showed that only 22.8 percent never raised pets, while 56.8 [...]

Dog Owners Could be Banned from Treating Their Own Pets

Dog Owners Could be Banned from Treating Their Own Pets

SEOUL, June 29 (Korea Bizwire) – As more and more pet owners are starting to treat their pets on their own due to expensive medical fees charged by veterinarians, they may soon face legal punishment if the Veterinarians Act is amended by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA). A recent petition started by [...]