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Are Dogs Livestock? Civic Groups Protest For and Against Dog Meat

Are Dogs Livestock? Civic Groups Protest For and Against Dog Meat

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Animal rights groups held a rally in protest after the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs included dogs under the category of livestock in the enforcement ordinance of livestock legislation. The “Companion Animal Organization” against dog meat held a rally near the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, Sunday [...]

Civilian Dog Designated as Civil K-9 for Outstanding Service

Civilian Dog Designated as Civil K-9 for Outstanding Service

SUWON, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — A Belgian Shepherd dog that received body detection training at a local pet training center showed outstanding performance in finding missing persons. The Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency designated Jesper, and her owner Roh Il-ho as Honorary Neighborhood Police Officers. Roh has been running a pet training center in [...]

Seoul City Shuts Down All Remaining Dog Slaughterhouses

Seoul City Shuts Down All Remaining Dog Slaughterhouses

SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul’s last surviving dog slaughterhouses have finally been shut down after constant pressure from the mayor. The result comes after a year and two months of crackdowns, pressure, and convincing by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The city announced on Thursday that the last three dog slaughterhouses in downtown Seoul [...]

S. Korea’s Pet Care Market Estimated at US$1.57 bln in 2019

S. Korea’s Pet Care Market Estimated at US$1.57 bln in 2019

SEOUL, Apr. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s pet care market is estimated at US$1.57 billion this year, industry data showed Friday, with cat food being one of the major contributors. The estimate marks a 5.4 percent on-year rise from last year’s estimated $1.49 billion, and a twofold jump from 2011, industry tracker Euromonitor International [...]

SNU Ethics Committee Launches Probe into Professor’s Alleged Mistreatment of a Dog

SNU Ethics Committee Launches Probe into Professor’s Alleged Mistreatment of a Dog

SEOUL, Apr. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul National University (SNU) has launched an investigation into veterinary professor Lee Byeong-chun, who has been accused of abusing a working dog, which is mobilized for quarantines and other work, in the course of testing. It was announced on Tuesday that the Special Committee on Animal Testing Ethics is [...]