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“One Health, New Wave”: 33rd World Veterinary Congress Opens in Incheon

“One Health, New Wave”: 33rd World Veterinary Congress Opens in Incheon

INCHEON, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Thousands of veterinarians gathered Monday in Incheon, west of Seoul, to discuss ways to enhance the health of humans, animals and the environment around the world. In a speech opening the 33rd World Veterinary Congress earlier in the day, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said, “The congress will [...]

For Some Koreans, Pets Are Disposable Too

For Some Koreans, Pets Are Disposable Too

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Let’s try a thought experiment for a moment. Picture in your mind, an empty, crushed aluminum soda can. It’s slightly sticky around the edges and speckled with dirt. Got it? Now, picture in your mind a one month-old puppy. It’s fluffy, helpless and frightened. See the connection? If you’re wondering [...]

Pet Stories from South Korea’s Presidential Hopefuls

Pet Stories from South Korea’s Presidential Hopefuls

SEOUL, March 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Animal welfare has been a centerpiece of debate for South Korean politicians recently with the rising popularity of pets in the country. Data shows 21.8 percent of local households were living with animal companions in 2016 with the pet industry expected to triple by 2020 to a 6-trillion-won ($5.34 [...]

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 [...]

Parliament Passes Law Requiring License for ‘Pet Dog Factories’

Parliament Passes Law Requiring License for ‘Pet Dog Factories’

SEOUL, March 3 (Korea Biziwre) – The National Assembly has passed a law requiring those who run “pet dog factories” to get business licenses from provincial governments, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said Friday.  The assembly passed the legislation Thursday to enhance hygiene and prevent ill treatment of dogs at the factories, [...]

Korea’s ‘Animal Nurse’ Policy Faced with Opposition

Korea’s ‘Animal Nurse’ Policy Faced with Opposition

SEOUL, May 30 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs revealed on May 18 that it plans to implement an ‘animal nurse’ policy, in which non-veterinarian assistants perform basic medical treatments such as blood gathering and teeth scaling.  The goal of the plan is to strengthen animal welfare as well as [...]