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Asia News: Animal Rights

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Animal rights groups from South Korea and Taiwan Tuesday called on the Asia Society to stop South Korea from legalizing dog meat consumption.
They also launched a one-person-one-letter campaign to South Korea's new president Lee Myung-bak and the Mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon to stop men's best friend -dogs, from being consumed in South Korea's dog market.

"Time is running out. We need help from the international community. We have to gather strength from the international society to save dogs in South Korea and get the South Korean government to reverse its direction," said Park Seo-yun, chief executive officer of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth from South Korea during a press conference yesterday.

The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan, the press conference's main organizer, also made public video clips from South Korea showing dogs being cruelly raised, sold, and butchered in local dog markets. The video clips were a sharp contrast to yesterday's press conference, when several Labrador Retrievers and poodles freely ran across the conference hall.

Legislator Wang Sing-nan, who had successfully pushed for legally prohibited dog meat consumption in Taiwan, said at the press conference that he will launch a signature campaign in the Legislature and will send the petition to the South Korean President and Seoul City Mayor to dissuade them from passing related dog meat consumption legislations.

On March 24, Park said that the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced a "Dog Meat Hygiene Management Policy," which listed dogs as "livestock." She said it is expected that after South Korea's parliamentary elections end in April, and after a related hearing is held in May, a proposal will be made immediately to the central government to amend the "Livestock Products Processing Act.