In South Korea: Increased Protection for Whales; Startling Death of Pigs

First, a Paws Up!
To the government of South Korea for tightening rules on whaling.

According to a news source, “South Korea says it will tighten rules on whaling and the processing of whale meat amid international pressure to curb illegal hunting of the endangered giant mammals. The agriculture ministry said the new rules…will require fishermen to report to police immediately discoveries of whales trapped in their nets or washed ashore.

A sperm whale diving.

Photo by Kym Parry

“South Korea has banned whaling for commercial sale since 1986 but allows trading of those accidentally caught dead in fishing nets on washed up dead onshore.

“But the incidence of accidental fishing of whales has surged in recent years, drawing suspicion from IWC member nations, the ministry said.”

Take Action: Please write a letter to the minister of agriculture thanking his country for helping curb the growing issue of illegal whale hunting around South Korea.

Yoo Jeong-bok, Minister
Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Gwacheon Government Complex, 1
Joongang-Dong,
Gwacheon-Si,
Gyeonggi-Do
Seoul, South Korea
E-mail: master@mifaff.go.kr

Source:
news.yahoo.com/
www.physorg.com/

 


 

Second, a Paws Down!
To South Korea for burying pigs alive trying to control an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease.

To control an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease, the government of South Korea has decided to slaughter them “in record numbers despite appeals to stop,” rather than vaccinate them against the disease.

A happy pig roams a grassy area.

Photo by NHES

“On January 4 in one area of Gangwon-Do, 33,900 pigs alone were destroyed, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health.” Not all pigs are being humanely slaughtered; over one million have been dumped on top of each other in large trucks, which carry them to mass graves where they are buried alive.

South Korea endorsed international guidelines on humane killing five years ago. What they are doing now is in violation of those guidelines.

Of course, the best way to prevent the death of any living, breathing, sentient farm animal is to embrace a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.

Take Action: Please write a polite letter to the minister of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries requesting the government of South Korea cease the inhumane culling of pigs by burying them live and instead vaccinate pigs against the disease.

Yoo Jeong-bok, Minister
Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Gwacheon Government Complex, 1
Joongang-Dong,
Gwacheon-Si,
Gyeonggi-Do
Seoul, South Korea
E-mail: master@mifaff.go.kr

Source:
news.sky.com/
www.telegraph.co.uk/

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