S Korea gets tough on animal cruelty

2011-07-04 13:02

Seoul - South Korea will impose tougher penalties including possible prison terms for cruelty to animals following a highly publicised case, the government said on Monday.

Under a revision to the animal protection law, people who mistreat pets will face a jail term of up to one year or a maximum fine of 10 million won ($9 400), the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.

The current penalty allows only a maximum fine of five million won.

"The revised law reflects the people's increasing concerns over ill-treatment of animals," the ministry said in a statement.

Public awareness of animal cruelty rose sharply recently after a local TV programme highlighted a case in which a man beat a dog almost to death.

An animal rights group has offered a one million won reward for the arrest of the offender, who has not been traced.

The revised law will also compel dog owners to register ownership with local governments from 2013.

The number of pets abandoned or lost on the street rose from about 25 000 in 2003 to more than 100 000 last year, the ministry said.

  • Ralph Long - 2011-07-04 13:59

    Hmmm, don't believe all you read here. I live in Seoul and I can tell you they feel nothing for animals in general. The other day they buried thousands of pigs alive because of suspected foot-and-mouth disease. Dogs are consumed by them too even though it is illegal. So most things are said here are to 'save face' but in reality nothing is done about it by the law enforcement officials. So don't hold your breath that things will change.

  • scott - 2011-07-04 14:06

    how many are eaten? i want some recipies.

  • William - 2011-07-04 18:04

    Visit the dog farms if you want to see cruelty

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