March was a month of bad news, including a fire and a crazy
government initiative that will create future problems for
Fire Kills 130 Animals at Buchon Shelter
We are very sad to report that a fire at the Buchon Miracle
Shelter has killed around 130 dogs and cats.
This is a shelter many people, including KARA, have been
supporting with donations and aid. The cause of it and
the whereabouts of the manager are unknown ...
A memorial service for the victims was held in Seoul ...
Korean Government Puppy Mills
In a move that has astounding animal rights groups in Korea,
the Korean government has launched a government backed puppy
mill operation ...
We have protested this bizarre and irresponsible action, and
we have sought clarification of the logic behind it, but
only get standard issue replies ...
KARA Volunteers Clean Up Maseok Shelter
In contrast to the bad news of a shelter fire and government
backed puppy mills, KARA volunteers spent at day at aseok
Shelter helping out.
As far as shelters go, it's barely adequate, but it does
give a home for dogs that would be worse off without it ...
Attempted Rescue of Namhan Mountain Strays
Typically, many Koreans abandon their dogs in the mountains.
Some dogs survive, others are trapped and killed, and others
end up in shelters. amhan Mountain east of Seoul is a large
mountainous area where many dogs are abandoned.
Some KARA members tried to rescue several of these dogs
before they were killed. But there are days when things
just don't go right ...
KARA Member's Letter Against Free Trade Agreement
Fed up with the slaughter of companion animals in Korea, one
KARA member sent a letter asking the Obama Administration to
reject the South Korean Free Trade Agreement.
We thought you might like to read it as an example of
the campaign direction groups are taking to alert the
world of the Korean government's corruption and failure
to address animal welfare issues ...
Anti-Dog Meat Petition Ongoing
At the time of writing, United Dogs' online petition against
Korea's dog meat industry has surpassed the 400,000 mark!
This is a great achievement, but the ambitious aim of a
million signatures is still a long way off.f.
If you haven't signed already, head on over and
sign the petition
. If you need to, you can see different
language versions of the page using its top-right drop down
list. Please tell your friends!
Internet Explorer is now working for the Korean page ... But
if you still have problems, use Firefox.
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