Despite Gangwon Province officials saying they lack the authority to close down dog-meat restaurants. This lack of power didn’t prevent them closing down the Moran market
Representatives for the Protection of Animals protested in front of the government office in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, Thursday.
Protesters called were calling on Province officials to end their funding to dog-meat restaurants. As South Korea prepares to host the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. They are doing their best to hide their countries killing of dogs for human consumption.
In January, Gangwon Province announced that it would ask 40 dog meat restaurants in Pyeongchang and Gangneung ― the cities close to the Olympic Games venues ― to alter their signs menus and, if necessary, interiors.
The province said it would contribute up to 10 million won ($ 8,930) towards the costs of each restaurant.
“I think the original purpose of this business is wrong,” Hwang Dong-yeol, leader of Representatives for the Protection of Animals (RPA), told The Korea Times. “It is simply trying to fool visitors from outside the country, not tackling the fundamental problem that they serve dog meat.
“The altered signboards are just temporary according to the news reports. They will go back to their original after the Olympics.”
But a Gangwon Province official said, “I think there is a big misunderstanding here. We have not even given financial assistance to any restaurants yet. We are receiving angry calls from dog lovers every day.
The keyword in the sentence is “YET”
Can’t have it both ways.
While government officials were denying any payments, claiming “misunderstanding.” Another government representative confirmed they were indeed asking restaurants to change their menus.
“As a person who works with the international event, I also understand that dog-meat restaurants are controversial in other countries and causes discomfort to some people. “The best solution for us is to ask the restaurants to change their signature menus or signboards.”
The activists who participated in the demonstration wants Gangwon to not only stop the payments. They want all dog-meat restaurants closed down. “It is a waste of money if the local government funds the dog meat restaurants just to avoid international criticism temporarily,” Hwang said.
The official said restaurants were not the provincial government’s responsibility. “The provincial office does not have the power to close stores down,” adding “We are merely administrative service providers. There also is no legal reason to close them. I am sorry for the animal lovers, but they are slamming the wrong door.”
Facts tell a different story
Pyeongchang organizers consider securing the participation of NHL players to be of critical importance. Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports of the Winter Games. Knowing this in early 2016 Wildlife Planet became the first animal activist organizations to petition the NHL to boycott the Olympics.
By late 2016 the NHL had not yet decided if they would attend the Olympics. PyeongChang was doing everything possible to persuade Gary Bettman President of the NHL.
Despite what government officials are saying now about not having the authority to close down dog-meat restaurant. No such lack of power was evident earlier this year.
In January of 2017, South Korean officials closed down the biggest dog meat market in the country.
Moran market in Seongnam sells more than 80,000 dogs, dead or alive, every year and accounts for about a third of South Korea’s dog meat consumption.
In addition to convincing the NHL. They also sought to head off growing international criticism over its practice of killing dogs for human consumption.
Despite their best efforts to hide their hideous dog meat eating, the NHL decided they will not be attending the 2018 Olympics.
It is ironic that countries like South Korea, are so eager show the world how modern they are. Fail because they refuse to let go of the past. Paying millions to host the Olympics and bring in new business the attempt at trying to ‘cover-up’ their dog meat eating, has failed miserably. Instead of just ending it, their deceit only assures the press coverage will be reporting it.
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