Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio is being pressured by a petition with more than 1000 signatures to condemn the dog meat trade in Paju, Toowoomba's sister city in Korea.
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio is being pressured by a petition with more than 1000 signatures to condemn the dog meat trade in Paju, Toowoomba's sister city in Korea. KoreanDogs.org

Dogs slaughtered for meat: Antonio urged to condemn it

MAYOR Paul Antonio is being pressured to speak up against the torture and killing of dogs in Toowoomba's sister-city in South Korea.

A petition demanding Cr Antonio condemn the "cruel and aberrant practices" of dog meat trading in South Korea has reached more than 1000 signatures within a day.

Cr Antonio is due to fly to Paju, in the northern part of the country, as part of an arranged delegation in September that also includes a stop at the Asia-Pacific Cities Summit in Daejon and a short trip to China.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio.
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio. Tom Gillespie

According to the petitioners KoreanDogs.org, Paju is home to several dog slaughterhouses, which have been known to use cruel ways to put down the animals.

"While (the) City of Toowoomba would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Paju citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Sister City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Paju and all over South Korea," the petition said.

"In Paju there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water - sometimes while they are still alive."

Toowoomba Regional Council has been contacted for comment.

The most common breed type used in abattoirs is the Nureongi, or 'yellow dog,' but media reports in the past suggested any type of breed could be used.

Since dogs are not listed as a regulated livestock animal in South Korea, there are no laws requiring the humane slaughter of the species for meat.

Cr Antonio confirmed this week he was the only councillor travelling to Paju and Daejon with CEO Brian Pidgeon, after no others nominated to join the delegation.

For more information about the petition, head to the website.


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