A Voice for the Voiceless - Fighting for Animals rights
Organized by: So Youn Park
A Voice for the Voiceless
Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), is a South Korean animal rights organization. Based in Seoul, we fight for all animals and promote a compassionate lifestyle. We focus on animal rescue and campaign against all forms of animal exploitation. We do all of this through our shelters and adoption centers, legal advocacy, investigations, and education.
In South Korea, there are no laws that govern the management of zoos. Each zoo prioritizes maximizing profits over the welfare of the animals exploited within their walls. CARE campaigns to better the situation for animals in captivity with a goal of getting zoos banned in South Korea. There are no fur farms in South Korea, but fur is very popular, so it's imported from China and other countries. CARE campaigns to promote a 'compassionate' fashion culture. In 2012, CARE launched the first cruelty free fashion show in Seoul. Currently, two regular fashion shows are held in Both Seoul and China.
In partnership with the Korean Red Cross and local governments, CARE provides animal welfare lectures to city schools all over South Korea. We are also in our second year of the 'How to Become an Animal Advocate' program. It is comprised of a ten lecture course that teaches the history of animal protection, current welfare related issue, and how to become a successful advocate for animals. We also conduct awareness campaigns, tackling a wide variety of issues such as dog meat, animal testing, factory farming, cruelty to animals, whaling, animals in captivity, and fur.
When CARE was founded in 2002, our main focus was rescuing the many animals in need. Today, we are still the only Non-Profit in South Korea actively rescuing. CARE rescues more than 1,000 animals every year, including cats, dogs, horses, cows, deer and much more. We operate three no-kill shelters outside of Seoul. It is estimated that around 100,000 dogs and cats are abandoned each year in South Korea. CARE is campaigning to establish an ‘Adopt; Don’t Buy’ culture, and currently run two adoption centers in Seoul.
There are currently no laws in place protecting animals raised for food on factory farms in South Korea. Epidemics are common, with outbreaks such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Avian Influenza (AI) occurring year-round. The South Korean government's response has been mass culllings. CARE regularly conducts field investigations on factory farms. It is estimated that anywhere between two to five million dogs are slaughtered every year for human consumption in South Korea. Every thirteen seconds a dog is slaughtered for human consumption. Many of the dogs are raised on farms, but others are strays taken off the streets or family pets that were bought or stolen. CARE conducted a one and a half year undercover investigation into South Korea's dog meat industry and campaigns endlessly to get this inherently cruel industry banned.