South Korea - Taean-Gun: Revoke the dog farm permit!
- Taean-Gun: Revoke the dog farm permit!
Residents of Taean-gun District, Sowon-myeon Township, Sindeok 3-ri
(Head of village, Cheol-Won Lee) are strongly opposing the opening of
On Aug 6, approximately 50 residents of Sindeok 3-ri gathered at the
village senior center and delivered to the local government official of
Taean-gun, an opinion of the entire residents’ strong opposition to the
opening of dog farm Park OO is trying to push forward.
On this day, the residents protested strongly to the Taean-gun
district office that issued the dog farm permit, “Do you think it’s ok
for the entire residents to suffer damage because of one person?”
Dog farm owner Park OO began operation of dog farm in 2000, gradually expanding his operation with as many as 1,000 dogs at one point. In
this process, he was subject to judicial disciplinary actions by the
government authorities when caught many times discharging dog manure
into rivers without permission.
Park OO disposed all his dogs and stopped the dog farm operation in
2011 due to personal reasons. However, conflict with the village
residents began last July when he applied for a permit to extend his dog farm in order to restart his operation. Hereupon the resistance
started spreading with the residents submitting civil complaints of
Resident Kwon OO said, “Dog farm owner polluted our river with
unauthorized discharge of animal manure during the past 10 years and we
suffered emotional stress from the foul odor and dog barking noises from the farm. We cannot go back to that nightmare once again” and “if the
dog farm permit is not revoked, we are ready to protest in front of the
District government office”.
Currently, Sowon-myeon, Sindeok 3-ri village is a home to 30 families (70 residents) and after the dog farm closed down, with its beautiful
landscape it has been very popular among the urban dwellers with 6
families from Seoul and Incheon area moving into this village each year.
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