An­i­mal rights group’s bid to scrap Korean trade deal

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

MORE than 2,700 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion to Aberdeen’s Lord Provost call­ing on him to aban­don a trade deal with a South Korean city due to the Asian coun­try’s tra­di­tion of eat­ing dogs.

An­i­mal rights group Korean-dogs has al­ready gath­ered more than 2,800 sig­na­tures. In Fe­bru­ary, for­mer Lord Provost Ge­orge Adam signed the me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing deal with the city of Mokpo in a Town House cer­e­mony with its mayor Park Hong-ryull. The agree­ment fo­cuses on re­new­able en­ergy, ma­rine en­gi­neer­ing and higher ed­u­ca­tion links.

The agree­ment aims to in­crease trans­ac­tions and co-oper­a­tion in the econ­omy and ed­u­ca­tion.

But the deal has pro­voked out­rage among an­i­mal lovers who are call­ing on new Lord Provost Barney Crock­ett to rip it up.

The pe­ti­tion states: “In Mokpo, there are count­less dog farms, slaugh­ter­houses, mar­kets and restau­rants where dogs end up be­ing slaugh­tered in the most in­hu­mane ways.” Mr Crock­ett said it was im­por­tant to main­tain in­ter­na­tional links. He added: “If there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to raise an­i­mal rights is­sues with the Kore­ans, then we will take them.”

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