Animal rights group’s bid to scrap Korean trade deal
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.”