Victory! South Korean Court Rules That It Is Illegal To Kill Dogs For Food

By Amanda Froelich,

South Korea is one step closer to outlawing the consumption of canines. In a landmark decision, a South Korean court ruled that the killing of dogs for meat is illegal.

On Thursday, the city court in Bucheon reviewed a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator. Activists accused the man of killing animals without proper reasons and for violating building and hygiene regulations. The man was convicted and fined 3m won (£2,050). Most noteworthy is that the court said meat consumption is not a legal reason to kill dogs.

Said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care: “It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself.” She added that the precedent is paving the way for a total ban in South Korea.

Dog meat has been a part of South Korean cuisine since first century AD. Every year, approximately 1 million dogs are eaten in the country. But in recent years, the tradition has been challenged by animal rights activists and younger generations in the country. To crack down on dog farms, as well as appease the public, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations and some animal protection laws. There is still no specific ban against the consumption of canines, though.

According to a survey conducted last year, approximately 70 percent of South Koreans do not eat dog mean. Yet surprisingly, only 40 percent believe the practice should be banned.

To put an end to the practice, Care has vowed to track down dog farms and slaughterhouses and file similar complaints against them to the authorities. “The dog meat industry will take greater heat because of the court ruling,” said the organization’s leader, Park So-Youn.

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The real deal: Russia in talks to build gas pipeline uniting the Korean Peninsula

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Russia’s energy major Gazprom has resumed talks with Seoul over the construction of a gas pipeline connecting Russia with North and South Korea.

“The political situation has changed, and the South Korean side has contacted Gazprom regarding the resumption of this project. A series of talks has been held, and these negotiations are continuing,” said Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee Vitaly Markelov.

The project to unite the Korean Peninsula with a gas pipeline has been discussed for a long time, but official talks started in 2011. The negotiations were frozen after relations between Seoul and Pyongyang deteriorated.

In March, Seoul announced that it is ready to resume the project. According to South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha “if the North participates in talks on Northeast Asia energy cooperation, it would serve as a catalyst that helps ease geopolitical tensions in the region.”

Energy-hungry South Korea is currently forced to buy more expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments. If the pipeline is built, it would halve the costs of gas coming to the country, analysts have estimated.

South Korea’s only land border is with North Korea. In the past, Seoul has been concerned that, if the pipeline is built, Pyongyang could employ blackmail tactics or even block the transit.

South Korea is interested in buying 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia. At the moment, it already buys about 1.5 billion from Russia’s Arctic LNG plant in Yamal. The pipeline, if implemented, will be 1,100km long, of which 700 km should pass through North Korean territory. The project cost was estimated at $2.5 billion back in 2011.

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Wait, What? Matthews Compares Republicans to Jonestown Followers, North Korean Soldiers

MSNBC’s Hardball
June 13, 2018
7:21 p.m. Eastern

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well, you know, Corker’s not exactly a bomb thrower and he’s not comparing this guy to James Jones and drinking the kool-aid and cults and that’s pretty deep. 

JOHN FEEHERY: I don’t think that — 

MATTHEWS: You think it’s true?

FEEHERY: Well, listen. I think that upsetting the Trump voter not necessarily the president but the Trump voter is bad politics. 

MATTHEWS: You mean the bear?

FEEHERY: The bear.

MATTHEWS: He’s talking about the bear. 

FEEHERY: The bear is the trump voter. 

MATTHEWS: Oh really?

FEEHERY: And Sanford, you know, it’s easy to complain when you’re leaving or get on your soapbox.

MATTHEWS: Well, that’s the point.

FEEHERY: That’s the easiest thing to do. The hardest thing to do is run again and compete and win these voters and appeal to them on the issues they care about. What they care about are jobs, they care about national security, they care about rising wages and they care about immigration and you know, Mr. Corker is leaving and you know, so no one cares what he says. 

MATTHEWS: Well, you’re making his point, Cornell, I think, John just made the point. The only guys free to speak their minds are the ones leaving.


CORNELL BELCHER: Well, there certainly is something different about this — this — this President and what we’re seeing. Certainly — certainly, Bush didn’t hold the base of the Republican party this way and as someone who worked for Barack Obama could tell you, he certainly didn’t hold the base of the Democratic Party this way. There is something very different that’s going on here and I mean, I said it himself, Trump said I could stand in the middle of Times Square and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any support. So, there is something textually different from what — with Trump than what I think we saw from Bush and Obama. But the question for me becomes can you be the party of Trump? And I think Speaker Boehner has it got right, you know, this is Trump’s party now. Can you be the party of Trump and also be the party of middle America? Yes you can do well in these primaries, but I can tell you right now. The Republican they nominated to take on Virginia is way out of line with Virginia.


MATTHEWS: Anyway, the Republican Party becoming more like a cult than a political party? Boy, that’s hard news for the Republicans. You’re in a cult. This is Jonestown? The Hardball Roundtable’s sticks [sic] with us.


MATTHEWS: Outgoing Republican senator, I love this phrase, outgoing, in other words, they actually start talking when they’re outgoing, they become outgoing. Anway, Bob Corker’s fought — calling out his fellow Republicans as being like a cult, like Jonestown or something under President Trump. Let’s watch. 

TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN SENATOR BOB CORKER: We have a lot of people who are willing to do the things that they feel are right for our country. We have some who are fearful of upsetting the president. Again, it would mostly be around the leadership, but it’s — it’s not a good place for us to be. 

MATTHEWS: Well, Corker said part of the cultish behavior comes from concerns over getting re-elected. Of course, South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford. who lost his primary last night after poking the bear told The Washington Post today that Republicans “don’t want the tweet I got last night….There’s no motivation like self-motivation.” Gene? 


MATTHEWS: They don’t want it. This guy — Roosevelt couldn’t get rid of people. He couldn’t purge them when he tried in ‘38. It wasn’t — it wasn’t doable in the old days. Maybe the Democratic Party is a little more loosey-goosey but they don’t take orders like the Republicans do. 

SCOTT: Well, right now, I think they’re seeing that the voters are with Trump far more than the voters have been with Congress and they’re just nervous and they’re afraid and I think what’s been interesting to me —

MATTHEWS: Don’t they want a local person to be a little bit independent? Answer: No!

SCOTT: — no, no, not at all. We haven’t seen that at all. One of the things I find interesting about Corker’s words, even Flake’s words is that this — this personality cult was happening way before what we have now, back when Corker was encouraging people to get on the Trump Train and, so, I haven’t seen a lot of self-reflection admitting what role they played in creating this political climate. 


MATTHEWS: Trump watch, Wednesday June 13th, 2018. The Republican Party is in the process now of purifying itself. It’s purifying of anyone who doesn’t march in step with President Trump. Listen to them. They all sound like they’ve been scripted by Sean Hannity, all marching along in stiff, locked cadence and regimental discipline, speaking in one voice, smiling in unison, contorting their faces into the same expression as the man next to them, you know, like scared to death soldiers marching in Pyongyang. Look at what happens if you get out of step? You’re gone like Senator Bob Corker or Senator Jeff Flake or Congressman Charlie Dent or Congressman Ryan Costello or Trey Gowdy. If you’re not in step with the Trump marchers, not tune with the line from the White House, if you can’t lip-synch with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you’re dead in Trump’s eyes. And none of this has anything to do with what we used to consider Republican values. The GOP stood for free trade, Trump stands for trade wars. The Grand Ole Party called it self the party of fiscal discipline. That was before the new guy decreed his trillion and a half dollar tax cut. It used to be for things like NATO and the Marshall Plan and alliance building against the enemy. Now it’s lunch, communiques, and smiles and bromances with the enemy. One has to ask if it is still possible to ask, what will happen to all this heel-clicking when Trump’s gone? Will the party of Lincoln and Reagan be proud it knelt before Donald Trump’s altar? Whatever you want to say about Mark Sanford, who Trump’s people knocked off in yesterday’s primary, you feed to add this. At least when he embarrassed himself a few years back, at least the love was real. The Republicans now beckoning to Trump’s allure can’t even claim that. 

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North Korea Just Agreed To ‘Complete Denuclearization Of The Korean Peninsula’ But What About US Denuclearization?

by Luke Miller Truth Theory

The agreement was made Tuesday after a succession of meetings between the the two,  when Trump was questioned by a reporter asking if Kim Jong Un had agreed to denuclearize he said, “We are starting that process very quickly.”

The official White House document made 4 points:

  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
  4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Trump said “we’ll probably need another summit” and that he will meet with Kim as “many times” as he needs too.

Kim, said through a translator, “We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and we are about to sign a historic document.”

This is could be seen as a victory as it is perceived as there being less of a nuclear threat, however, the main global nuclear threat still remains in the US. The United States have a stockpile of over 6800 nuclear warheads and have been the only country to have used them in history, with the world war 2 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The weapons have not only affected those outside of the states. As of February 2006, over $1.2 billion has been paid out in compensation to citizens of the US exposed to nuclear waste as a result of their nuclear weapons programs.

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