WSPA welcomes the news shared by our partner organization, Green Korea United (GKU), that the Korean National Assembly has demonstrated political will to end the cruel bear faming practice.
The Budget Committee of the National Assembly recently voted through a proposal to “prepare measures to end the practice of bear farming through investigation of the current status of bear farming and its management plan.” The approval of this proposal means that the government has cleared a budget of 200 Million Korean Won ($175,000 USD) to ascertain the current situation of bears on farms in Korea, and design ways to end the practice. The approval of this proposal is a compelling sign that the Korean government recognizes the need to end bear farming.
“Without the positive action being initiated by the South Korean government, thousands of bears could be born into lives of untold suffering,” added Emily Reeves, Director of Programs for WSPA Asia Pacific. “Once this process is complete and bear farming ended in South Korea, the country would be setting a great example for those other countries in Asia where, unfortunately, this cruel practice is still tolerated by governments.”