S. Korea just registered their Jindo Dog as a livestock with the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO).
Instead of trying
to curtail their dog consumption, S. Korean government is trying to solidify
their basis for animal cruelty by registering Jindo dog as a traditional
livestock animal with the UN FAO.
Translation of Korean News (YTN)
24 varieties of
traditional livestock animals such as Striped Ox (called Chilso) and Jindo
Dog has been registered in the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (UN FAO).
So far five livestock animal species of 77
varieties are registered with the UN FAO, making our country's genetic
resources even more richer. Young-Kwon Cho reports.
Striped Ox sung
by the poet, Jiyong Jeong has been registered in the international
organization as our traditional livestock animals.
Along with Black
Ox, it's been officially registered as our traditional livestock animals in
the UN FAO's Animal Diversity Information System. Striped Ox that can be
seen in the Joseon Dynasty's literature has been in danger of being extinct
but it's finally accepted as our traditional livestock as a result of effort
from livestock scientists.
[Interview: Sungwoo Kim, Agricultural
Development Bureau, Director of Livestock Animal Genetic Resources
"We have started collecting Striped Ox, a Korean cattle
and a rare genetic resource about 10 years ago. Until now, through
artificial insemination and embryo transfer, about 2,000 striped ox are
proliferated in our country."
Jindo Dog, designated as Natural
Treasure No. 53, has also been registered as our traditional livestock
Two breeds of black goats have also been registered as a
traditional livestock. The number of Dangjin black goats and Tongyoung black
goats found in our country is only about 300 and making them hard to find in
National Livestock Research Institute added 5
livestock species of 24 breeds to the FAO's Animal Diversity Information
System thus making the number of registered traditional livestock animals to
[Interview: Mijung Byun, Agricultural Development Bureau,
Director of Livestock Animal Genetic Resources Experiment]
"Developing varieties of livestock breeds based on our country's reality
which enables us to claim our rights and continuing to prepare the
scientific basis for these claims... these are all important for our
country's national interest."
As a nation that owns genetic
resources, our traditional livestock animal's registration in the
international organization is becoming more important from the perspective
of providing basis for ensuring the sovereignty and national interests.