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S. Korea just registered their Jindo Dog as a livestock

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) on 5/31/12 http://www.ytn.co.kr/_ln/0115_201205310929137971:

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 Experiment]

"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 animals.

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 conventional farms.

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 77.

[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.

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