§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to use trade sanctions in respect of trade in animal products to bring pressure on the Government of Korea to end the inhumane treatment of dogs and cats intended for human consumption in that country.
§ Mr. Redwood
[holding answer 30 November 1989]: I condemn the inhumane treatment of animals wherever it occurs, and I view with concern reports that dogs and cats are being treated inhumanely in Korea. I do not believe, however, that trade sanctions are the proper response.
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary drew the attention of the Korean Foreign Minister to the strong concern which many people in this country feel about this matter during the recent visit to Britain of the president of the Republic of Korea.