Success: Convicted Serial Cat Killer Receives Prison Sentence

Target: Kim Jin-pyo, Speaker of General Assembly of South Korea

Goal: Commend actions taken to increase penalties for animal cruelty and to better safeguard at-risk animals.

An unidentified man recently caused a stir in South Korea when he was convicted of deliberately killing dozens of cats via means ranging from strangulation to car strikes. The disturbing serial cat killer case was detailed in this ForceChange petition, with plentiful calls for justice. The reported perpetrator has now received his sentence.

After condemning the convicted man’s “indescribably cruel” crimes, the Changwon District Court sentenced the suspect to one year and two months in prison. The ruling cited the man’s violations of the national animal protection law. An undisclosed mental ailment with which the man was apparently afflicted seemingly mitigated his sentence.

On a broader societal level, this case and its outcome are important because they have garnered even more public and political support for a proposed Civil Act amendment that would grant legal recognition of animals as living beings and provide stronger protections for them in South Korea. Sign the petition below to support enhanced legal safeguards for animals.


Dear Speaker Kim,

The shocking case of a man who was convicted of killing over 70 cats proved to be a high-profile test of the revised Animal Protection Act. The man’s sentencing, which included prison time, validates why this law was and is needed. As a South Korean representative of Humane Society International reflected, “the sentence reflects Korean society’s increasing concern for animal welfare and intolerance for senseless cruelty such as this.”

Thank you for your efforts in passing this legislation and continued efforts to enshrine fuller protections for all living beings via the Civil Act amendment.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mustafa Ezz


  1. Kudos to Speaker Kim for standing up for these precious innocent cats that died in the hands of a cruel serial cat killer although I feel that the perp deserves a harsher sentencing. Also, I do not undersand why his stupid name is not being made known to the public. Nevertheless having a righteous and important person like yourself around, more animals will be protected from harm in future. Once again, well done Speaker Kim, animal lovers are proud of you!

  2. While its great that his depravity was highlighted, its tragic that the sentence was so weak. Its not possible to on one hand use mental health as a cop out, but then also duck the psychiatric incarceration such a severe disturbance of sanity requires, yet once again this has somehow been allowed to happen. Either someone is dangerously violent and mentally disturbed and thus a danger to everyone and everything, or they are sane and simply evil and require separation from society for everything elses safety. We cannot go on letting monsters have things both ways. Maybe time has come for owners of murdered pets and any human victims of this kind of lunatic to sue the authorities each time this happens to force change; they need to learn we are tired of putting up with soft touch justice and demand change

  3. Bina Pannell says:

    Talking of cat serial killers – can people please be on the lookout on social media platforms for cat torturers who post live videos of torturing cats, such as in blenders, gutting with scissors etc.
    Most originate from China (no surprise there!) but some are from elsewhere.

    • Jacqueline “Torture the S…” says:

      Sick people!
      Facebook needs to do their job and shut down these sites and prosecute to the fullest extent!!

  4. These sick people who do this need serious mental health treatment period! If you torture an animal for the fun of it or just because you can is very scary especially to know these freaks are wandering around our neighborhoods our children our pets free to do whatever they want they must be immediately stopped before they can continue their reign of sick terror!

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