April 13, 2014
To Ms. Julia de Cadenet and Ms. Kyenan Kum,
We, the Animal People, Inc. board of directors, formally apologize for the content of the article “New ‘anti-dog meat’ groups favoring legalization perplex veteran campaigners,” which appeared in the September 2013 edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE Newspaper. After extensive investigation, we have determined that several of the allegations contained in this article were made in error.
In particular, we could not substantiate the claim that Julia de Cadenet, founder of World Protection for Cats & Dogs in the Meat Trade (WPDCMT), and Kyenan Kum, founder of International Aid for Korean Animals (IAKA), support legalizing the dog meat industry. There is no written record of either individual ever expressing such a position, or adopting it as organizational policy, whereas both have prominently opposed legalization on numerous occasions.
The article also alleges that the Korean Animal Protection Society (KAPS) shelter is closed, and that WPDCMT is registered as a business rather than a charity. Both claims seem to have been based in faulty information. KAPS, founded by Kyenan Kum’s sister Sunnan Kum in 1982, is currently active, and its shelter remains in operation. WPDCMT has been registered as a charity under British law since May 2013.
The article has been permanently removed from the online and Flashpaper editions of ANIMAL PEOPLE Newspaper. We sincerely regret having misinformed our readers, and offer our heartfelt apologies to Julia de Cadenet and Kyenan Kum for any damage they or their organizations may have suffered as a result.
Kim Bartlett, President
Animal People, Inc. Board of Directors
News for People Who Care About Animals
P.O. Box 960
Clinton, WA 98236
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Few qualified barristers choose to lend their legal skills purely to the voluntary sector but animal-lover Julia de Cadenet LLB( Hons) LLM is one of them.
Julia de Cadenet is a dual-qualified lawyer who uses her skills in advocacy to lobby for those dogs and cats who find themselves part of the human food chain.
No stranger to pro bono work – in 2012 Julia was awarded the title of ‘Empire State Counsel’ by the New York Bar Association for her services in immigration – she has also worked extensively in Israel for the Bedouin communities lobbying for their land rights.
Like many qualified barristers Julia currently pursues a career outside of traditional advocacy in a court room environment. She is fully permitted by the General Council of the Bar to act as a charity’s trustee and as its in-house pro bono legal counsel. Barristers are of course particularly welcome in the third sector.
It has been of particular distress that the actor Peter Egan chose to tweet in September 2013, in a deliberately defamatory manner, that Ms de Cadenet had been disbarred to his 14,000 followers, or as he put it ”debarred”. This is and was untrue and created a falsely spurious impression – it has been harmful to the business of Ms de Cadenet, particularly since as a long standing member of Equity Julia routinely works with actors and film-makers speaking regularly at seminars to help actors to find their legal feet at home and overseas.
Julia is also an accredited ‘buyer of films’ at the Cannes Film Show.
Coping with the irrational obsession of the mother and daughter cyber bully team who have been running an 11 month -long hate campaign against the animal welfare charity Julia represents has not been easy. She believes, however, that it is a small and worthwhile price to pay if she can help raise the issue of the extreme cruelty the animals endure every day.
Once more formal requests have been made to remove defamatory tweets and false statements and it is hoped that these self-styled ‘Animal Buddies’ may finally comply…