Ewha Law School
In most jurisdictions, animals are considered as things, not beings and South Korea is not an exception. In South Korea, any harm inflicted to animals, for example, can be only punishable when it belongs to a person, and when the person sues the offender for the harm done to her/his “property”. Unfortunately, the offenders often easily get away from any legal duties after paying some fines, leaving the animals and its owners without proper compensation. If the animal does not belong to anyone, there is no crime as animals do not have locus standi (the ability to stand before the court).