A man repeatedly assaults a goose at Konkuk University campus in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. Courtesy of KAWA

Animal rights group reports abuser to police
By KTimes

“Kongoose,” the beloved mascot of Konkuk University in Gwangjin District, Seoul, became the victim of assault, with the disturbing incident captured on camera.

The assault, which occurred on April 11, involved a man repeatedly hitting the goose to the extent that its head touched the ground, according to the Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA), Tuesday.

The incident left the goose with head injuries and bleeding. The name “Kongoose” combines “Kon” from Konkuk and the word “goose.”

KAWA reported the assailant to the police. Jeong Jin-ah, an official from KAWA, emphasized that besides geese, other animals like cats also reside on the campus. With the school’s open access policy, the association plans to propose a university-wide animal protection campaign to prevent future incidents.

The story has sparked outrage and concern online, with people condemning the abuse and calling for strict punishment. One online user said, “Such acts always target beings weaker than oneself,” while another said, “There must be accountability through harsh penalties.”

This article from the Hankook Ilbo, a sister publication of The Korea Times, was translated and edited by The Korea Times.

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