The above photo has been circulating on the Korean internet under the name “Devil Equus”. On April 22, a Hyundai Equus was seen driving along a motorway in Seoul with a dog behind the car dragged on a leash. This caused an immediate uproar amongst netizaens, including prominent foxy celebrity Lee Hyori who took to twitter to condem the incident. Lee Hyori is a passionate animal rights activist. She is vegetarian and even stopped wearing all animal fur and leather products. However, as the driver had been cleared as innocent by the police, he was reported to be threatening to take legal action against Lee Hyori for “defamation of character”.
"As a same human being, I am sorry and ashamed.. I wish you are not reborn as a powerless dog in your next life."
"After the Equus driver was cleared as innocent, he called our office and threatened us that he will sue me for defamation of character."
"So I said I did hope that it was only a mistake, not an intention, and to feel free to sue me."
"Whether it was a mistake or not, I wrote that to say that I was sorry and ashamed to be a same human being as the person who had caused such suffering to a living thing. I don’t even know the name of the person, so how could I have defamed his character? But if that was a crime then I will allow myself to be sued and will accept the punishment."
The background story (as told by the driver and testified by witnesses) is that the driver was given the dog by his friend and because the dog had stepped in faeces and the driver didn’t want the interior of his car get dirty, he decided to put the dog in the trunk of his car.
He proceeded to tie the dog by the leash inside the trunk and left the trunk slightly open because he was worried that the dog might suffocate if he closed it. But while he was driving home on a motorway, somehow the dog managed to get outside the car, got dragged by its leash and died.
As the photo was propagated online, the police got involved and investigated the case. However, they failed to find any mal intent on the part of the driver, and concluded that the case was just an unfortunate accident and cleared him of all charges. The driver himself is reported to be extremely shocked by the accident and deeply sorry for his mistake. He also says that he had no idea how great the issue had become on the internet because he is computer illiterate, and he therefore only got to know about his new nickname “Devil Equus” from the police that investigated his case.
When asked about the legal action against Lee Hyori, he said:
"I don’t even know how to call to Lee Hyori’s office. I just wish for this all to be over, do you think I would do that? But today I had received a call via the police, the person asked: Is this Oh XX? so I replied: Yes, it’s Oh XX speaking. The caller said that someone had called them saying that he would take legal action. But we have cleared the misunderstanding. I’ve always been a really big fan of Lee Hyori."
Comments from Nate:
"The important part
1) the dog died a horrible death
2) the car owner had admitted it was his fault
But the important thing is – why should the car driver apologize to netizens or Lee Hyori?
Should he hold a press conference, drop on his knees and apologize or what?"
"Did the police really investigate it properly? I can’t trust police anymore…"
"Have you investigated properly about Lee Hyori’s plagiarism?????
If others do it, it’s adultery, when she does it, it’s a romance…."
"She is saying she wants to protect animal rights, but killing human rights instead ke ke ke Why are you so thoughtless? I know you are an animal lover but the more you take the dead dog’s side, the more the Equus owner will sink into a pit. Why can’t you consider more than just one side, why can’t you consider the other side of the story? How outrageous. It’s true that the dog’s death is quite pitiful, but do you think the car owner’s intention was animal abuse when he put the dog into the trunk? So what about that driver’s human rights?"