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South Korea's Largest Dog Meat Market Closes Its Doors

May 17, 2017 | dog meat / Dogs / south korea

Friends of Animals knows that cultural change happens one person, one community at a time.


So while it is unfortunate the horrific practice of raising dogs for human consumption in Korea, China and other areas still exists—which we’ve been raising awareness for decades—we have to acknowledge a ray of hope.


This year the city of Seognam decided to ban the slaughter and sale of dogs for meat purposes. The means the closure of Moran Market, South Korea’s largest dog meat market. The administration of Seognam Mayor Lee Jae-Myung reached an agreement with 22 dog meat vendors in the market to provide compensation to transition them to other lines of work. 


“For more than 30 years the Korean Ministry of Agriculture has essentially ignored the plight of dogs in Korea for a variety of complicated reasons,” said Kyenan Kum, director of California-based International Aid for Korean Animals. “They don’t want to deal with the farmers and the older generation of Koreans who are the main consumers of dog meat. We salute Mayor Jae-Myung’s bravery in taking a definitive stand against the dog meat industry in Korea. We also salute the many Korean animal activists and animal-loving citizens who fought so hard for this change in their society.


This is the first step toward transitioning dog meat from the legal grey-area it currently occupies and obtaining a full protective mandate for companion animals. We hope this is a new beginning for Korean animals and we must encourage further action from government officials in other Korean cities.”


Friends of Animals couldn’t agree more.


Kum points out that the next step is to target the mayors of Gupo City and Daegu City to ensure the closure of the dog meat portion of Gupo Market and Chilsung Market in Daegu.


You can click here to download a postcard to mail to these mayors. 


The significance of the closure of the Moran market and having other markets follow suit cannot be overstated. Even though South Korea adopted its Animal Protection Law on May 7, 1991, which it updated in 2007, technically making the manufacture and sale of dog meat illegal, its language was so vague and its punitive measure so minimal that it is largely unenforceable.


City bans like that enacted in Seognam, which put markets out of business, is vital to any hope dismantling this industry.

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