“Although these shops can still sell dog meat, it is nonetheless wonderful to witness South Korea take one step further away from this dying industry that most Koreans want nothing to do with. It gives me hope that South Korea’s future is dog meat-free,” Nara Kim, Dog Meat Campaign Manager for Humane Society International/Korea, said in a statement. “HSI/Korea will continue working with the government, and supporting farmers who no longer want to work in the dog meat trade, so that one day we will be able to celebrate the closure of South Korea’s final dog slaughterhouse.”
According to the organization, HSI/Korea has closed 15 dog meat farms so far in South Korea, helping farmers transition to alternative and humane livelihoods. Increasingly, dog farmers are keen to exit the controversial trade due to societal shame, family pressure and decreasing profits.
Dog meat consumption is declining rapidly in South Korea, particularly among younger generations. A survey by Gallup Korea conducted in June 2018 indicated that 70% of South Koreans stated that they will not eat dog meat in the future.
In July of this year, HSI/Korea assisted in the closure of South Korea’s notorious GupoDogMeatMarketinBusan. This followed the previous year’s closure of Taepyeong, the largest dog slaughterhouse in the country in Seongnam.
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