Breaking! Humane Society International/Korea Announces That The Last 3 Dog Meat Shops In Seoul, Korea, Will End Dog Slaughter In Their Stores

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Puppies are shown locked in a cage at a dog meat farm in Yeoju, South Korea, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

Humane Society International/Korea announced yesterday that the last three dog meat shops in Seoul, Korea, have agreed to end dog slaughter on-site, following a year of campaigning from Seoul’s Mayor, Park Won-soon, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

“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.”

Kelly OMeara, Senior Director of HSI Companion Animals and Engagement, gently hugs a tosa puppy at a dog meat farm in Yeoju, South Korea, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets

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.

Nara Kim, Campaign Manager of HSI Korea, interacts with Big Ben at a dog meat farm in Yeoju, South Korea, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets

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.

Nara Kim, left, Campaign Manager of HSI Korea, and UK celebrities Marc Abraham and Victoria Stilwell rescue Morty at a dog meat farm in Yeoju, South Korea, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

In July of this year, HSI/Korea assisted in the closure of South Korea’s notorious Gupo Dog Meat Market in Busan. This followed the previous year’s closure of Taepyeong, the largest dog slaughterhouse in the country in Seongnam.

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