Slaughtering dogs is sadly a common occurrence in South Korea. There are thousands of places around the country where these poor animals are put to their deaths so people can eat dog meat.
However, over the years this practice has become more controversial due to animal rights concerns. Now, in another win for animal rights one of the country’s largest slaughterhouses for dogs is being shut down.
“I shudder to think how many millions of beautiful dogs will have met their horrific fate at this place over the years,” said Nara Kim, from Humane Society Interational (HSI).
There is conflicting information on the number of farmed dogs, slaughterhouses and markets across South Korea, the only country in Asia where dogs are routinely killed for human consumption.
But the HSI estimates around two million dogs are being kept in around 17,000 facilities, according to CNN.
South Korea has a huge market for dog meat and a large percentage of the dog meat comes from the Taepyeong-dong slaughterhouse.
Animal rights activists have been fighting for the closure of this illegally-built slaughterhouse for years.
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Officials ordered its closure in 2013 but only now are they demolishing it. It’s made of six individual slaughterhouses, five of which will be demolished immediately. The site will be replaced with a community park.
“As Korea’s biggest, brutal, illegal dog slaughterhouse, Taepyeong-dong is notorious for supplying huge amounts of dog bodies to nearby Seongnam Moran traditional market,” activist Nara Kim added. “Its closure is an historical event, and hopefully may trigger the closure of other illegal dog slaughterhouses throughout the country.”
This is one big step in the right direction. Share this story to spread the news.