South Korea shutting down country's largest dog meat slaughterhouse in Seoul

Officials will be working towards shutting down all six slaughterhouses in Taepyeong, which provides dog meat to restaurants across the country.


                            South Korea shutting down country's largest dog meat slaughterhouse in Seoul

In a big win for numerous animal rights' organizations across the world, South Korea has announced that it will be shutting down the country's biggest dog slaughterhouse in Seoul. Taepyeong, which provides dog meat to restaurants across the country and where "hundreds of thousands of dogs" were gathered from dog meat farms to be killed by electrocution, will cease to function.

According to Humane Society International, representatives from Humane Society International/Korea, Korea Animal Rights Advocates, and the Korean Animal Welfare Association were on hand to assist Seongnam City Council to witness what has been described as a "historic event." 

South Korea announced it would be shutting down its largest slaughterhouse (Source: Humane Society International)
South Korea announced it would be shutting down its largest slaughterhouse (Source: Humane Society International)

Conditions inside Taepyeong — which comprises six individual slaughterhouses — were said to be "horrifying." Campaigners reportedly came across empty wire pens once used to house the dogs before they were slaughtered, the electrocution equipment used to kill them, knives, a de-hairing machine, and even a pile of dead dogs abandoned on the floor.

It was announced that five out of the six slaughterhouses would be bulldozed immediately, and while the council was unable to obtain permission for the remaining one, all its cages and equipment will be destroyed so it is no longer functional.

Furthermore, the operation will also target the last remaining "bricks & mortar" vendor selling live dogs at the Moran Market, which was once the largest dog meat market in the country. Authorities have been working towards closing down vendors for quite some time, with the closure of the final permanent vendor set to be hailed as another major victory.

Speaking about the closures, Nara Kim, HSI/South Korea's dog meat campaigner, said, "Both as a Korean citizen and an animal campaigner, it was incredibly moving for me to a part of the historic closure of this notorious dog slaughterhouse. It was a stain on the city of Seongnam and we are so pleased to see it bulldozed."

The area will be converted into a playground (Source: Humane Society International)
The area will be converted into a playground (Source: Humane Society International)

Hyunji Kim of Korea Animal Rights Advocates similarly said, "We have been making constant efforts to shut down the Taepyeong-dong dog slaughterhouse through investigations and putting pressure on Gyeonggi province and Seongnam-si. 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."

"Its closure is a historical event, and hopefully may trigger the closure of other illegal dog slaughterhouses throughout the country. Until we achieve this, we really appreciate the support of both Korean people and global citizens who love animals for helping our campaigns to completely end dog meat in Korea."

In place of the slaughterhouse, the council intends to construct a community park, "creating a fun public space," and the hope is that the recent crackdown finally results in the collapse of the dog meat industry in South Korea.