Good News: South Korea’s Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse Has Been Shut Down
People look at animals differently, depending on their culture and their upbringing. This might also include the treatment of animals in some cases.
People in some countries might look down on eating pork or beef but there’s one type of meat that stirs controversy in most nations, and that’s the consumption of dog meat.
If you’re an animal lover, you probably cringe at the thought of someone eating dog meat. These animals are precious to us, so even if you eat meat, you’d likely never even consider including dog meat in your diet. There’s something about this bond we have with dogs that makes it feel entirely different to us.
One country where eating dog meat is typical in South Korea. You won’t find such a facility in the United States, but in South Korea, several slaughterhouses and facilities specialize in dog meat.
However, something that recently happened had a significant impact on the production of dog meat. Campaigners refer to it as a ‘landmark moment’ as the largest dog meat slaughterhouse in South Korea has been shut down.
The name of the complex was Taepyeong-dong. It was in Seongnam city. There were six slaughterhouses located inside the facility. All of them had a capacity to hold hundreds of dogs.
The facility would ship dog meat to restaurants all across the country. However, city officials have confirmed that the facility will be closing down within only two days.
A press release issued by Humane Society International talks about the horrible conditions inside of the slaughterhouse. Be warned; these details might be disturbing.
“Humane Society International/Korea dog meat campaigners on the scene report that conditions they saw inside the slaughterhouse were horrifying. They found a large number of empty wire pens that would once have held hundreds of dogs, as well as the electrocution equipment used to kill them, knives, and a de-hairing machine. A pile of dead dogs was also found abandoned on the floor.”
According to the press release, 70 percent of those who live in South Korea don’t eat dog meat any longer. This rapid decline in the trade of dog meat is considered to be a result of the changes in the perception of the public, as they were gradually becoming more and more aware of the living conditions of these animals at the slaughterhouse.
HSI has helped dog farmers leave the business voluntarily. They’ve also been providing advice and training them to do other forms of farming. Thirteen dog farms have been closed down in the past four years, and approximately 1600 dogs have been rescued.
Of course, shutting down the slaughterhouse was a long, difficult process. However, thanks to investigations and pressure put on the political powers, it’s come to fruition.
“Its closure is a historical event, and hopefully may trigger the closure of other illegal dog slaughterhouses throughout the country,” wrote Hyunji Kim of the Korea Animal Rights Advocates. “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.”