South Korea's Largest Dog Slaughterhouse Has Shut Down

Dog meat consumption in South Korea is declining, leading to the closure of slaughterhouses.

Korea's largest dog slaughterhouse in the province of Taepyeong-dong has been shut down by authorities.

Made up of six separate complexes, the city council of Seongnam will demolish five and turn the space into a public park.

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The sixth complex will have its cages dismantled and equipment destroyed, but building permission for demolition was not granted in time for the closure.

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Animal activists at Humane Society International and Korean animal rights groups are assisting with the closure and relocation of the dogs.

"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," Nara Kim from HSI Korea said in a statement.

Puppies await their turn to be sold in Yulin.
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"This really feels like a landmark moment in the demise of the dog meat industry in South Korea, and sends the clear message that the dog meat industry is increasingly unwelcome in Korean society.”

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More than one million dogs are slaughtered annually in South Korea, but the demand for dog meat is rapidly declining.

Younger generations are turning their backs on dog meat, and a recent survey by Gallup Korea found that 70 percent of Koreans would not eat it in the future.

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A landmark case in April saw a South Korean court rule it illegal to kill dogs for their meat.

While there is still no national ban on killing dogs, the ruling has paved the way for a improved hygiene standards and more humane killing methods in slaughterhouses.