A notorious dog meat market infamously known for serving chilled dog meat and keeps live dogs in cages to slaughter on order is finally being shut down.
The Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea is one of the largest in the country.
Now, local authorities have reached an agreement with all the 19 dog meat market vendors to shut down their business next month. The closure is part of an urban planning project to regenerate the area and turn the market into a public park.
The closure of the Gupo dog meat market is the latest in a series of crack downs by officials on the cruel trade.
Just last year, Seongnam city, also in South Korea, demolished the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse, Taepyeong, and closed down most of the related dog meat vendors.
“We very much welcome the agreement reached to close Gupo market, home to one of the largest dog meat markets in South Korea. The closure plan is the result of months of hard work between the local authorities and the market vendors, and both sides are to be commended for working towards this goal that will not only bring to an end to Gupo’s dog meat era, but will also see the area regenerated with new amenities and businesses for the benefit of the local, modern economy.” Nara Kim, dog meat campaigner for Humane Society International said.
“HSI has been working with dog meat farmers in South Korea for nearly four years helping them close their flagging businesses as more people in the county turn away from dog meat, so the closure of Gupo’s grimly iconic dog market, which follows the demolition last year of the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse complex, is a sign of more compassionate times. This is the latest crack down on an increasingly unpopular dog meat trade, and we hope that it inspires further closures in future where dogs also suffer for the meat trade, such as Chilsung market in Daegu.” She added.
About 2 million dogs a year are reared on thousands of dog meat farms across South Korea. They are subjected to a lot of suffering in cages as they await horrific deaths.
According to HSI, the dogs are mostly killed by electrocution, with dogs taking up to 5 minutes to die. Sadly, there have been recorded instances of dogs taking up to 20 minutes to die. Another method they use is hanging, with dogs being killed in full view of other dogs on the farms.
While dog meat consumption is rapidly declining in South Korea, especially among younger generations, the practice remains popular during the summer months of July and August.
We hope this move kick starts the closure of all other dog meat markets and put an end to this cruel practice.