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South Korean capital closes last three dog meat shops

South Korea is one step closer to being dog-meat free © freekoreandogs - Instagram

The South Korean capital city, Seoul, has agreed to close down its last dog meat slaughterhouse, moving the country one step closer to a total ban on dog meat.

By Ashley Murphy, 31 Oct 2019

The decision follows years of tireless work by activists working in and outside of South Korea.  Last year, Seoul city mayor Park -Won-soon threw his full weight behind the campaign, which has brought tremendous changes across the country.

Great news for dogs everywhere

In addition to the closure of the last dog slaughterhouse in the capital city, South Korea has also said goodbye to one of its most notorious dog meat markets. The Gupo market packed up for good last July following the closure of Taepyeong, which was the country's largest slaughterhouse.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mayor Park -Won-soon released a statement which included the following:

"Through persuasion for many years, we stopped all slaughter in Seoul. We will maintain the city as a slaughter-free place to promote the dignity of animal coexistence."

Dog meat has a long tradition in South Korea, and around one million pooches are eaten every year.

But attitudes have changed within in the last few decades, especially in the large cities and among younger South Koreans, many of whom have pooches of their own.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The latest closures are great news for dogs and dog lovers, but there's still plenty of work to be done. Dog meat is still on sale in the capital, and many slaughterhouses remain open in other parts of the county.

Let's say goodbye to this cruel practice forever

But it does look like we're witnessing the beginning of the end for this barbaric practice. Nara Kim is a campaign manager for the Humane Society. She said:

"I am happy to see Seoul's last remaining dog meat shops end slaughter...It gives me hope that South Korea's future is dog meat-free."

We couldn't agree more! Now let's hope that future arrives sooner rather than later!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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