The End Is Near—S. Korea Closes Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse!
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LCA Last Chance for Animals
November 2018

On November 22, 2018, S. Korean officials began dismantling the largest dog meat slaughterhouse in the country.

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Beam projection onto S. Korean National Assembly, November 22, 2018.

Located in Seongnam city on the outskirts of Seoul, the Taepyeong-dong complex housed six slaughterhouses where thousands of dogs were killed each year and their meat sold to restaurants and Moran Market, one of the largest markets to sell dog meat in S. Korea.

The historic closure comes amid a growing shift in the public's perception of the dog meat trade, which the S. Korean government addressed on August 10, 2018, stating they would consider removing dogs from the livestock list, and a reduction in dog meat consumption in the country.

Three polls—commissioned by LCA and sister organization Animal Liberation Wave (ALW)—found 81.2% of S. Koreans have not eaten dog meat at all during the last year, 46% of S. Koreans disagree with dog meat consumption, and 44.2% of S. Koreans agree with a ban on the barbaric practice.

LCA, along with many other animal rights organizations, have worked tirelessly to end the dog meat trade in S. Korea. Here are some of the things LCA and ALW did this year:

  • Feb 2018: launched the Flower Dog Project—a mobile art installation of eight dogs, each with specific names, colors, and meanings to represent the dogs suffering in the dog meat industry. The Flower Dogs appeared at the PyeongChang Olympics and in the main lobby of the National Assembly.
  • July 17, 2018: held three anti-dog meat demonstrations in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Seoul, S. Korea on Bok Nal—the hottest days of the Korean summer when consumption of dog meat soup, known as "Boshingtag", rises to combat the heat.
  • Nov 22, 2018: cast a beam projection onto the National Assembly in S. Korea, displaying the words "Stop Dog Meat", to raise awareness for the dog meat trade as MPs convene to discuss and vote on MP Pyo Chang-won's proposed amendment to the Animal Protection Act (tabled in the National Assembly on November 19, 2018), which would outlaw the slaughter of dogs for meat in S. Korea.

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