Seongnam Metropolis council, Gyeonggi province, closed Taepyeong the place tons of of 1000’s of canine had been killed every year by electrocution earlier than their stays had been offered for meat, in response to Humane Society Worldwide (HSI).
“We’ve got been making fixed efforts to close down the Taepyeong-dong canine slaughterhouse by investigations and placing strain on Gyeonggi province and Seongnam-si,” mentioned Hyunji Kim of Korea Animal Rights Advocates.
“As Korea’s greatest, brutal, unlawful canine slaughterhouse, Taepyeong-dong is infamous for supplying enormous quantities of canine our bodies to close by Seongnam Moran conventional market,” the activist added. “Its closure is an historic occasion, and hopefully might set off the closure of different unlawful canine slaughterhouses all through the nation.”
South Korea is the one nation in Asia the place canine are routinely and intensively farmed for human consumption. There are conflicting figures on the variety of farmed canine, slaughterhouses and markets throughout the nation, however the HSI estimates round two million canine are being saved in round 17,000 services.
Taepyeong includes six particular person slaughterhouses, 5 of which will likely be bulldozed instantly. Permission to destroy the sixth constructing was not secured in time for the closure, however all its cages will likely be destroyed and gear eliminated in order that it’s now not operational, HSI mentioned in an announcement.
Constructed illegally, the choice to close down the slaughterhouse was made in 2013 by the town council, which consulted with the abattoir, animal activist teams and native residents over its closure.
The council intends to construct a group park on the land, the HSI assertion mentioned.
Activists reported seeing horrifying scenes on the slaughterhouse, together with a pile of useless canine deserted on the ground, electrocution gear, knives, and a de-hairing machine.
“I shudder to suppose what number of thousands and thousands of gorgeous canine may have met their horrific destiny at this place through the years,” Nara Kim, an HSI activist mentioned. “It was a stain on the town of Seongnam and we’re so happy to see it bulldozed.”
Along with the slaughterhouses, the final remaining “bricks & mortar” vendor promoting dwell canine at Moran Market may even be closed.
Moran was as soon as the most important canine meat market in South Korea, in response to HSI, however lately the variety of canine meat retailers has decreased as a consequence of efforts by native authorities.
Though pop-up market stalls nonetheless promote canine meat at Moran, the closure of the ultimate everlasting vendor promoting dwell canine on the web site “represents a significant victory in dismantling the as soon as notorious canine meat market,” mentioned HSI.
Off the menu
The closure of Taepyeong comes at a time when canine meat consumption is declining in South Korea, significantly amongst youthful folks.
A survey by Gallup Korea performed in June 2018 reveals that 70 % of South Koreans say they won’t eat canine meat in future, and a collection of current strikes to curb the canine meat commerce displays a society more and more ailing comfortable with the business.
In April this 12 months, a district court docket in Bucheon fined a farmer for illegal animal slaughter, ruling that meat consumption was not a authorized justification to kill canine.
In August, Seoul Metropolis introduced there will likely be no extra canine slaughterhouses at Kyungdong Market in Dongdaemun from subsequent 12 months.
In the identical month, operators of an unlawful canine slaughterhouse had been prosecuted for water air pollution, and President Moon Jae-In’s workplace pledged to contemplate eradicating canine and cats from the authorized definition of livestock.
Saying the federal government wanted to seek the advice of earlier than making a choice, a presidential secretary for agriculture and fishery, Choi Jae-kwan, quoted an impartial 2018 survey which estimated that 51.5% of South Koreans are in opposition to the thought of banning canine meat whereas 39.7% suppose it ought to be banned.
Nevertheless, authorities figures present rising pet possession in South Korea and a burgeoning pet business. Possession rose from 17.9% in 2012 to 28.1% in 2017, and the variety of pet hair salons doubled from 2,015 in 2012 to 4,670 in 2016.