South Korea’s Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse Has Been Shut Down

Depending on their culture and upbringing, people look at animals differently. In some cases, this may also include animal treatment.

People in some countries may look down on eating pork or beef, but there’s one type of meat that stirs controversy in most nations, and that’s dog meat consumption. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll probably cringe at somebody’s thinking about eating dog meat.

These animals are precious to us, so you’d probably never even consider including dog meat in your diet, even if you’re eating meat. There’s something we have with dogs that makes it feel completely different for us.



South Korea is one country where dog meat is typical. In the United States, you won’t find such a facility, but in South Korea, several slaughterhouses and facilities are specialized in dog meat.

However, something that happened recently had a significant impact on dog meat production. Campaigners refer to it as a’ landmark moment’ as South Korea’s largest dog meat slaughterhouse has been shut down.

The complex’s name was Taepyeong-dong. It was in Seongnam city. There were six slaughterhouses located inside the facility. All of them had a capacity to hold hundreds of dogs.


The facility would ship dog meat throughout the country to restaurants. City officials have confirmed, however, that the facility will be shut down in just two days.

A press release from Humane Society International talks about the horrific conditions inside the slaughterhouse. Be warned; these may be disturbing details.

“Humane Society International/Korea dog meat campaigners on the scene report that conditions they saw inside the slaughterhouse were horrifying. They found a large number of empty wire pens that would once have held hundreds of dogs, as well as the electrocution equipment used to kill them, knives, and a de-hairing machine. A pile of dead dogs was also found abandoned on the floor.”



70 percent of those living in South Korea no longer eat dog meat, according to the press release. This rapid decline in dog meat trade is seen as a result of changes in public perception as they gradually became more and more aware of these animals ‘ living conditions at the slaughterhouse.

HSI helped dog farmers voluntarily leave the business. They also gave them advice and training to do other forms of farming. Over the past four years, thirteen dog farms have been shut down and about 1,600 dogs have been rescued.

Of course, shutting down the slaughterhouse has been a long, difficult process. However, thanks to investigations and pressure put on the political powers, it’s come to fruition.

“Its closure is a historical event, and hopefully may trigger the closure of other illegal dog slaughterhouses throughout the country,” wrote Hyunji Kim of the Korea Animal Rights Advocates. “Until we achieve this, we really appreciate the support of both Korean people and global citizens who love animals for helping our campaigns to completely end dog meat in Korea.”

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