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South Korea Closes Its Biggest Canine Meat Slaughterhouse


You don’t have to be a vegetarian so that the idea of eating dog meat makes you cringe. While to most people, eating canine meat is unimaginable, considering how lovely, good, and loyal dogs are and what a great, deep bond they create with people, in some countries, such as South Korea, this practice is not uncommon at all.

In South Korea, there’s a great number of dog meat slaughterhouses. However, its biggest slaughterhouse, Taepyeong-dong, has been closed by local authorities – a move which has been described as a landmark moment in the downfall of the country’s canine meat trade.

In this slaughterhouse, thousands of dogs were electrocuted each year and then their remains were sold for meat.

Hyunji Kim, an activist at Korea Animal Rights Advocates, said:

“As Korea’s biggest, brutal, illegal dog slaughterhouse, Taepyeong-dong is notorious for supplying huge amounts of dog bodies to nearby Seongnam Moran traditional market. Its closure is an historical event, and hopefully may trigger the closure of other illegal dog slaughterhouses throughout the country.”


The Taepyeong-dong complex is said to have comprised 6 slaughterhouses and each one of them had the capacity to hold hundreds of animals at a time. The complex was one of the biggest suppliers of canine meat for restaurants all over the country.

Activists have reported seeing terrifying conditions at the facility, including a de-hairing machine, knives, electrocution equipment, and wire cages where hundreds of dogs have been kept.


It’s important to note that although closing the slaughterhouse wasn’t an easy process at all, thanks to campaign groups and local authorities, it has been shut down successfully.

It’s great to know that there’re individuals out there who truly love and look after animals and try to ensure that their rights are always protected, no matter where they are.