South Korea has closed down the largest dog meat slaughterhouse in the country and has received thumps up from animal rights campaigners who see this as a major blow to the country’s canine meat trade.
The Seongnam City Council, Gyeonggi Province, shut down Taepyeong where each year hundreds of thousands of dogs are killed by electrocution before being dismembered and sold as meat, according to Humane Society International (HSI).
In Asia, South Korea is the only country where dogs are farmed for human consumption. Although there are conflicting estimates on the number of farmed dogs, slaughter houses or markets in the country, but HSI estimates puts them around two million dogs kept in 17,000 facilities.
There are six individual slaughter houses in Taepyeong, of which five would be destroyed immediately. The sixth building would be destroyed once permission has been secured, however all its cages and equipment would be removed ensuring that it no longer has the capacity to ply its trade.
The slaughter house was built illegally and the council in 2013 after consulting the abattoir, animal activist groups and local residents decided on its closure. It intends to build a community park where the Taepyeong once existed.
Dog meat is a delicacy in lots of African countries where animal rights activism is almost non existent. The cruelty to animals in this part of the world is second to none and something for animal rights activist to work on.