South Korea is one of the countries that previously practiced dog meat trade. But with the continuous call to end this kind of activity by activists and advocates, the dog meat trade in the country has recently been halted.
While it was a slow victory for the activists, they still treat it as a milestone. Among the people in the government who supported the movement is Seoul’s Mayor Park Won-soon.
Through the help of Humane Society International – Korea (HSI – Korea) and other volunteers who are dog lovers, South Korea closed the last three dog meat slaughter site last month. Due to the increasing support the advocates received, the closing of the shops was made possible.
Since 2015, there are a total of 1,800 dogs who got rescued from meat slaughter sites while 15 dog meat sites were closed. One of the reasons why it was difficult to stop the operations of the sites is that Korean citizens are into dog meat consumption.
The consumption, though, saw a drastic decrease in 2019. At least 70% of South Koreans who were surveyed for a manifesto said that they are no longer eating dog meat.
Nara Kim of the HSI – Korea said in a statement that this victory is a welcome development. She said she is personally happy that after long years of continuous mobilization, their voices have already been heard.
While it is already a victory of the group, Kim believes that there are still things to be done. Even then, she is optimistic that the group will achieve a dog meat-free future in South Korea. She said that she and the team would do their best to achieve this goal because dogs are precious animals worthy of love.
For now, the group is savoring the victory. They are likewise looking for potential adopters of the dogs they rescued from the last three dog meat shops they closed.
Credits to Humane Society International.