South Korea’s Gupo Dog Meat Market to Shut Down

Dogs are shown locked in a cage at a dog meat farm in Namyangju, South Korea, on Monday, May 7, 2018. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.
Credit: Jean Chung/For HSI

Humane Society International (HSI) has some good news to share from their fight to end dog meat sales in South Korea.

According HSI, the Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea — one of the country’s largest dog meat markets—  is set to shut down in the near future. The closure is the result of an agreement reached by the local Busan authorities and the 19 dog meat sellers operating out of the Gupo Live Stock Market.

HSI and other animal rights organizations know Gupo as a “notorious” market, infamous for its sale of chilled dog meat and “live dogs killed to order.”

Once the dog meat market is closed, the government plans to turn the area into a public park as a part of a urban planning project that led to the negotiations for the market’s shut down.

This is another recent victory in the fight against the dog meat trade. In November of last year, South Korea’s “Seongnam city demolished Taepyeong, the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse, and closed down most of the related dog meat vendor,” reports HSI.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Kelli Bender