Every year an estimated two million dogs are slaughtered in South Korea to supply the dog meat industry - an inherently cruel industry that causes immense suffering to the dogs throughout all stages- farming, transport, sale and slaughter.
Numerous investigations into the industry have documented the cruel and pitiful conditions under which dogs are farmed, transported and slaughtered each year. As a result of the cramped, unhygienic and stressful environment in which the dogs are kept, physical disease and mental distress are profoundly evident, with many dogs showing obvious signs of sickness, depression, aggression, and abnormal behaviours.
Although the majority of Koreans do not consume dog meat, the majority continue to defend the industry, often in the name of ‘tradition’, ‘culture’, or ‘national pride’.
But opinions are changing and opposition to the dog meat industry is fiercer than ever before.
We want those in South Korea who are standing up against the cruel dog meat industry to know that we are behind their attempts to save the lives of these animals, and to urge others, and the South Korean government, to show their support.