Animal Activism Leads to South Korea's Biggest Dog Market Closing Its Doors
While animal activists are fighting the consumption of animals raised for food in American culture, others are winning battles overseas. In Defense of Animals announced that its campaign for the Moran Livestock Association in Seongnam, South Korea, to stop slaughtering and selling dogs for their meat has been met with success. As of this week, the country’s biggest supplier of dog meat – killing over 80,000 dogs each year – has decided to discontinue the practice.
The brutal confinement, slaughter, and sale of dogs at the bustling Moran market comes as a great victory for those involved in the campaign. Marilyn Kroplick, IDA’s President, stated:
“The closure of Korea’s most infamous dog meat market at Moran deals a significant blow to the heart of the dog meat trade.”
There is suspicion that the traders will likely spring up elsewhere, but IDA is prepared. If there’s money to be made on raising animals for food, there will also be a line of people ready to profit off of such practices. The tireless efforts of IDA and other groups remind these industries – and the public – that there is a huge fight ahead of them if they choose to participate in animal cruelty and slaughter. For now, the markets of Seongnam have become a little bit more compassionate.
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