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Busan Buk-gu District “Let us shut down the Gupo Dog Meat Market before Boknal”

Kookje News reported on March 12, 2019 that “Busan Buk-gu district has commenced actions to shut down the operations of the Gupo Livestock (Dog Meat) Market before Boknal (the hottest days of the summer). However, it is unclear how effective this will be.”

This is positive news coming from Busan regarding the notorious Gupo Dog Meat Market. But there are still many challenges to face ahead in order to shut it down completely and, as history has repeatedly shown, it is incredibly difficult to change the mentality of the Korean government about animal welfare, which is still firmly stuck in the stone ages! Furthermore, the Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market is only a small part of the whole dog meat industry in Busan (Korean internet search results recently revealed 566 Health Food Shops and 263 dog meat restaurants in and around Busan) and all over South Korea. This is why we must keep the pressure on the Busan and Busan Buk-gu district government as well as each government entity in South Korea to shut down the vile and extremely cruel dog and cat meat industry for good.

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Photo: Busan Gupo Market. Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (Busan KAPCA)

Busan Buk District “Let us shut down the Gupo Dog Meat Market before Boknal”

Speed up: (1) the establishment of ordinances, (2) organization of a supplementary budget of 700 million won, and (3) the securing of city and governmental financial support

– A few district council members think the actions are “too hasty”
– Dog Meat Traders’ Association think this “should be negotiated collectively”
– Its unclear as to whether these actions will lead to actual results

Busan Buk-gu district has commenced actions to shut down the operations of the Gupo Livestock (Dog Meat) Market before Boknal (the hottest days of the summer). However, it is unclear how effective this will be.

In order to promote the reorganization of the Gupo Livestock Market, the Buk-gu district has proposed “Ordinances to reorganize the Gupo Livestock Market and provide support for closed merchants” and has organized a supplementary budget of 685 million won (approximately $600,000 USD) to support the livelihood of merchants who have had to shut down their businesses.

The reorganization of the Gupo Livestock market has been a long-desired ambition for the Buk-gu district. However, because of the astronomical budget needed, the district had been unable to proceed on its own and had been stalling until local elections last year led to renewed interest on the project. Busan Mayor Oh Keo-Don and Buk-gu District Head Official Jeong Myeong-Hui have agreed to cooperate to improve the conditions of the livestock market. The city has committed 19.9 billion won (approximately $17.5 million USD) to establish urban planning facilities, which includes a parking lot, a small park and a citizens’ recreation facility, within the livestock market and has secured a national budget of 6 billion won.

The city and district governments have cooperated to secure a budget and the reorganization of the Gupo Livestock Market is proceeding as planned. In addition, the Buk-gu district has enacted new ordinances to speed up the reorganization and committed nearly 700 million won (approximately $616,000 USD) despite limited financial resources.

The Buk-gu district will pay 1.8 million won (approximately $1,600 USD) in living allowance every month for 20 months to 19 businesses currently in operation, until the newly planned shopping center is established. A Buk-gu district official has stated, “In order to receive the living allowance in a timely manner an agreement must be made before the compensation for the urban planning facilities are completed.”

However, it is unclear whether these plans will proceed as planned. There are still differences on opinion regarding the compensation and negotiation method between the city and the merchants. Additionally, there are differences on opinion within the city council, with several council members thinking the actions are too hasty. Park Yong-Soon, chairman of the Gupo Livestock Market Association, has stated, “I am grateful that the city has enacted ordinances and committed a budget to provide living allowance for the merchants” but “I hope the district will proceed with settlement negotiations as requested by the merchants to resolve points of dispute quickly.” A city council member, Baek Jong-Hak (Liberty Korea Party) stated, “I plan to review the ordinances and proposed supplementary budget in a positive light if it is proposed to the standing committee, but I am worried that the district is proceeding too hastily. I have my concerns on why we need to proceed so quickly.”

The Buk-gu district plans to initially focus on persuading the council to pass the ordinances and proposed budget, and then negotiate with merchants. A Buk-gu official stated, “If the ordinance and proposed budget pass the council, we will negotiate with merchants on this basis and plan to reorganize the livestock market before the hottest days of summer.”

  1. Sharon Stevens
    Sharon StevensMarch 18,19

    PLEASE STOP THIS HORRIBLE GOD ANIMALS YOU ARE KILLING

    • Monica Lucchi
      Monica LucchiMarch 19,19

      SHAME KOREAN GOVERNMENT : STOP TO TORTURE POOR ANIMALS, STOP TO COOK POOR ANIMALS ALIVE !!! KOREAN PEOPLE YOU ARE NOT HUMANS, YOU ARE MONSTERS !!!

    • LAURENCE MACHETTO
      LAURENCE MACHETTOMarch 23,19

      MONSTERS

  2. Jambois
    JamboisMarch 19,19

    Au gouvernement ainsi qu’au peuple Coréen, comment pouvez vous accepter tous ces massacres de CHIENS ET DE CHATS qui sont nos MEILLEURS AMIS. Nos MEILLEURS compagnons de nos vies ?????…… Devenez un peu plus humains et vous vivrez plus heureux !!!!… À MÉDITER svp

  3. Mia Hellstroem
    Mia HellstroemMarch 22,19

    No country can call themselves civilized sanctioning sadistic cruelty to animals. Anyone participating and condoning these heinous crimes of sadistic torture of animals are a disgrace to humanity. This is NOT how humans conduct themselves and still call themselves humans! We will not buy anything produced in your country, nor will we visit South Korea as long as this sadistic torture of cats, dogs and other animals continue. We will encourage our families, friends and coworkers to follow our lead! Shame on you!

    • Sabriye Mehmet
      Sabriye MehmetMarch 23,19

      Well said hun 💔I’m doing exactly the same 💔 I’m so traumatised at what I’ve seen lately ,I want to go to these countries and adopt
      all there animals and keep them safe 💔I’ve never come across so much ignorance in my life 💔
      I just hope that some how are comments are seen 💔

  4. Kalysta
    KalystaMarch 22,19

    I call for a boycott of Korean products all over the world as long as this barbarism will exist. Eating dogs and cats in our time seems to me like unreal.
    Shame on the leaders and all those elected officials who let do these despicable acts

  5. Claire Dudan
    Claire DudanMarch 22,19

    SHAME ON THE KOREAN GOVERNMENT!!! YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THESE POOR TORTURED ANIMALS AND YOU DO NOTHING. WHERE IS YOUR COMPASSION?? BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY AND STOP THIS BARBARIC PRACTICE.

  6. William James Carley
    William James CarleyMarch 22,19

    Subhuman these people are.

  7. Jaime Perez
    Jaime PerezMarch 23,19

    Dogs are not dinner! This horrible practice must be stopped now.

  8. Barbara Turner
    Barbara TurnerMarch 23,19

    You want dog for dinner, go after a gator, hopefully you’ll meet your fate! SCUM!

  9. Tracey murthwaite
    Tracey murthwaiteMarch 23,19

    Please stop this cruelty now. This is not human.

  10. Paul Hignett
    Paul HignettMarch 23,19

    Horrible scum bags

  11. Kim Powell
    Kim PowellMarch 23,19

    PLEASE STOP THE PAIN AND SUFFERING ON THESE INNOCENT SOULS !!!

  12. Marianne Crawford
    Marianne CrawfordMarch 23,19

    Korea makes me sick!

  13. SERGIO CALATAYUD FUENTES
    SERGIO CALATAYUD FUENTESMarch 23,19

    Asesinos de mierda, no tenéis sentimientos. Os caerá la peor de las maldiciones

  14. PETER WALDER
    PETER WALDERMarch 23,19

    SHAME ON YOU ! YOU FUCKING ANIMAL-ABUSER – !!!

  15. SILVIA
    SILVIAMarch 23,19

    GOVERNO DELLA KOREA VERGOGNATEVI PER QUELLO CHE GFATE A QUELLE POVERE CREATURE ,VERGOGNA VERGOGNA!

  16. EVELIN
    EVELINMarch 23,19

    DONT EVER EAT DOG OR CAT PERHAPS EAT VEGAN THAN KILLING AN BELOVED FAMILY PET. THIS IS FUCK UP AND BREAKS MY HEART TO SEE INNOCENT ANIMALS ENDING AT SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Let’s GET THE GOVERNMENT TO EDUCATE these HUNGRY MORONS TO PENALIZED THEM.

  17. Pesi Unwalla
    Pesi UnwallaMarch 23,19

    This is a perverted, so-called ‘custom’ – is it indicative of your culture? Do you realize that it represents the image more civilized societies have of Korea? Barbarians!

  18. Schiassi Carli
    Schiassi CarliMarch 23,19

    The world see u ……

  19. esperanza pinto martinez
    esperanza pinto martinezMarch 27,19

    que imágens horribles de esos pobres animalitos indefensos muertos solo para alimentar al hombre porque no se merecen ser llamados seres humanos son salvajes asquerosos están años luz de ser civilizados

  20. Sherry
    SherryApril 5,19

    South Koreans are barbarians. A people known around the world for their horrific and cruel treatment of man’s best friend the dog. Disgusting.

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