English Caption – “Moran Market Dog Meat Shops Maintenance by City of Seongnam vs. Right to Survive…”Dog Fight” with Pride at Stake”

English Caption – “Moran Market Dog Meat Shops Maintenance by City of Seongnam vs. Right to Survive…”Dog Fight” with Pride at Stake” 성남 모란시장 업소정비vs생존권…자존심 건 ‘개 싸움’: http://youtu.be/zVFmWEoFVk0

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‘Dog Fight’ is in full swing at the Moran Market in Seongnam these days.

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As city of Seongnam moves forward with the maintenance of dog meat shops, shop owners are resisting with the demand for guarantee of their survival.

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Yeon-Tae Kim with JTBC affiliates, Central Daily (Joongbu Ilbo) reports.

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Moran Market, Seongnam.
A row of dog meat shops lines the street.

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In cages, dogs bred for consumption look flaccid.

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Shop owner completes price negotiation with a customer and drags a dog inside.

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Yellow dog (Neurongi)seems to have sensed his death, he is struggling desperately.

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After a while, this dog burned into black is sold as health food dog meat.

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Number of dogs slaughtered and sold each day by 21 dog meat shops in Moran market is approximately 200.

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[Gyeong-Soon Kim/ Seongnam Hadaewon-dong: They are living beings so when I see them being slaughtered sometimes, it’s horrible and hideous.]

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[Gang-Woo Lee / Seongnam Seongnam-dong: It’s not good aesthetically to display and sell them in the street where pedestrians can see.]

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City of Seongnam is set out to make some changes because of endless civil complaints about Moran market’s repulsive scenery.

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They’ve decided to move the cages from illegally taking space on the road and sidewalks.

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That’s because Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act does not classify dogs as livestock, so the sale or distribution of dog meat cannot be banned or regulated.

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[Eun-Sik Shin / City of Seongnam, Animal Resource Team Leader: Based on our current law, we can’t regulated them but we will ask them to move the cages voluntarily.

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If this doesn’t work then, we will issue them warning and if the warning doesn’t work then we will impose fine.]

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Shop owners who have been in business at this market for the past 40 years are resisting claiming that moving the cages will threaten their livelihood.

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[Gang-Chun Lee / President of Moran Market Livestock Traders Association: We are very offended because we are being treated as if we are committing crime.]