Busan: Dog slaughterhouse on Busan Northern District land

This is a translation of the December 9th, 2013 news on Busan Ilbo: Busan KAPCA demands “demolition of dog slaughterhouse” in operation for over 20 years on a land owned by the Northern District government of Busan.

Busan KAPCA (Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) demands “demolition of dog slaughterhouse” in operation for over 20 years on a land owned by the Northern District government of Busan.

It has come to light that dog slaughter has been taking place for over 20 years on a land inside Gupo Market that is owned by the Busan northern district government sparking controversy.

According to the northern district government, a “health food center” that sells dog elixir (dog soju) has been occupying 52㎡ of land that is owned and maintained by the district office for the past 20 years. The district office imposes indemnity on this place every year based on the official land price and 4.95 million Korean won ($ 4,700 USD) was imposed for this year.

The problem is that inside this “health food center” there is a dog slaughter facility. Recently Busan KAPCA demanded several times that this “health food center” building that occupied the district government owned land without authorization, must be demolished.
Busan KAPCA also raised suspicions about the mass slaughtering (which is against the Korean Animal Protection Law) based on the fact that there were many dozens of metal cages of dogs waiting in front of this “health food center” during the summer peak season.

The owner of this “health food center”, Choi OO, explained that mass slaughtering did not take place. Choi OO stated, “We don’t kill dogs in front of other dogs and we have been paying the rent on time. We display live dogs in front to help promote our business but if people thinks it’s disgusting than we will cover up the cages.”

The northern district office’s position is that if you cannot capture the scene of killing with cruel methods, it’s difficult to bring charges against the “health food center” for animal cruelty.
An official at the northern district office economic development department stated, “last year the court had ruled that the killing of dogs itself is not illegal. Because the law does not specifically define the acts of cruelty, it’s difficult to punish someone for the violation of animal protection law.”

Regarding the issue of building being illegal, the district office responded that they will not demolish it taking into consideration of the facts that the land in question is small and the “health food center” at this traditional market is not against the public’s interest. Ji-Yeon Song reports.

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Gupo Market on Chobok (7/13/2013), first of the 3 hottest days of the summer when the dog meat consumption peaks in S. Korea. Photo: Busan KAPCA

  1. Frau Laus
    Frau LausDecember 10,13

    Stop killing and eating the men’s best Friend!!! This is not right!!

  2. atziry rodriguez
    atziry rodriguezDecember 10,13

    Stop eating dogs and cats. Sick people.

  3. Sylvie Robinette
    Sylvie RobinetteDecember 10,13

    Stop killing and eating the men’s best Friend Stop eating dogs and cats. Sick people.

  4. Sylvie Robinette
    Sylvie RobinetteDecember 10,13

    Stop eating dogs and cats. Sick people.

  5. ahloie reyea
    ahloie reyeaDecember 10,13

    KOREA is a good country, industrialized but CIVILIZED …… NO!!!! FREAK PEOPLE soon they will be eating their GRANNY, DYING MOMS, KIDS…. STUPID PEOPLEEEE!!!!!

  6. Lesley Gaither
    Lesley GaitherDecember 10,13

    Dogs are so sweet, smart, and intuitive. They can save lives and detect cancer. They are worth more than a meal. You are wasting Gods blesses.

  7. elisa kleven
    elisa klevenDecember 10,13

    This is disgusting, shocking and cruel. Dog meat is for monsters, not human beings.

    MAYIS BRUNODecember 10,13

    ATROCE…………..LACHETEES………….DESHONNEURS……………………………….. absolue !

  9. nazan
    nazanDecember 10,13


  10. Angela Klaesson
    Angela KlaessonDecember 10,13

    Their ‘culture’, if that’s what they prefer to call it, is rather cruel, immoral and sick. I’ve pledged not to buy or use any S Korean products or services for as long as this is allowed.

  11. julie watson
    julie watsonDecember 11,13

    THis is so cruel and barbarrick ,you people need to change the way you think ,dogs and cats are not for human consumption ,youre culture is very cruel and sick and may one day god come down on all you evil people

  12. Susan Morse
    Susan MorseDecember 11,13

    I will NEVER visit a country that has no moral compass!!! The savage and brutal slaughtering of innocent animals is beyond comprehension for me and millions of others worldwide . The rest of the world is watching with sickened stomachs.

  13. odyssey
    odysseyDecember 15,13


  14. Heather M. Blanck
    Heather M. BlanckDecember 22,13


  15. Deborah
    DeborahMarch 12,14

    Countries like should be boycotted!

  16. Ellen Thayer
    Ellen ThayerDecember 17,14

    This beyond horrific! This needs to stop!

  17. margaret miranda
    margaret mirandaDecember 17,14

    I will boycott anything that is made in Korea or anything that comes from Korea, and I will make sure that others do the same, until this barbaric
    practice of “dog meat trade” stops. I will also write to the Olympic committee to let them know that people don’t want to go watch the Olympics to a country where they torture Butcher and eat dogs and cats. This MUST STOP. Shame on you KOREA the world is WATCHING YOU

  18. Anne-Mari Gavin
    Anne-Mari GavinDecember 23,14

    I am the Voice of the Voiceless
    Through me the dumb shall speak
    Till the world’s deaf ear be made to hear
    The wrongs of the wordless weak.
    Oh shame on the mothers of mortals
    Who do not stoop to teach
    The sorrow that lies in dear dumb eyes
    The sorrow that has no speech.
    From street, from cage, from kennel
    From stable and from zoo
    The wall of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
    Of the mighty against the frail.
    But I am my brother’s keeper …
    A good example of God’s displeasure at cruelty to animals is found in Proverbs 12:10: “The godly are concerned for the welfare of their animals, but even the kindness of the wicked is cruel.” God calls cruelty to animals wicked. Finally, God rebuked Balaam for beating his donkey, when that donkey was trying to save his life.
    “Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the angel of the Lord demanded. “Look, I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me. Three times the donkey saw me and shied away; otherwise, I would certainly have killed you by now and spared the donkey” (Numbers 22:32-33).

    Job 12:7,8,9 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
    12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
    12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
    Thanks to those who care for God’s creatures. Be Blessed.

  19. morice
    moriceMarch 15,15

    je crois pas ce que je vois la!! et on les tue comment ces pauvres chiens !!! j’ai pas la meme culture ! moi aucun animal je le fais souffrir car je n’en n’ai pas le droit!! quel putain de monde ! et si on arretait de manger de la viande touts les jours déjà !! hein ?? c’est si cruel de vois ces chiens allaient a la torture car ils sont tués comment hein? pfthhhhh ca me dégoute

  20. Adriana ribeiro
    Adriana ribeiroMarch 17,15

    Countries like should be boycotted!

  21. Margarete Becker
    Margarete BeckerMarch 18,15

    You are nothing but murderers and barbars!!! The life of any dog
    or any animal is much more worth than yours!
    I will boycott ANYTHING that comes from Korea!!!

  22. WILLY
    WILLYJuly 15,15

    Ustedes coreanos hijos de puta dejen de comer carne de perrito malparidos cobardes. Y todos los demás también dejen de comer carne de vaca, pollo, cerdo, pescado.

  23. Wendy Juan
    Wendy JuanFebruary 16,16

    Why can’t these idiots ban dog meat?!? How can these barbarians eat men’s best friend?!??? How low these people can stoop down to

  24. Yoon Kyung cho
    Yoon Kyung choMay 24,16

    Stop this brutality on loving soul!!

  25. sarah tickner
    sarah ticknerJuly 6,16

    This is disgusting brutality should not be happening to these loving beautiful dogs they are our best friends God help them

  26. brenda l irelan
    brenda l irelanJuly 8,16

    nothing on gods green earth should suffer at the hands of any human or cruel ass hole

  27. heidi zerafa
    heidi zerafaAugust 3,17


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