Notorious Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market to Close Down
We have great news to share!!! Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Busan KAPCA) announced that the notorious Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market will be closing down. 19 shops in the market that sell dog meat have tentatively agreed to close their businesses before July 12. Currently the dog slaughter is ongoing. Dog butchers will be given very generous compensation packages from the district (the district office’s offer includes providing about 3.1 million won ($2,700) to each of them every month until December 2020). We hope that none of these dog butchers from Gupo will relocate their businesses.
Busan KAPCA along with many individual activists in Korea have fought long and hard for this. We, KoreanDogs.org, have also been campaigning to close down Busan Gupo Market for many years now. We thank everyone who took action to help.
Let us continue to fight until the dog meat industry ends for good in South Korea. Click HERE to see our campaigns to close down dog meat industry in Gupo Market and Busan.
Click HERE to read report on The Korea Bizwire on May 31, 2019 “Dog Meat Market Disappears into History Amid Concerns over Animal Abuse”
A Tentative Agreement has been reached to close down the Gupo Livestock Market before the first Boknal
An agreement was reached yesterday to close Gupo Livestock Market, a hotbed of animal abuse, where selling dog meat was major business, before Chobok (July 12th, the first of the 3 Boknal, dog days of summer). All shops decided to shut down.
It was a hard struggle trying to get these shops to close before the first boknal and at one point, we thought it might not happen. However, all of them have now agreed to close down their businesses.
There were some misunderstandings and twists and turns since the negotiations were held in private.
It is a very emotional day for Busan KAPCA, which held the very first protest at the Gupo Livestock Market and worked tirelessly to close down this market.
The president of Gupo Livestock Market, Park Yong-Soon, came to Busan KAPCA to discuss the closure, countless times we visited the City Hall and Buk-gu district Office. Buk-gu Office launched a Task Force team and followed by the launch of Minju Party Task Force team. We participated in the negotiation sessions spearheaded by Head of Buk-gu Office, Jeong Myeong-Hui.
The negotiation team has worked extremely hard for this complete closure and even though there are still a number of issues to be sorted out, we think it will eventually work out.
The closure of Gupo dog meat market will be the first, meaningful step toward the full cessation of dog meat in the South Korea.
Sincere thanks to all the organizations and the activists who helped us make this first step. However, this is not the end, so please continue your support.
Let’s keep taking actions until every dog meat market,
every dog farms are closed down in South Korea!
Photos: Busan KAPCA.