Call for Action: Shut down the illegal “Meat Dog” auction house in Gimpo!

Shut down this awful dog auction site, where bidders bid for dogs such as jindos (one of the Korea’s national treasures), golden retrievers, labradors etc., while their cage mates watch on in horror as the humans try to out bid each other for their meat. This is an example of how horrific humans can be to our best friends. Let’s take action now to close this auction for good!

Below is a translation of the JTBC report on July 1, 2019:

Dog auction while the dogs are yelping…even the companion dogs are sold for meat.
Ahead of Boknal, JTBC cameras captured the scene of buying and selling dogs for meat without distinguishing between ‘meat dogs’ and ‘companion dogs’.

There were dogs such as Jindos, which are Korea’s national treasure, and dogs that look like Golden Retrievers which are companion dogs. Choi Kyu-Jin reports on the condition of the ‘meat dog auction house’.

A vehicle carrying a metal wire cage enters a warehouse.
Inside the warehouse, there are about 200 dogs inside that cages. This is an illegal “meat dog” auction site in Gimpo (Gyeonggi-do Province).

[Auctioneer: How can I help you? (I came to buy dogs.) Ok. Take a look around.]

The auction begins with the sound of a whistle blowing. Bargaining takes place as buyers jab at crying dogs with a stick. Instead of calling the dogs by their names, they are called by the price.

[Auctioneer: White dog! White dog! Start from 1 million won. 15,000 won! 28,000 won! 30,000 won!]

Auctions are held 3 times a week; 200 dogs from all over the country are brought here. In addition to Dosa dogs, which are commonly used for meat in Korea because of their size, there are also dogs like Golden Retrievers and Jindo dogs, which are Korea’s national treasures. This is illegal under the Animal Protection Act.

[Im Yeong-Ki / Animal Rescue 119 Director: They had the dogs divided by breeds. There’s no such thing as inspections done here. Only sales are taking place.]

The dogs that are not sold wait inside the cage, an empty food bowl beside them, for the next auction day. Some of the dogs inside the cage have injuries, while others are suspected of having skin diseases.

[Lee Ji-Yeon / Animal Liberation Wave Co-Director: The companion dogs and “meat dogs” are not treated differently at all at the auction house. From here, the dogs are sent to the illegal dog slaughterhouses scattered all around the country.]

Most of these meat dog auction houses are illegal but cracking down on them is not easy. That is because under current law, only companion dog sales require a license.

Video: Animal Liberation Wave.

Call for Action

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    Mayor Jung Ha-Young
    City of Gimpo
    Saujungro 1, Gimpo, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 10109
    South Korea

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    정하영 김포 시장님
    (10109) 경기도 김포시 사우중로 1
    South Korea

    Gimpo City Council
    Saujungro 1 Gimpo, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 10109
    South Korea

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    South Korea

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    Subject: Gimpo, South Korea, Shut down the illegal “meat dog” auction house immediately!


    Dear Mayor Jung Ha-Young and the Gimpo City Council members,

    Please watch this news, “울부짖는 개들 찔러대며 ‘흥정’…반려견도 ‘식용’ 판매”

    We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on this illegal dog auction house as well as all the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your city. We request that an official document be issued, mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges:

    Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of the Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

    Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

    Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

    The act of the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of the slaughtering of a dog, without justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation.

    The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

    The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

    The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

    The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning; this can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely.

    Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption.

    Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):

    The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” (

    International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your city’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. An online petition calling for your immediate action to end the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress:
    The favor of your reply is requested.

    [Your Name & City/Country]

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  1. Erin Kennedy
    Erin KennedyAugust 17,19

    Shut All These Hellholes Down!Boycott All Korean Goods Until It is Done!!!

  2. Una Molyneux
    Una MolyneuxAugust 18,19

    We need to declare war on Korea. They are violating every International law on aninal welfare, health and safety and causing enormous distress to both animals and animal lovers. They must be shut down. They will turn on people next with their relentless lust for inflicting intolerable cruelty.

  3. Susan Siniard
    Susan SiniardAugust 18,19

    Shut these hellholes down now!

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