Goseong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Goseong Mayor Ham Myeong-Jun

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

In Goseong, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty.

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Video: Cruelty during transport. Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA)

Video: South Korea’s horrific dog slaughter. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE)

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Goseong’s dog meat demand.

Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Shops” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants”.

The searches resulted in: 46 Health Food Shops; and 23 dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Goseong.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Goseong in order to supply all of these outlets.

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Call for Action

  • 👉 Click HERE to file petition with the South Korean government through e-People online. (You can use our “Suggested message” below or your own words.)
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  • Send letters:
    Mayor Ham Myeong-Jun
    Goseong County
    9 Goseongjoongang-gil, Goseong-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 24735
    South Korea

    Mayor’s address in Korean:
    함명준 고성군수님
    (24735) 강원도 고성군 간성읍 고성중앙길 9
    South Korea

    Goseong-gun Council
    9 Goseongjoongang-gil, Goseong-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 24735
    South Korea

    Goseong County Council’s address in Korean:
    (24735) 강원도 고성군 간성읍 고성중앙길 9
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook pages:
    Goseong Mayor
    Gangwon-do Government
    Gangwon-do Governor
    Gangwon Provincial Council

    🇰🇷Click HERE for the Korean translation of the suggested message which you can then add to your letter.🇰🇷

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    Subject: Goseong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

    Petition: Goseong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

    Dear Mayor Ham Myeong-Jun and the Goseong-gun Council members,

    Please watch this documentary, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea”

    We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your county. 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 publicly 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 county’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested.

    [Your Name & City/Country]

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Video: Appalling Reality of South Korea’s Illegal Dog Farms (불법 개농장 참혹한 현실 – 제보자들 20200610)

  1. Martha Grünewald
    Martha GrünewaldNovember 18,18

    Please please Stopp the horobile for Animals, that’s all ja bot Human, that’s make my Sick, that’s heartbreaking so HOROBILE THE HORROR FOR ALL ANIMALS.. Please help and Ending..

  2. Sherie
    SherieNovember 19,18

    The world is watching your sickening dog and cat meat trade , the cruelty you inflict on these creatures is beyond revolting .

  3. kate cassidy
    kate cassidyNovember 19,18

    Free the dogs. Thay are not food!!!!!

  4. Lin Kristian
    Lin KristianNovember 20,18

    Please stop this cruel, inhumane treatment of these animals. They are sentinent beings not food. The cruelty that you inflict on these animals is beyond discusting!

  5. Mitzi Spallas
    Mitzi SpallasApril 1,19

    You will NEVER be taken seriously as a modern industrialized city as long as you participate in cruel old fashioned customs. Your country will never have the respect you want as long as barbaric practices like this continue. Most modern cities in the world look down on eating dogs and cats. Dogs have over and over been shown to have high intellect, rescuing and protecting owners, serving in the military and with police. How can you feel it’s ok to use sentient creatures like this for food? Please stop this disgusting practice NOW.

  6. Rosa Serrat
    Rosa SerratSeptember 10,20

    Do not eat dogs !!!! Dogs are best friends of people.

  7. Romina
    RominaSeptember 10,20

    Lasciate stare gli animali, assassini maledetti!!!!

  8. Karolina
    KarolinaSeptember 11,20

    Stop killing dogs

  9. Astrid
    AstridSeptember 11,20

    Stop this hideous barbaric cruel unnecessary trade. Why does it always have to go pared with cruelty too? That’s so bad!!!

  10. Dana Orságová
    Dana OrságováSeptember 11,20

    help !!! save all dogs and cats !!! stop suffering !! help please !! stop killing and torture !!!

  11. Cheryl Knight Lockhart
    Cheryl Knight LockhartSeptember 14,20

    Stop the brutality of these creatures NOW. You have terrorised these innocent dogs too long. It is time for KOrea to come to their senses and STOP murdering the dogs in your country.

  12. Lilia Birleson
    Lilia BirlesonFebruary 12,21

    This has got to stop NOW and disgusting what you are allowing to happen in your Country the brutality of innocent Animals please stop this cruelty to animals NOW

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