Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Gyeongsangnam-do Governor Kim Kyeong-Su

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 Gyeongsangnam-do, 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: South Korea’s horrific dog slaughter. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE)

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Gyeongsangnam-do’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: 1,007 Health Food Shops; and 255 dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Gyeongsangnam-do.

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 Gyeongsangnam-do 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 emails to the Gyeongsangnam-do Council members:
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  • Send letters:
    Governor Kim Kyeong-Su
    Gyeongsangnam-do Province
    300 Joongang-daero, Uichang-gu, Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Postal Code 51154
    South Korea

    Governor’s address in Korean:
    김경수 도지사님
    (51154) 경상남도 창원시 의창구 중앙대로 300
    South Korea

    Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial Council
    290 Sangnam-ro, Uichang-gu, Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Postal Code 51139
    South Korea

    Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial Council’s address in Korean:
    (51139) 경상남도 창원시 의창구 상남로 290
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook pages:
    Gyeongsangnam-do Government
    Gyeongsangnam-do Governor Kim Kyoung-Soo
    Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial Council
    Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial Council Chairwoman

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

    Suggested message

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

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

    Dear Governor Kim Kyeong-Su and the Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial 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 province. 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 province’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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    [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]_opensky86 Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

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  1. sonna hosta
    sonna hostaDecember 28,18

    These inhumane meat farms must stop! What kind of country does this? VERY uncivilized!!

  2. Debbie Tong
    Debbie TongDecember 28,18

    The illegal dog meat trade in South Korea is a tragedy for innocent animal who are truly men and women’s friends and loyal protectors. There are many ways to eat protein that do not involve torture and pain for sentient beings. This use of dogs is a terrible situation that must be protested by caring people. For without humans to protect them, the dogs do not have a chance to be treated with respect and will continue to be treated like objects This is morally wrong and what goes around will come around .

  3. Rosemarie Purdy
    Rosemarie PurdyDecember 28,18

    I am writing to you as your beautiful country has a long history of culture – which is respected throughout the world. The traditional of breeding animals particularly ‘ Cats & Dogs ‘ isn’t necessary in these times because alternative food is plentyful and more varied. The conditions that the animals are breed in and looked after is barbaric and cruel, the animals suffer horrific deaths. They are living creatures too , just like you and me . If you want your country to once again be remembered for its history and not its brutality then the practice of eating ‘ Cats and Dogs ‘ must stop. My families and friends enjoy travelling but will continue to boycott your country until something is done.

  4. eileen daly
    eileen dalyDecember 28,18

    4I despise the horrendis discusting ways that they torture and slaughter animals. These poor dogs and cats beautiful caring loving animals who suffer such horrendis pain and suffering. This has to STOP NOW!!!

  5. Isabelle
    IsabelleDecember 28,18

    This is why I would never buy a Korean made vehicle or anything made in Korea, until they change this.

    DANIEL KALDERONDecember 28,18


  7. Thomas Schröder
    Thomas SchröderMay 17,19

    Stop the slaughtering of dogs and cats. what kind of civilisation are you ?

  8. Dana Orságová
    Dana OrságováJuly 23,20

    save all dogs and cats, stop the abuse and murder, help them please !!!

  9. Veronika Meyer-Zietz
    Veronika Meyer-ZietzJuly 25,20

    Dogs are our bestt friends. Stop abuse and murder. Kepp them lieke a friend and family member. Dont eat doggmeat.

  10. Alessandra Trois
    Alessandra TroisAugust 8,20

    Fermare questa mattanza deve essere un dovere delle istituzioni, questa è civiltà

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