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KARA: We will shut down the decades-old illegal dog meat market in Mungyeong!

Sharing for Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA).

[Update: October 4, 2020]KARA is filing complaints against anyone who hosted the illegal Mungyeong animal market, as well as everyone who participated in the transaction involving serious animal abuse.

For decades, illegal transactions of animals, including dogs and goats, have been held regularly at a vacant lot along the Mungyeong National Road. The market was held very early in the morning to avoid being seen by too many people. A ‘No More Illegal Market’ banner from the Mungyeong local government was hanging but the market was never shut down.
KARA went to Mungyeong for several days to conduct a field investigation. Like the market that opens every five days in Korea, this market was held 12 to 13 times a month. Trucks full of animals, and empty trucks there to buy those animals, began to gather at about 5 a.m.

The trading started when 20 – 30 trucks filled the vacant lot. Those who got out of their vehicles gathered and exchanged cash bundles, then grabbed the dogs by their necks and crumpled them into wire mesh cages already filled with other dogs. On one side of the lot, traders used tools to transfer the cage with black goats from one vehicle to another. The early morning air was filled with the groans of animals in pain.

This illegal market appears to have been opened decades ago. A local informant filed a complaint with the local government of Mungyeong City, but the reply recently received stated, “Since it involves the matter of earning a living for some people, we’ll shut down the market in Mungyeong area after this December.”

City of Mungyeong did nothing for decades and acted only after the complaint had been filed. Even after confirming the illegal transaction, they provided it a groundless grace period and continued to tolerate the illegal animal abuse.
The animal trade market allowed by law can only be opened when qualified individuals register with local governments as specific facilities such as disinfection or quarantine facilities. Not only is the opening of the market illegal, it is also illegal to participate in trading activities.

The market in Mungyeong is illegal. It is not registered with local governments nor do they have proper facilities. The trade is made secretly, leading to other illegal acts, since no one is tracking how the animals are treated or where they’re being taken. As the media report revealed in a merchant interview, dogs at the scene were being traded for meat purposes, with traders admitting that the dogs’ final destination was an illegal slaughterhouse.

There is a high possibility that lost or abandoned dogs are also being traded illegally. In fact, KARA tracked down a truck containing abandoned dogs, and encountered another illegal scene where dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pets and chickens were being illegally sold outdoors.

Meanwhile, after Mungyeong’s illegal market ended, all kinds of filth were being crushed beneath the wheels of the trucks and left behind in the vacant lot. Another big problem is that the unauthorized trade of unknown animals can become a pest control issue, which can break down the national quarantine system.

KARA is filing complaints against anyone who hosted the illegal Mungyeong animal market, as well as everyone who participated in the transaction involving serious animal abuse. We hope this will speed up the end of the dog meat industry in the Republic of Korea.

Please help bring awareness of our fight against the illegal animal trade industry so we can arrest and severely punish the animal abusers.

Video: Illegal dog meat market in Mungyeong. [바로간다] 단속 현수막 아래 버젓이 ‘불법 개시장’ (2020.09.29/뉴스데스크/MBC)


This video was reported through MBC, and you will see the actual scenes from the dog meat market in Mungyeong, South Korea, at about one minute into the video.

While undercover, KARA collected information and monitored the illegal dog meat market, a site rampant with animal abuse, and co-reported with MBC.

Despite the lack of legal grounds for the trade and slaughter of dogs, illegal dog sales were secretly being held in Mungyeong in the early morning hours.

There is a heart-wrenching scene where 20 to 30 trucks carried and traded animals, including dogs. The trucks were packed with dogs, crushed together in wire mesh enclosures. The merchant roughly lifted the dogs by their necks. The dog market, which is said to have been on-going for decades, has not yet been shut down due to the neglect of the city of Mungyeong.

The dogs traded at the market appear to be destined to go to the final consumers, including dog slaughterhouses and Boshintang (“dog meat” soup) restaurants. KARA will file charges against everyone who had hosted the illegal market and those who participated in the clandestine and illegal trade of dogs. We will update more on the dog meat market of Mungyeong soon.

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  1. ^Marie Meyers
    ^Marie MeyersOctober 2,20

    Please stop this barbecic horror. Dogs are our gift from GOD

  2. Susanne Petersson
    Susanne PeterssonOctober 3,20

    Has lost the respect of you who are so sick of torturing
    and abusing an innocent animal!

  3. krystyna
    krystynaOctober 3,20

    Te Te obrazy czy filmy serce rozrywają;i proszą o pomstę do Boga

  4. Karlijn Wevers
    Karlijn WeversOctober 3,20

    Please stop this horrific torture of innocent animals!!!

  5. Anna Poggesi
    Anna PoggesiOctober 3,20

    Go VEGAN , earth !!

  6. Jennifer Bates
    Jennifer BatesOctober 3,20

    Please stop this horrific trade and the suffering of these beautiful animals in the name of god

  7. Melanie Maibaum
    Melanie MaibaumOctober 3,20

    Bitte,helft diesen armen Seelen.Niemamd hat das Recht diese Tiere so zuquälen 😡😭

  8. Anna Eriksson
    Anna ErikssonOctober 3,20

    I think these horrific torture its barbarric and cruel. You must end these dog and cat meat trade and markets. Please show us compession and close down!!

  9. Schwaneke
    SchwanekeOctober 3,20

    OMG mir blutet das herz wenn ich soetwas sehe wie können Menschen nur so grausam und herzlos sein.

  10. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    PLEASE STOP THIS TORTURE, SUFFERING, PAIN AND SLAUGHTER!! NIGHTMARE 😢💔😢

  11. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    STOP TORTURE, SUFFERING, PAIN AND SLAUGHTER NOW!!!💔😢💔NIGHTMARE😡😡😡

  12. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    STOP TORTURE, SUFFERING, PAIN AND SLAUGHTER FOR DOGS NOW!!!! NIGHTMARE AND HEARTBREAKING 💔💔💔💔

  13. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    STOP THUS NIGHTMARE FOR DOGS NOW 😢😢😢 HEARTBREAKING 💔💔💔

  14. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    STOP THIS NIGHTMARE FOR DOGS NOW, HEARTBREAKING!!!

  15. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    STOP THIS NIGHTMARE FOR DOGS, HEARTBREAKING!!!

  16. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    STOP THIS NIGHTMARE FOR DOGS, HEARTBREAKING!!!!

  17. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    STOP THIS NIGHTMARE, HEARTBREAKING NOW!!!!

  18. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    STOP THIS NIGHTMARE FOR DOG NOW!!!!

  19. Berit Lönnvik
    Berit LönnvikOctober 3,20

    PLEASE STOP THIS NIGHTMARE FOR DOGS NOW!!!#

  20. Patricia Mc kenna
    Patricia Mc kennaOctober 3,20

    Please Please STOP THIS dog’s are beautiful sentient being’s. They love us no matter what. I Beg YOU dog’s help us humans if we are blind to get us out & about so that we can become independent.protect us from being harmed or stop anyone robbing us plus they love us no matter what.

  21. Tony and Cindy Guarnieri
    Tony and Cindy GuarnieriOctober 3,20

    THIS DISGUSTING, SICKENING, CRUEL AND HORRIFYING BARBARIC CRUELTY MUST END. THESE ARE LIVING FEELING BEINGS. THEY ARE SENTIENT BEINGS. THEY FEEL PAIN, SUFFERING AND TRAUMA JUST LIKE HUMANS DO. THESE PEOPLE ARE DESPICABLE, HEARTLESS AND IGNORANT. THEY HAVE NO HEARTS AND NO SOULS.

  22. Claudia Jane Miller
    Claudia Jane MillerOctober 3,20

    Please help us I have inform the European commission people about this plus i have told the animals protected society people who are taking this to the g20 summit people’s so it all in hands I have made up the case so please just get sponsor people to get an petitions together please this will come to end the meeting is this November so Time thank you

  23. Cecilia Johansson
    Cecilia JohanssonOctober 4,20

    This is Hell on Earth. How is it even possible that this keep going on?

  24. Lisa berg
    Lisa bergOctober 4,20

    This sickening abuse must end

  25. Mai-Britt Olsen
    Mai-Britt OlsenOctober 4,20

    Shame on you!
    How can something like this still happen?! Aren’t you going to put a stop to this, such a vile and evil way to treat dogs should be banned and punished by law by now! Shame on you. Dogs are friends NOT food. No living being should be treated this way. We need to stop trade with countries who condone acts like this. And we need to help these poor dogs…my heart bleeds for them.

  26. steve Parnell
    steve ParnellOctober 4,20

    You evil bastards when is this illegal killing of our loved pets going to cease . Go to hell the lot of you!

  27. Jill
    JillOctober 5,20

    Horrific!! Makes me feel sick!

  28. H philipchuck
    H philipchuckOctober 6,20

    You are evil and vile people! There is a special place in Hell for you. Sick and disgusting

  29. Jim Taylor
    Jim TaylorOctober 6,20

    This is the evil work of very primitive people who are not fit to enjoy modern technology that has been handed to them on a plate by the west. It is time these horrible people were taught the true way of respecting all life. They are probably Buddhists by the look of them and if so should be ashamed of this cruel action against fellow creatures. Whatever their beliefs toyards any spiritual movement they should be in hell for perpetruity.

  30. Jon Clarke
    Jon ClarkeOctober 6,20

    Stop this horrific treatment of dogs or any animals come to that now!! What is wrong with you people? I think the People who do this deserve to have the same treatment done to them then they will know how it feels! It makes me sick and so friggen angry! Why are you people so uncaring about the suffering you allow to go on? Stop it now!!!

  31. Alexandra De Vries
    Alexandra De VriesOctober 6,20

    Please stop this cruelty

  32. Kimberly Stiles
    Kimberly StilesOctober 6,20

    It’s pure evil!! What is wrong with these sick evil people to do this to innocent animals!!
    STOP this now!!

  33. Donalda Greer
    Donalda GreerOctober 6,20

    These evil doers need to be meaningfully punished. Huge fines, jail time, etc., etc., are the only answers. Not only are they causing unfathomable torture for these poor creatures, they are creating yet another perfect storm for a deadly pandemic. Repeat offenders should be disposed just like the animals they sell or kill for meat. When will they ever learn and when will we force them to stop them to stop endangering pour lives and livelihoods. Enough is enough!!!!!

  34. WAU Usahanun
    WAU UsahanunOctober 6,20

    What kind of barbarism is going on there – this IS NOT LONGER TO TAKE!
    THE DEVIL SHOULD TAKE  ALL   RESPONSIBLE   PERSONS  AWAY   –  ONCE  FOR ALL !
    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. KICK THEM ALL OUT OF THEIR PROFESSION AND SUSPEND THEM OF ALL HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS – THEY ARE JUST BARBARIC SCUM AND DO NOT DESERVES TO LIVE WITHIN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES!

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