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

Yesan Mayor Hwang Seon-Bong

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 Yesan, 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 Yesan’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: 132 Health Food Shops; and 50 dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Yesan.

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 Yesan 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 Yesan County Council members:
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  • Send letters:
    Mayor Hwang Seon-Bong
    Yesan County
    22 Guncheong-ro, Yesan-eup, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
    Postal Code 32435
    South Korea

    Mayor’s address in Korean:
    황선봉 예산군수님
    (32435) 충청남도 예산군 예산읍 군청로 22
    South Korea

    Yesan County Council
    22 Guncheong-ro, Yesan-eup, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
    Postal Code 32435
    South Korea

    Yesan County Council’s address in Korean:
    (32435) 충청남도 예산군 예산읍 군청로 22
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook pages:
    Yesan Mayor
    Chungcheongnam-do Government
    Chungcheongnam-do Governor
    Chungcheongnam-Do Council

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

    Suggested message

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

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

    Dear Mayor Hwang Seon-Bong and the Yesan County 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. George Kerasiotis
    George KerasiotisNovember 29,18

    Please stop this barbaric treatment of dogs and other animals.

  2. Ewa Perczak
    Ewa PerczakAugust 16,20

    it’s time to change ! SKorea is a barbaric country ! known around the world as the FIRST DOG EATEN NATION !! how can they manage this ? horrendous and awful ! I boycot all stuff with SKorean label !!

  3. Carmen Amaral
    Carmen AmaralAugust 16,20

    I also boycott all product from Asia I also put that in all of my comments hopefully God willing will have more boycotting China and Asia I just wanted to thank you

  4. Susan
    SusanAugust 16,20

    Please stop this awful treatment to animals

  5. Chang Leanhock
    Chang LeanhockAugust 16,20

    S Korea government should ban these cruelty. Stop killing dogs! We been complaining for shutting down all these dog farms but hopefully your government should done the part and ban all dog farm in S Korea!

  6. Hermine Willey
    Hermine WilleyAugust 17,20

    Dogs have served mankind since the dawn of time. South Korea has to forbid these slaughter and torture of dogs for meat. This heinous activity is destroying your country along with it people and culture.

  7. Dana Orságová
    Dana OrságováAugust 17,20

    please help!! help all the dogs and cats, save them from abuse and death !! Help !!

  8. Ellen Ritsos
    Ellen RitsosAugust 17,20

    Colleagues, family and friends are outraged and boycotting all travel finding out about these atrocities. It is beyond our comprehension that the leadership permits these acts of pure torture to go on and even encourages it. We will no longer be traveling or purchasing any products made in your country.

  9. Karen Gilloon
    Karen GilloonAugust 17,20

    This is is so cruel and barbaric to kill animals that should be pets!

    ANDREE COURANDAugust 17,20

    je ne peux dire toute la haine que je ressens à l’égard de ces êtres qui ne sont pas humains car depuis tellement d’années que cela dure rien n’est fait. Je boycotte tous les produits qui viennent de chine, du viet nam, de la coree du sud et d’autres avec regret car certanes personnes de ces pays luttent contre ces pratiques ignobles

  11. lynn watson
    lynn watsonAugust 17,20

    Disgusting country and disgusting people who do this to cats and dogs . Can not watch the video

  12. Anne Marsh
    Anne MarshAugust 21,20

    I did watch the video and it is heartbreaking….. These ‘people’ are NOT human – to torture dogs and cats in this way – they are some kind of sub-species!

  13. Adeline Wong
    Adeline WongFebruary 24,21

    Signed petition on and filed petition on E-People.

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