South Korea

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2016
UK Petition to urge S.Korea to ban dog meat

WDA launched online signatures, reaching 3.8 million readings, and obtained 100,000 British signatures. In the United Kingdom, it is stipulated that the right to sign jointly by more than 100,000 people must be entered into by Parliament.

Closure of Moran Dog Meat Market

The British Parliament accepted WDA's petition reaching 100,000 signatures, and passed a resolution after four hours of debate, confirming the decision that the UK will negotiate with the South Korean government diplomatically to ban the use of dog meat.

In response, Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung announced that he had reached an agreement with the representative chamber of commerce in the Moran Market, the largest dog meat market in Korea, not to slaughter dogs on 12 December 2016.

2017
International Forum on Banning Dog Meat in Seoul

WDA held an International Forum on Banning Dog Meat in Seoul to promote South Korean congressmen to submit a motion on banning dog meat to the National Assembly. South Korean Congressman Pyo Cangwon gave a speech.

2018
Pyo to amend the Animal Protection Act

Congressman Pyo submitted to the congress to amend the Animal Protection Act, prohibiting the slaughter of dogs and cats for food, and received joint support from 200,000 people at the Blue House.

"Tori" Seoul City Hall Dog Meat Ban Event

WDA and the South Korean animal protection organization CARE held a dog meat ban conference in the Seoul City Hall. South Korean President Moon Jae-in's pet dog Tori participated in the day's event, which attracted more than 30 mainstream Korean media interviews on the spot, which caused a huge response. Peng Waiming, the representative of WDA, met with the eldest daughter of the South Korean President and handed in a petition letter for fasting dogs and cats. She forwarded the letter to President Moon Jae-in.

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South Korea’s dog meat problem has always been criticized by the international community. In 1988, Seoul hosted the Olympic Games. The government ordered all dog

South Korea Closes Biggest Dog Slaughterhouse

South Korean officials on Thursday began to dismantle the country’s largest canine slaughterhouse complex, as animal rights activists push to end the custom of eating dog meat. About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy with the greasy red meat — invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy.