Banning Dog-slaughtering Markets

Recent years show a rapid rise of pet ownership and support for animal protection organizations. Korea is known for slaughtering for cultural aspects, like the traditional soup called “boshintang”. However, after the mayor of Seongnam, Lee Jae-Myeong, announced the ban on dog-slaughtering, the actions were delayed until recently when the removal of Moran dog slaughter facilities began.

The Moran Market is one of the largest dog-slaughter markets in Korea, selling one-third of the consumed dogs (about 80,000 dogs in total). In the winter of 2016, 22 dog meat vendors have signed an agreement to the removal of dog-slaughtering markets if the government provides financial support for the transition of the market to another business.

However, seven of these vendors are now protesting, stating that 80% of their customers come to eat their dog meat and accusing the government of failing to give compensation for this loss. Furthermore, cultural significance has been taken into account as well, for using dog meat for cooking is still widely accepted as a traditional aspect by the older generation and the there people who enjoy consuming dog meat regularly.

In order for a policy to ban a widely accepted culture, it would be best if the government could provide the necessary measures requested by the harmed businesses financially. Furthermore, for the case of dog meat consumers, the government could make the chances of consumption hard to achieve and expensive for deterrence effect that could later halt the cultural portion as well.


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