South Korea Court Rules That Killing Dogs for Meat Is Illegal

PetMD Editorial
Published: June 22, 2018
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A South Korean court has made a landmark decision that deals a serious blow to the dog meat industry.

The Guardian reports, “A ruling from the city court in Bucheon on Thursday, in a case brought by the animal rights group CARE against a dog farm operator, said meat consumption was not a legal reason to kill dogs.”

The ruling is a huge win for animal rights activists. It establishes that the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, which is a big step forward in the fight to outlaw the consumption of dog meat.

Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) sees the court victory as a major success and plans to use the established precedent to combat dog farms all over South Korea. As The Guardian reports, “CARE said it would track down dog farms and slaughter houses across the country with a view to filing similar complaints against them to judicial authorities.”

Prior to this ruling, the dog meat consumption issue had not really been addressed by South Korean laws. Now, with the momentum of the decision, a bill has been introduced into parliament that would place a ban on killing dogs for meat in South Korea.

While this is exciting news for those working to put an end to the dog meat industry, there is still work to be done. A survey from last year, cited by The Guardian, showed that while 70 percent of South Koreans don’t eat dog meat, only about 40 percent believe that the practice should be completely banned.

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