An undercover report has shown hundreds of dogs sold for meat in a matter of hours in a large scale auction in South Korea.
The investigation by animal activist organisation Lady Freethinker at the Nakwon Auction House in Namyangju has shown the hundreds of dogs panting in cages as they’re auctioned off for meat.
It was claimed more than 200 dogs were sold within hours, during the yearly Boknal or “dog day” festival. This is the hottest three days of the year — when dog soup has traditionally been consumed in the country. The tradition is losing its popularity, according to The Seoul Times.
The dogs were displayed in metal crates and cages and yelped while being prodded with a metal rod by the auctioneer. The buyers were looking for “smaller dogs for consumption” and bought larger dogs to use for breeding “the next generation of innocent pups tormented and slaughtered for the cruel meat trade”, according to the report.
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In South Korea, major dog meat auction houses have mostly closed and Nakwon is believed to be the largest remaining of its kind. The auction house is in a residential area, and advertises itself as a dog breeding facility.
South Korea is one of the last countries in the world with large-scale dog meat farms. In the country, consumer’s demand is declining.
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“It’s shocking to see these large-scale dog meat auctions still taking place,” Nina Jackal, journalist and founder of Lady Freethinker said.
“Dogs suffer immensely in inhumane conditions as they’re raised for meat and when they’re slaughtered.
“The majority of Koreans do not eat dog meat, and we urge the South Korean government to end this cruel and outdated trade for good.”
A petition calling for the auction house to be closed down has been signed by more than 27,000 people.