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Great news! The largest remaining dog meat auction house in South Korea, Nakwon Auction House, has closed. Lady Freethinker reported the closure of the dog meat farm and auction house in Namyangju, following an investigation.

Mayor Cho Kwang-han inspected the illegal dog meat farm and it subsequently closed as part of a larger crackdown on illegal dog meat in the region. The dogs are safely removed from the facility. Lady Freethinker found over 200 dogs being held, many in cramped cages. 60 numbered cages were found on the facility, some with 3 or 4 dogs inside.

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“We applaud Mayor Cho for his decisive action, which sends a strong international message that dog meat farming must become a thing of the past,” said Nina Jackel, Founder and President of Lady Freethinker in an emailed statement. “Lady Freethinker’s investigation of Nakwon Auction House found terrified dogs cowering in cramped, dirty cages while workers jabbed them with metal hooks. Breeding and farming dogs for meat causes enormous and unnecessary animal suffering, as the majority of Koreans do not eat dog meat.”

According to In Defense of Animals, an estimated 2.5 million dogs are raised and killed each year for meat in South Korea. Read more about the dog meat trade in South Korea including the closing of a notorious market, dogs rescued from South Korea, how these rescue dogs found families in California, and an investigation inside the dog meat trade.

Sign this petition to end the dog meat trade in South Korea!

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