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Historic milestone: South Korea bans dog meat industry and paves the way for a more compassionate future

Updated: Jan 17

We are thrilled to share a momentous development from South Korea, bringing you good and historical news. The significant announcement revolves around the ban on dog meat consumption, marking a pivotal moment in the country's history.

The Ban and Its Phased Implementation:

As of January 9, 2024, South Korea has officially banned dog meat consumption, accompanied by a three-year phase-out period. This crucial step is aimed at putting an end to the annual factory farming and killing of up to 1 million dogs for human consumption.

The jindo dog of South Korea looking out over a door, supporting the historical Ban of Dog Meat

National Assembly's Historic Decision:

On that historic day, the South Korean National Assembly voted through a comprehensive ban on the dog meat industry, reflecting substantial public and political support. The ban addresses the diminishing demand for dog meat, attributed in part to the over 6 million pet dogs residing in Korean homes.

Public Opinion and Support:

A 2023 Nielsen Korea opinion poll highlights a significant shift in public sentiment, with 86% of South Koreans expressing their refusal to consume dog meat in the future, and 57% actively supporting the ban.

Legislation and Penalties:

The ban comes into full force in six months, with a three-year phase-out, making the breeding, slaughter, and sale of dogs and dog meat for human consumption illegal from 2027. The legislation includes strict penalties, such as up to two years of imprisonment or a fine of up to 20 million KRW for the breeding and sale of dogs for consumption. Slaughter of dogs for human consumption carries penalties of up to three years of imprisonment or a fine of up to 30 million KRW.

Compensation and Support:

Dog farmers, slaughterers, and restaurant owners affected by the ban are eligible to apply for compensation. The government will review these applications and provide support to facilitate the transition or closure of these businesses.

Take Action:

If you share our commitment to making a lasting impact and supporting this cause, head over to the "Take Action" section on our website. Your involvement can contribute to creating a more compassionate and humane future for both animals and communities.


This historic ban on the dog meat industry in South Korea represents a significant step toward fostering compassion and understanding. Together, we can continue to make a positive impact and shape a better future for animals and society.

Facts from: Human Society International Europe


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