Action Alert: Gimje Dog Farm, closed for suspicion of illegal slaughter, is breeding dogs again.

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3 min readFeb 28, 2024

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“Give us compensation again.” Cages are refilled with dogs. 1/11/2024. Jeonju MBC.
(“보상금 또 주세요.” 뜬장에 다시 채워진 개)

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Once again, dozens of dogs have been found packed into a suspected slaughterhouse, where over 100 dogs trapped in cages were previously rescued.
Although the City of Gimje has already paid tens of millions of won in compensation, the dog farm/slaughterhouse operation has resumed. It is expected that once the Special Law on Ending Dog Meat Consumption, passed on January 9th during the National Assembly, takes effect, compensation will be provided to the dog meat industry, leading them to collect and cage dogs once again.
Reporter Lee Ju-yeon visited the scene.

Report:
A farm located in Juksan-myeon, Gimje.
Dozens of dogs are barking from inside the long row of cages.
One or two large dogs are trapped in each of the cramped spaces.
Dogs have been collected and brought in from various places and now fill the once-empty cages where over 100 dogs were previously rescued.

Kim Yu-seok / Nearby Resident
“We started hearing the sound of dogs barking again a month or two ago. And gradually, we heard the sound of many dogs barking, and it seemed like dog farming had started again.”
The circumstances surrounding the slaughter of dogs were discovered in July 2022.
The rescue organization, Adogs, captured evidence of torches, electric shockers, and dead dogs in freezers and informed the City of Gimje, leading to the rescue operation.
Unable to find a suitable place to house them, Adogs agreed with the City of Gimje to lease the farm themselves and take care of the dogs on the site.
However, after the one-year contract period ended and the dogs were moved to another shelter, the farm owner, as if he had been waiting for the lease to end, once again filled the cages with dogs.

Lee Ju-yeon / Reporter
“There are currently over 70 dogs trapped in the cages here. Just a few months after the dogs once caged on this site were moved to the shelter due to evidence of slaughter, the farm owner brought in more dogs.”
Why did he bring in dogs again?
It’s because of the compensation offered.
While the Dog Meat Farmers Trade Association demands compensation per dog, they openly expect the bill, meant to end dog meat consumption, to pass.

Dog Farm Owner (Voice disguised)
“Maybe they’ll give us some money? (Are you expecting that?) Of course, I am. Who knows? Anyway, I still have a dog farm, so I might as well raise them.”
However, the farm owner has already received 45 million won (approximately $35,000 USD) from the City of Gimje as a “business closure compensation.”

Gimje City Official
“It’s the cost of transferring the 102 dogs we rescued. (What are the criteria?) To be honest, there are no criteria.”
However, the City of Gimje did not make any administrative sanctions or file charges for illegal slaughter, and the farm was allowed to continue operating.
Animal rights groups express concern that even if rescues are made, the cycle of bringing in more dogs may repeat.

Eom Ji-yeong / Adogs Representative
“Although they are not slaughtering here, there is a high possibility that they repeat the moving of the dogs and refill the cages with the dogs again. The City of Gimje has not actively enforced the law.”
The dogs in the cages, which have become a repeated means of making money, continue to suffer despite the passage of the law to end the consumption of dog meat.

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