Annual Report 2022: Watchdog’s activities of shutting down dog farms

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Of the 218 cases, 37 dog meat farms have been completely shut down, 6 have been partially closed, and 51 were given administrative orders and are going through proper procedures for a shutdown. 124 farms are still undergoing investigations(as of 1/20/2023). The number of dog meat restaurants we had damaged under the campaign “Attack on the signs of dog meat restaurants” is not included in these numbers.

Watchdog is an organization dedicated to shutting down dog meat farms. We primarily focus on eliminating dog meat farms only. Auction houses and slaughterhouses can be rebuilt easily and quickly, even after being shut down. Whereas, we can eliminate opportunities and possibilities of recurrence of dog meat farms by the same owner once it is destroyed: shutdowns are always complete and thorough.

Watchdog tries our best to find the most humane ways for dogs after the shutdown. We endeavor to ban animals from their owners or make the owners surrender their ownership of the dogs. We occasionally rescue some of them via CARE and Dogdream and try our best to send them abroad for adoption.

Last summer, Watchdog launched a campaign called “Attack on the signs on dog meat restaurants,” which induced a civil petition for changing/removing the signs on dog meat restaurants. This campaign aimed to encourage participation from the public and for them to experience the process of shutting down the dog meat industry in an easy and accessible way. The complete closure of dog meat restaurants is impossible under the current Korean legal system; however, other activities such as the above are designed and intended to cause financial loss and inconvenience for businesses that support dog meat.

There has also been bad news. Recently, Kang Young-gyo, one of Watchdog’s Project Managers, was brought to trial due to the scuffle he had with a dog meat farmer. Park So-yeon, a Watchdog’s Project Manager and the former Executive Director of CARE, is currently facing a trial and is charged with multiple counts of a crime for all her attempts to save dogs in the last 4 years. Many of these charges were filed by the Dog Meat Farmer’s Trade Association; their machinations aim to constrict Watchdog’s activities, so they can continue their business with no holds barred. Despite the distressing ordeal, we must go through without those two, Watchdog will harden our resolve to shut down dog meat farms and ultimately undermine the whole industry.

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We are a group of volunteer campaigners who are opposed to dog and cat consumption in South Korea.