SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – It is estimated that there are approximately 17,000 dog farms breeding a total of two million dogs for meat in Korea.
According to lawmaker Sim Sang-jeung of the minor opposition Justice Party, there are a total of 17,059 dog farms in Korea. She compiled the figures using data from the Ministry of Environment on the statistics of dog farms and their breeding facilities.
The majority of the dog farms are located in North Chungcheong Province, with 10,593 farms, followed by South Jeolla (3,261), Gyeonggi (988), North Gyeongsang (727), South Chungcheong (484) and North Jeolla (339) provinces. Among metropolitan cities, Incheon topped the list with 190 farms.
The lawmaker estimated that approximately two million dogs are being raised at the farms. A dog farm in North Gyeongsang Province has more than 1,500 dogs, hinting that dogs are bred in factory farms.
Sim said, “Most of the dogs are bred for dog meat. The government should take action to prepare a comprehensive management system considering infectious diseases, food safety and others.”
By M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)