People who have been working for years toward a better future for animals in the country are heartbroken by the move.
"This is ridiculous considering there is virtually no rescue culture here and the shelters, already underfunded and managed, and stuffed full," Shannon Milojkovic, who lives in South Korea and volunteers at animal shelters, told The Dodo. "Public shelters allow 10 days to each animal to be adopted before being euthanized. Animals surrendered by their owners are euthanized the same day."
"We really thought that puppy mills would be banned," AJ Garcia, president of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), told The Korea Observer. "If not banned, there would be a lot more regulation. That's what we were led to believe."
Garcia was hoping to use the animal-loving momentum to then tackle Korea's dog meat industry - and that dream has been shattered. "Everyone's just as upset," Garcia said.
The move comes after a Korea Observer investigation showed the terrible squalor of these places where dogs are bred over and over so people can sell their babies.