The increasing number of Koreans raising pets has resulted in concerns about how to manage the disposal of deceased animals.

According to a survey by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 25 percent of Koreans owned a pet as of 2022. And a separate survey conducted by the Korea Consumer Agency last year showed that four out of 10 respondents buried their pets. However, burying pets on apartment grounds or nearby hills is illegal and can result in a fine of up to 1 million won ($722).

There are three ways of disposing of dead pets in Korea.

One option is for veterinary clinics to dispose of the animal along with other medical waste if the pet dies there. If the pet dies at home, owners can legally dispose of 커뮤니티 the remains in trash bags although this is often emotionally difficult for them. The third option is to use a private incineration facility, also known as a “pet funeral facility.”

Lee Jin-hong, a professor of smart animal health convergence at Konkuk University Global Campus in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, said people are reluctant to use cremation services due to their remote locations. There are 75 cremation facilities for pets across the country, while Seoul has none.

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