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"You wake up one morning and your beloved pet is gone, you search back and forth all over the place but he is no where to be found, no matter how long you search you know deep down in your heart that you will never see him again.

 

This isn’t the usual scenario as in Australia, you cant just walk up the road and find him scavenging in someone else’s back yard, you cant just wait and expect him to turn up in an hour or so, you cant just call in to the pound and pick him up from there, no- your dog has been stolen and is being sent to one of the 6,484 restaurants and dog meat markets around Korea.

 

This is not a horror story; this is the grim reality for over two million innocent, helpless dogs in Korea every year. When your dog has been fattened up, he will be shoved into a large wire crate stuffed full of hundreds of other dogs, piled one on top of the other with no room whatsoever to move. These crates are loaded onto large trucks and driven thousands of kilometers in the sweltering summer heat; they are not given any food or water. Once they have reached the destination, the cages are carelessly pushed from atop the trucks further injuring many of the dogs in the process- but the worst is still to come.

 

As the your dog remains in the cage, customers arrive to inspect the dogs, when your dog is chosen, a rope is tied around its neck and it is dragged from the cage. If he is lucky he will be dispatched with a quick blow to the head with a hammer or even electrocuted, although it is much more likely that he will be strangled, beaten to death, blow torched or hung- or even a combination of the four.

 

Cats are more often pounded on the ground in sacks or boiled alive. When the animal is dead it is placed in a spinner of boiling water, just like a washing machine to remove its fur, it is then disemboweled, browned with a blowtorch and hacked into pieces. Flies are everywhere and filthy, bloody wastewater trickles down public drains and through the cages of live animals that watch and wait their turn.

 

So why is this happening? Surely anyone could see this is a completely cruel, and not to mention unhygienic practice.

 

Koreans argue that eating dog meat is a matter of cultural pride, stemming from a centuries old tradition. In truth the “habit” of eating dog meat isn’t based on any deeply rooted tradition. It began during world war two due to widespread poverty. Now however, greedy unscrupulous dog meat traders have propagated the myth that dog meat increases male sexual ability and overall health, cat meat is used as a cure for arthritis. It is believed that the longer, slower and more painful the animals death, the more potent and tender the flesh will be. This is a fallacy. Doctors and health officials have stated that these supposed health benefits are simply dangerous superstitions, there are cheaper herbal alternatives readily available readily available which are proven much more effective.

 

Every year over two million dogs are killed in Korea alone. In peak season- on summer “bok” days or “dog” days, throughout June, July, and August, thousands of dogs are killed daily. Of these dogs, it is estimated that’s 30% are stolen from loving families, many are homeless strays captured by butchers and the rest are bred and raised in massive dog farms which are currently spreading like cancer throughout the Korean country side, these facilities in themselves are an issue concerning the welfare of dogs which live in putrid tiny cages, they receive minimal food and water and no exercise or socialization whatsoever.

 

Official figures indicate that there are at least 6,484 stores, including restaurants and markets nation wide dealing in this horrific trade. The practice mainly occurs in South Korea, but is also common in China, Taiwan and the Philippines.

 

So, why don’t they just ban this sadistic trade? Well guess what? It already is banned! The Korean government was placed under such immense pressure by foreign animal rights activists prior to the 1988 Seoul Olympic games that they were forced to make it illegal. However trade continues and appears to be growing. So why aren’t these abusive murderers thrown into jail? Why does the government let them get away with this savagery? Authorities have turned a blind eye. Dealers bribe government officials and police and hire thugs to intimidate animal welfare campaigners and media.

 

Surprisingly only 10% of Koreans consume dog meat on a regular basis, this may seem like a small and insignificant figure, although out of 47, 000,000 people, that is in excess of 3, 000, 000 people regularly contributing to this brutality. These barbaric people use the meat to make “bosintang”, or “gae-jang-gook”, meaning “dog meat soup”, or “soup for health.” Cats are prepared in high pressure cookers with dates, herbs and chestnuts to create an elixir called “kaesoju” or “liquid cat.” As mentioned before these supposed health tonics are simply myths created by ignorant death dealers trying to make money.

 

Luckily, the majority of Koreans oppose this revolting habit. International Aid for Korean Animals, and the Korean Animal Protection Society are animal aid organizations organized by Koreans, dedicated to ending the illegal and unnecessary torture, slaughter and consumption of millions of helpless dogs and cats each year. International animal rights organizations such as World Society for the Protection Against Animal cruelty, and Animals in Asia are rallying against the Korean government to actually enforce its existing laws."

 

Courteosy of research by gargleblaster on veganfreak

 

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I'm glad you posted this CG. I hope more people get involved in any way they can to let these governments and government officials know that looking the other way is completely unacceptable. Enforce your laws !!! (The scorpio part of me hopes those that have partaken in any of this process get to experience what they've put these innocents through. )

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