Last year, two articles about the slaughter of innocent dogs and cats for food in South Korea were published here. The brutal slaughter of these precious animals still continues, and the fight to end the practice rages on. The wonderful animal advocacy organization, In Defense of Animals (IDA), has been fighting this for years. They now have a new campaign to help end this nightmare, with a new petition currently being circulated. The voices of advocates are needed to help these defenseless animals.
The horror for these animals is not just the in fact that they are killed, but the manner in which they are killed. The ancient cultural beliefs are that the more terror an animal feels, the more pain and agony he/she endures prior to death, the better the meat will taste. Beyond that, beliefs are that their bodies can be used to make health tonics, with some believing that dog meat itself will give men more virility.
The cultural beliefs about cats are as a remedy for arthritis. Cats are usually boiled in pressure cookers; many times thrown into the pots while still alive. The myth is that eating cat meat, or drinking a tonic derived from the boiled juices called goyangi soju, will help ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
Of course, none of these cultural beliefs has any scientific validity. Yet, they still have a stronghold on the mentality of those who torture and slaughter these innocent beings.
In the winter of 2011, IDA visited South Korea once again. They took a tour of three dog farms, as well as the infamous Moran Market, where cats and dogs are sold and butchered, after being purchased by customers. What they found on their visit was both sickening and heartbreaking. You can read the full report about their visit here or at the link provided at the end of the article.
The slaughter of dogs and cats is a profitable business for those who engage in this cruel industry. Residents who are unable to support their families by traditional farming methods turn instead to the dog and cat meat trade. A single dog can bring up to $300 for the farmers when they sell them to the middlemen, who then turn around and sell them to area slaughterhouses, or directly to restaurants. Some farmers do the butchering themselves, while others prefer to just sell the living dogs to these middlemen. At the markets, depending on the type of animal, they are sold either by the pound, or as individual animals.
Most citizens of South Korea do not condone, and are actually against the practice of slaughtering cats and dogs for their meat. However, thanks to corruption and greed, officials in that country turn a blind eye to the industry. The government actually saves money, since they do not have to fund shelters for animals, with all of the inherent costs associated with them.
IDA now has a new petition, asking government officials in South Korea to strengthen the South Korean Animal Protection Law, and to also create new and enforceable legislation that actually bans the practices of the sale, torture, and slaughter of dogs and cats in that country. You can access the new IDA petition here, or at the link provided at the end of the article.
The Facebook page, “Stop the dog and cat consumption in S. Korea”, contains a page in the “photos” section, with links to numerous petitions related to the issue of dog and cat meat consumption. Please take the time to visit the page, and sign all of these petitions. While there are many, the lives of millions of cats and dogs are hanging in the balance. Your voices are desperately needed to help these innocent victims.
Concerned advocates at that same Facebook page are also encouraging a boycott of South Korea, and any products originating from there. They are asking that messages be sent to Myung-Bak Lee, the President of the Republic of Korea, as well as Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, South Korean national at the United Nations. You can send your messages via the contact links provided below. Sample letters are provided at the Facebook page as well.
The video provided here is from Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), who conducted a courageous rescue of animals from a South Korean slaughterhouse back in December of 2011. No images of actual slaughter are included, but the video should be viewed with caution, as the content might be disturbing to sensitive viewers. Please be warned that the pictures provided in the slideshow are horribly graphic. While difficult to view, these images are a mere glimpse into the reality of what helpless dogs and cats endure in South Korea.
Unless and until this heinous practice is stopped completely, these innocent animals will continue to endure the agonizing torture and death that goes on every day in South Korea. Advocates must continue to speak up, speak out, and be heard, so this nightmare will finally come to an end.
One look at the pictures of the faces of those who have already endured this horror, and you will know that those still alive desperately need your help. Please be their voice.
Click here to sign the In Defense of Animals petition: “Stop the torture and consumption of dogs and cats in South Korea.”
Links for letters:
Click here to access the website for messages to President Myung-Bak Lee.
Click here to access the website for messages to the United Nations, to send a message to Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.
Links for related information:
Click here to read the In Defense of Animals reports of their winter, 2011 visit to South Korea.
Click here for the Facebook page: “Stop the dog and cat consumption in S. Korea”, to access the page for more petitions related to this issue.
Click here for the October 22, 2011 article “Petitions: Help stop Korean cat & dog meat trade”.
Click here for the December 2, 2011 article “Will the screams in South Korea ever be silenced? (New petitions)”.
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