Today, in violation of the Korean Animals Protection Act, two million dogs are raised or trapped for human consumption. Approximately 30% of these dogs are or were family pets, sharing their lives with humans they loved and trusted.
Many people have the impression that dog consumption is a traditional Korean food, this is anything but true. Up until the last 600 years Koreans were mostly Buddhist and living under the Koryo dynasty. The people were encouraged to eat a meat free diets.
When this dynasty came to an end a new country was formed, Korea. Though taking its name from the now defunct dynasty a new belief system and lifestyle began. In the last few hundred years there was a few people that did eat dog though it is was never a cultural habit.
About 50 years ago poverty was severe in South Korea. At this time the extremely impoverished people, did begin to consume dogs. This was not a normal eating habit.
Twenty-five years ago a new trend began to take shape the dog meat industry began to flourish. How did this happen?
Certainly not because of hunger, but due to a false belief system that by consuming the meat of a TORTURED DOG a man may increase his sexual virility. This caused dog flesh to became especially popular and a status symbol among the wealthy. Believing the adrenaline in the tissues of the tortured, slain canine would somehow exert profound effects upon their manhood their demand for this meat grew.
This belief has provided great financial opportunities for dog meat dealers. With millions of dollars to be made, illegal dog farms abound. The government looks the other way while these innocent, trusting creatures are brutalized.
Dogs are usually raised on illegal, rural dog farms, but any dog is actually fair game. Stray and abandoned dogs don't last long in Korea. The dogs are kept in squalor, they are crammed in wire cages too small for even one dog to be comfortable. The situation is unbearable for these trusting animals. They become dehydrated from lack of proper food and water. They are forced to live in their own wastes and have no protection from extreme weather.
These dogs are exceptionally vulnerable to diseases, especially distemper and are quickly sold to markets or consumers before they appear ill. Because of this, the usual age of slaughter is between eighth months and a one year.
When the dogs are of age they are transported to large open markets. The Hyundai, with its spaciousness, is a favorite vehicle of transportation, accommodating the large cages crammed with dogs. The dogs can be seen piled on top of one another as they travel toward their doom.
They usually go to one of the three largest market places, The Chilsung Market in Taegu City, the Gupo Market in Pusan City, and the Moran Market in Sungnam City. Dogs are also sold in other smaller market places throughout Korea. They can also be found behind restaurants, alive and crammed into small cages, waiting their turn to be tortured and slaughtered.
In the larger markets the dogs are transferred from the vehicles to large cages that can hold up to 800 terrified and confused animals. Most of the dogs in the market place closely resemble each other as they are descendants of generations of interbreeding. Through all of this many of the dogs, once family pets, remain docile and hopeful, wagging their tales when approached by humans.
The market place is a cramped area filled with dogs. Cars are parked in random fashion and people can be seen walking about selecting their dog.
Once a person makes his selection the dog is dragged by a noose around its neck from its cage and purposely tortured until it is allowed to die.
The dog, chosen for sale and slaughter, may be hung, beaten with pipes or hammers and strangled repeatedly. During this atrocity, the dogs my be heard yelping, screaming and howling in agony as they struggle against their captors.
When the dog is assumed dead, it is shocked with an "electric stick". Remember, difficult as this is to read, this form of violent killing, according to the Koreans, is necessary to both tenderize the flesh and improve its aphrodisiacal properties. The more the dog suffers, the more flavorful and beneficial the meat is thought to be, the more adrenaline. The Korean consumer demands this form of slaughter less the meats affect are nil.
The dog is then taken inside a building where it is placed inside a vat of boiling water. Finally it is removed and butchered according to the buyers discretion.
There, now, is the tragic story of a dogs' plight in Korea, but what about the cats?
The cat fares no better in South Korea. They are not considered good pets and the few people that do attempt to have a cat in their home find it difficult. There is virtually no cat food or kitty litter to be had. There are very few vets that treat cats. Cats are thought to be a filthy, dangerous to a Korean's health, and a threat to their well being.
Cats are best served by Koreans as an elixir usually called Liquid Cat or "cat juice."
To accommodate the customers, the dealer will place cats in a large sack and in what seems to be the tradition, beat them to death. This is done either with a blunt object or just slamming the sack upon the ground, preferably a concrete surface.
The cats, some still alive, are then placed in large pots of boiling water, dates, ginger and chestnuts are added and the final liquefied results are believed to cure rheumatism and neuralgia.
Source: Animals' Voice, Volume 7, Number 2 Laura Moretti
Source: Jon Bearscove
Source: Kyenan Kum
Source: anonymous Korean citizens .
Dog Hung & Tortured In South Korea
Dog Hung & Tortured In South Korea
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