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Animals In Print
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3 June 2001 Special Issue

"There's A Dog In The Stew!"



nl-3jun2001-dog_main.jpg (12714 bytes)Animals In Print is bringing you this special issue, "There's A Dog In The Stew", to inform you of the horrific situation which is now taking place in South Korea.

Today I have dedicated this issue to reaffirming our dedication in assisting Kyenan Kum and her sister in ending this horror. She has been unrelenting in her dedication to end this practice. Called a traitor by her country, she has stood firm in exposing the plights of these animals, the domestic dog and cat.

A few months ago she received an award for her work and the film documentary that depicted the Korean practice of torturing and consuming these animals and it was televised.  She has come a long way from the grass root movements of 1998 to front stage.  She is now recognized as a power to be rendered with and has attracted many supporters.  Once a demure, quiet woman saving animals as she could in her home country, she is now a wonderful beacon of hope for all that still suffer.

Please read the following article and join her in her final year of battle.

NOTE: At the end of my article I will provide links and a petition and suggestions on how you can help.

"By rallying together to protest these abuses, we have been able to make effective change.  Through international protests the Korean government passed the Animal Protection Law in 1991.  If we show our support of the companion animals of Korea, we can expect effective amendments to the existing Law and the end to the torture, slaughter, and consumption of dogs and cats in Korea"

Animals In Print Presents

"There's A Dog In The Stew!"


nl-3jun2001-dog_p1.jpg (25751 bytes)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?

nl-3jun2001-dog_p4.jpg (24408 bytes)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

I have in my possession an underground video taken I in South Korea, as follows is a poem I wrote, it concerns what I saw in the beginning of the video

by: [email protected]

From Animals in Print

...the white dog.
...the white dog hanging,
...the white dog hanging from a tree.
...strangled by a man,
...strangled by a man he knew as his LEADER.
...the man,
...the man, the LEADER of the dog,
...strangles him slowly.
...he loosens his hold of the rope,
...the rope that secures the noose around the neck of the white dog.
...the white dog,
...the white dog hanging from the tree,
...gasps for air.
...the white dog hanging from the tree, gasping for air, grabs for a branch!

...the white dog fails.
... the white dog is hanging from the tree.
...the LEADER of the dog secures the rope,
...the LEADER of the dog secures the rope and walks toward the white dog.

...the white dog is hanging from the tree.
...the white dog grabs again for a branch!
...the leader of the dog, the white dog hanging from the tree,
...picks up a brick
...the Leader of the white dog picks up a brick and slams it into the white dog's head!

...the white dog screams!
...pain, terror, confusion, PAIN, TERROR, CONFUSION!!

...these are the reactions of the white dog,
...the white dog hanging from the tree.
...the white dog hanging from the tree no longer has a left eye!
...the white dog hanging from the tree has a fractured skull and missing teeth!

...the brick with its
newly acquired bloody eye,
...the brick watches. the white dog hanging from the tree.
...the leader
...the leader of the dog tightens the noose,
...tightens the noose on the white dog with no left eye, fractured skull and missing

...the white dog hanging from the tree is strangling,
...ears of the dog hear only rushing heartbeats.
...inside the fractured skull of the white dog hanging from the tree, pressure builds.

...the white dog hanging from the tree needs air!
...the leader of the white dog loosens the noose,
...loosens the noose that is around the neck of the white dog.
...the white dog hanging from the tree.
...the white dog hanging from the tree, struggles, for a branch, for his breath.
...the leader of the white dog,
...the leader repeatedly kicks and beats the white dog,
...the white dog hanging from the tree
... the leader kicks the white dog with no left eye, fractured skull and missing teeth

...the white dog feels tendons snap, muscles tear and bones break.
...the brick watches with it's dried eye,
... watches the white dog hanging from the tree,
...the leader of the dog again tightens the noose,
... the leader tightens the noose that is around the neck of the white dog.
...the white dog
...the white dog???? THE WHITE DOG???????? WHITE!! ---WHITE!!--
...The white dog has died
...The leader feels much joy.
...Tomorrow when the leader smiles you will see the white dog

...You will see the white dog, there, between his leader's teeth
THE LEADER -n, le`der- one who leads or commands.

Now what can you do?

First and most importantly, South Korea is scheduled to host the World Cup in 2002. By visiting the following website you will find information on how to protest their right to host such an honorable event  

Second refuse to buy all products made in Korea.  If you are making a purchase in a store and notice the item is made in Korea don't buy it.  Make sure the salesperson or cashier knows why you are refusing the purchase.  Take every chance you can get to inform others of this situation.  You have a great deal of power within yourself.  Each person that writes a protest letter or speaks up is considered a representative of 10,000 people that feel the same way. So be heard

Empower yourself now.

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