S. Korea Offers Therapy Amid Massive Animal Cull

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S. Korea Offers Therapy Amid Massive Animal Cull

[Ed. Note: For background information, read Latest Statistics on Korean Animal Cull, January 2011 and take action, Tell the Korean Government to STOP Burying Animals Alive.]

From StraitsTimes.com, submitted by Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA)

'We've heard reports of people suffering from insomnia, fearfulness, hallucinating sound and lack of appetite,' a provincial government official said.

South Korean officials said on Monday they would offer therapy for workers traumatised by massive culling of animals as they battle the country's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

The midwestern province of South Chungcheong said it would offer stress treatment to health officials, soldiers, police and farmworkers who took part in the culling of more than 90,000 cattle and pigs in the province so far.

'We've heard reports of people suffering from insomnia, fearfulness, hallucinating sound and lack of appetite,' a provincial government official who declined to be named told AFP.

Nationwide, more than 1.3 million pigs, cattle and other cloven-hoofed animals have been slaughtered or will soon be culled, the agriculture ministry said, as the outbreak showed no sign of abating.

Four new cases were confirmed on Monday, bringing the total number since Nov 29 to 112.

Since November, the country has lost about seven percent of its cattle and pigs. Some animals have been buried alive due to a shortage of anaesthetics, with TV news footage showing hundreds of struggling pigs pushed into trenches.