Animal Cruelty In Korea
2, Page 1
It is heartbreaking to watch dogs cruelly mistreated
Every year, 2.6 million dogs and countless cats are
slaughtered and consumed in
The myth is that the more pain suffered by these animals, the more tender and aphrodisiac the meat is. This idea is generated by Korean dog-meat dealers. Dog-meat stew is not a thousand-year-old Korean tradition, as dog-meat dealers claim. The commercial trade of dogs for consumption began in 1980, when a boom in the Korean economy made the once-scarce "livestock" meats suddenly affordable. At the time, the dog-meat trade consisted of only a handful of dealers, who, fearing loss of business, quickly marketed the myth that dog-meat stew is a traditional "cure-all" health food.
Cats are also consumed in S. Korea. Pets and strays are repeatedly bludgeoned with hammers or placed in sacks, which are then pounded on the ground. Often, while still alive, the cats are thrown into large pots of boiling water and cooked with ginger, dates and chestnuts until liquefied to a brown paste or "cat juice," which dealers claim will cure rheumatism. Dr. Kim, Sung Yun, a medical doctor and professor researching rheumatoid arthritis at Hanyang Medical School, said "cats are absolutely not effective in the treatment of arthritis. It's a myth." However, even research such as this has done little to dispel the myth.
Approximately 30 percent of the dogs consumed each year are stolen companion animals, while the rest are bred by dog "farmers," individuals who raise dogs as a side business. Most of the cats consumed each year are trapped in crude wire cages.
The Korean Government has failed to enforce its own
1984 Ministry of Health law banning dog-meat stew as a "disgusting
food," and its Animal Protection Law, enacted in 1991, which
bans cruelty to all animals. Designating
"This is not an issue of 'cultural differences,'" states Kyenan Kum, founder and director of International Aid for Korean Animals (IAKA). "Caring Koreans and most people worldwide know that no animal should be tortured and abused. Yet Korean cat and dog dealers are willfully inflicting maximum pain to dogs and cats for mythical health benefits.
"The Korean government recognized the terrible suffering caused by the dog meat trade when it outlawed dog-meat stew in 1984. Today we need the help of caring people worldwide to stamp out this abuse once and for all.
THE BRUTAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS IN CHINA
By far the most violent and brutal treatment to dogs is in China. There is a problem with overpopulation, however their method of controlling the unnecessary animals is beyond description. Very simply they beat them to death. Over 50,000 dogs were killed in a short period. The story is just disgusting, hard to believe. The following photos are proof of the horrible treatment to animals. If you are sensitive I advise you not read this story.