English Caption – S. Korea – Unbelievable Truth (Companion Animals for Consumption)

English Caption – South Korea – Unbelievable Truth(Companion Animals for Consumption) 거짓말같은 진실(식용동물): http://youtu.be/6UPK521-LZ0

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Dogs were barking loudly.

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It looked like he was dying.

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We slaughter right here for you.

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Pitiful and horrendous scene of slaughter.

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Animals are in grave danger.

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Cats are very tasty. It’s tastiest of all meat.

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Era of 10 million companion animals?!

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And the cruelty hiding in its dark side!

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Our precious companion animals are being called “Edible Animals”.

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Shocking Reality! Unbelievable Truth about Edible Animals

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A tip-off posted on an Animal Organization’s website

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It was a gruesome and shocking information about dog slaughter!

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Neck is slashed and bled while dogs are still alive.

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May 8, 2011. We went undercover reporting at a “Health Food Shop” informant provided to check the facts.

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We were told this place slaughters dogs alive.

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What could be going on at this place?

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Undercover: How many packs does one dog make?
Owner: About 120 packs.

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Undercover: How much is it?
Owner: About 400,000 Korean won ($360 USD).

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Undercover: You will make sure it’s clean, right?
Owner: Yes.

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Undercover: Where do you slaughter it?
Owner: We do it right here.

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Owner said “Slaughtered Right Here”.

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We were able to confirm that 3-4 large dogs are caged in this slaughterhouse inside the shop.

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Owner: This is a Jindo dog that we brought directly from Jindo.

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While telling us that customers usually want to see the dogs before they buy, owner takes out a white Jindo from the cage.

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He makes a impassioned speech about why this dog is good for eating. We were dumbfounded and disconcerted by his story.

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Owner: We had him for 3 days now and he is very smart.

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Owner: Sit!

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Not realizing what will befall him, the way he wags his tail thinking to the shop owner is pitiful.

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Undercover: If I bring a dog, can you slaughter it for me?
Owner: Yes. That’s 130,000 Korean Won ($120 USD)

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Owner: I will give you a good deal and charge you only 380,000 Korean Won($350 USD)?

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Lives of helpless dogs in this place are being negotiated by owner.

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We met with the informant who reported this business and heard more detail story.

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Informant: There is certain sound that dogs make when they are faking pain.
The sound I heard was completely different than that.

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Anyone who hears this sound would agree that this is a sound of death. A long cry.

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I asked the business owner surreptitiously if he was hanging the dogs, he said they don’t hang them because they are too heavy.

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He said he slashes the heels of dogs to make them bleed first in order to hang them.

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Behind the “Health Food Shop” is a residential area and I can hear these sounds so why no one else can hear them?

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There are 2 places – “OO Black Goats” and “XX Health Food Shop”

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There is another place?
Only 10 meters apart, there is another place like this.

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Another “Health Food Shop” operating side by side!

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From the moment we enter the shop to have a conversation with the owner, we hear the dogs barking.

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Undercover: I was going to buy from OO Market but it’s too far. So that’s why I am here.
Owner: We have been in business for 35 years.

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Undercover: You have been in business for 35 years in this location?
Owner: Yes.

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Undercover: How much is one dog?
Owner: It’s about 300,000 Korean Won ($275 USD).

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Undercover: How many packs does it make?
Owner: About 100 packs.

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Next to the rubber basin filled with water and a plastic bucket, we were able to confirm the dogs in cages in the slaughterhouse.

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Undercover: Those 2 Health Food Shops know each other.
Informant: I ‘ve heard that they share their truck. I ‘ve witnessed the dogs being transported.

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People walking by see the dogs and say “They are about to die”.

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Dogs arrive at these shops all the time, wagging their tails, they don’t seem to know that they are going to die.

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By talking to the neighbors, we could grasp the atmosphere inside the shop.

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Neighbor: Of course, they bark at night too.

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Neighbor: For sure, there is a dog breeding facility in there.

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When an intruder enters a house, dogs would bark like crazy. Right?

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They would bark at the intruder with high intensity. The sound we hear is similar to that barking like screaming.

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May 17, 2011. 9 days after our first visit, we revisited them. The truck that informant and the neighbors mentioned is parked in front with dogs inside.

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In the cage, we witness large dogs like the one we saw at the shop.

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Unbelievable scene of what’s taking place at “Health Food Shop”.

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Owner: Why are you here? Why are you fucking messing with me?

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Owner: Why are you reporting this? Fuck off!

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CARE: There were dogs in these cages and the dogs are killed right in front of them.

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Their scream can be heard loudly even outside so the neighbors are complaining that they can’t bear living next to this shop.

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Dogs are strangled while alive and killed with knife.

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This is in violation of Animal Protection Law. They don’t even have an electric stun gun.

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They are killed with these tools.

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Photos of “Health Food Shop” interior that shows the circumstances of slaughter.

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Busan, Namgu-Borough Office.
We asked about the investigation from the government officer who accompanied the field investigation.

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Busan, Namgu-Borough Office Local Economy Section Chief.
Our responsibility is to determine if the dogs are killed by hanging or killed in front of other dogs.

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When we went to the scene, there were no violations so there is nothing we can do.

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The shop owners were denying the accusation that they committed cruelty and slaughter so we went to the scene with a deed ready.

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We told them that there is a suspicion of cruel slaughter and asked them to confess but they refused.

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Attorney Chan-Jong Park.
Like the Busan “Health Food Shop” cases, if the suspicion that the dogs are slaughtered mercilessly is accepted officially, then it is a violation of Animal Protection Law.

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However, the punishment is only fines. Fine is up to 5,000,000 Korean Won ($4,600 USD)…

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If it falls under the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, act of cruel slaughter and processing unsanitarily will be punishable by 2-3 years in prison.

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Punishment is strict in this case. However, dogs and cats, as companion animals, are subject to the Animal Protection Law, currently this is not strictly punishable.

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June 6, 2011. While the investigation is still ongoing, we revisited the 2 shops again.

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One shop has shut down operation. With the sign at the door “Store for Lease” and a contact phone number, the front door was locked.

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How about the status of other shop? Door was still open so we went in to check.

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Undercover: Do you sell dog meat?
Owner: We used to long time ago….

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Owner: We did it here long time ago. We get the fire going here.

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Owner: Right now we are boiling pumpkin, onion, Chinese herbs.

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Undercover: Do you slaughter the dog in front of the customer?
Owner: Sort of. If the customer asks, then we would probably have done that.

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Owner: It’s been about 6-7 years since we stopped selling dogs.

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After less than one month, owner is lying and evading irresponsibly saying it’s been 6 years since they slaughtered dogs there.
It’s as if we were talking to someone completely different.

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Currently the 2 shops are under investigation for the suspicion of cruelty and slaughter based on field inspection and evidences collected.

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Video provided by CARE.
Last summer, CARE received a tip about an inhumane and unsanitary dog slaughterhouse.

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So many dogs in cages from the entrance including dogs with eye diseases.

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Many dogs already had serious eye diseases requiring urgent treatment.

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In this dog slaughterhouse, there were large and small dogs. There were dogs everywhere.

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Breeding dogs who lost ability to have more puppies.

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Breeding dogs who lost ability to reproduce with bad health are disposed of here as meat dogs and waiting for their horrific ending.

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Dog fur piled up high below fur removal rotating drum.

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Right next to that, dog slaughter was taking place in full view of other dogs waiting.

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And this women who is a worker here was skillfully and indifferently removing the fur of slaughtered dog.

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CARE: You just slaughtered this dog.

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This dog is already dead. Over 10 years countless dogs have lost their lives here.

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As we visit this place for field investigation, more dogs were already dead sadly from companion animals turned to meat dogs.

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CARE: Why are you working on their paws? Do they eat those too?

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Worker: Paws are used to make broth and then they are eaten too.

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CARE: Remove the cover.

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CARE: Who takes these paws?
Unbelievable scene of dog paws from basin.

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Moments later

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All these are dog excrements.

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More shocking images of slaughterhouse.

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Is this dog dead from biting each other?

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A place that even sells kittens as meat?!

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Unbelievable Truth about Cats – We will expose in a moment.

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I Love Pet. Stay Tuned!

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From large to small dogs, numerous dogs locked up and neglected in cages and slaughtered in front of other dogs.

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Remove the cover and pick them up.

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Separately stored dog paws.

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Who takes these paws?
Worker: After collecting these, we feed them to dogs.

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We also use them as ingredient for Oriental herbal medicine.

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Use them for Oriental medicine?
Worker: We also cook and eat them.

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All the dogs ending up here had same fate of death they can’t escape.

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Among the traces of so many lives taken away, were the decomposed internal organs. We can guess the horror from these sights.

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Not even one bowl with water or food can be found in this breeding area.

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Starving dogs with nothing but skin and bones.

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Even cheap common dog foods were not given to these dogs. Skinny as bones, suffering from starvation day after day with serious health conditions.

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They have been forced to endure suffering for such a long time.

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All these are excrements. All these on the ground.

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You see pits on the ground. It’s all excrements.

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If you look inside, dead dogs are fed to the dogs.

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Excrements piled up for over past 10 years, it’s hardened like a rock.

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Horrendous site of dogs exposed defenseless to all kinds of ailments and infectious diseases! Dogs lying arduously on top of excrement.

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Shocking reality of these dogs – fighting each other just to survive!

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How did this injury (abrasion) occur? Why does he have a hole in his neck?

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Dogs bit each other and that’s why he is dead.

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Companion animals consider their owners as family from the moment they open their hearts to the day they die.

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We humans brutally trample these dogs’ fate.

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After the field investigation by an animal organization, rescue work began.

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Puppies relieving their thirst as soon as we provided them with water.

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However, not even one day after finally being free from this ordeal,

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another cruel destiny was waiting for these dogs.

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What happened to these dogs after being freed?

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CARE: Dogs started to die from canine influenza the next day right after we rescued them.

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Canine influenza spread even through other dogs in our shelter.

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Ones doing better were adopted out and some of them are still in the shelter.

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Were they not treatable?
CARE: They looked fine when we rescued them

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we just thought they were skinny and some of them had skin diseases but the next day they just died.

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Another shocking informant posting on the internet about dog and cat consumption!

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This time, it’s about cats being sold as meat.

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We met with the informant to hear more about it.

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It was at a traditional outdoor market. There were about 7 roast chicken places.

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Ducks and chickens were being slaughtered right on the spot.

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And there was a big red sign “Dog Meat For Sale”.

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And right underneath that sign, there were dogs and cats in the cages.

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I wondered if these dogs and cats were being slaughtered right on the spot.

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We decided to verify the information provided by this informant.

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Numerous similar store signs were here that looks like for roast chicken places.

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As we look closer we could see “dog meat” and “cat meat” on these signs.

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As informant has told us, under the signs there were unbelievable scene of all kinds of animals in the cages.

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Among them, we confirmed puppies and even cats in these cages.

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We approached closer to check it out.

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We were worried if there was any problem with health of these animals.

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Dogs of various sizes in front of “On the spot restaurant”.

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We found Jindo dogs sleeping in small cages.

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Even puppies are caged in this place that sells dog meat on the spot.

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As we pass by cages for chickens we found another animal.

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Kittens and mommy cat in the same cage.

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Undercover: Can you slaughter those cats for me?
Shop owner: Right now? Of course, right away.

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Some people stir fry these cats.

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Undercover: Stir fry it?
Shop owner: Yes. It’s good stir fried.

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Cats are very tasty. Tastiest of all meat….

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Even young people take them and stir fry them.

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Even the young people are eating them stir fried?

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Undercover: How do you stir fry a cat?

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If you stir fry it the same way as chicken with onions, green onions, it’s very tasty.

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Menu and cuisine probably unfamiliar with young people.

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Even the shop owner doesn’t seem to understand why we are asking this.

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Undercover: This cat looks sick.
Owner: No. We don’t have sick cats.

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Undercover: Is this really good for health?
Owner: Why is a young guy like you don’t understand this?

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Of course I tell you it’s good for health because it’s good.

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Informant: There were about 4-5 cats in the cages so I asked if I can buy them.

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Then the owner said in the hurry that they were for pets.

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Of course, I was going to buy them as pets.

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But his response was strange so I asked them how much they were.

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Then he said the kittens were 10,000 Korean Won ($9 USD) and big cats were 50,000 Korean Won ($46 USD).

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Usually for companion animals, the younger it is the more expensive.

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He must be selling them based on their weight.

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Big cats are more expensive because it has more meat.

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Undercover: Are the prices different for cats and kittens?

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Owner: Of course. Cats are 30,000 Korean Won($28 USD), kittens are 15,000 Korean Won($14 USD).

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Undercover: Kittens are cheaper?
Owner: Of course because they are small.

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It’s 10,000 Korean Won($9 USD) per 1 Geun (600g). So if you buy 3 Geun, it’s enough for 2 people.

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Trying to convince us, owner is showing us a cat that is already slaughtered and processed.

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Undercover: Is this really a cat?
Owner: Of course, it’s a cat. Look at its tail!

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Why would I lie to you? You can see it’s really a cat.

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There isn’t much to eat just a cat. So if you go to an oriental herbal medicine shop, you can buy some herbs to cook it with.

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If you put the herbs with the cat, there will be more to eat.

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If you just want to buy a small piece for medicine, you can. That’s how you do it.

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Cats comforting each other in these cages without anyone to count on.

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They are beloved animals to some people who consider them as companions but they are only animals known to be good for health.

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That’s unthinkable.

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It’s appalling.

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It’s horrendous.

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No way! How can you eat that?

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Reporter: Some people eat it.
How can they eat that!

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Informant: It’s been over a month since I witnessed it and I can’t sleep. I think I will never forget it for the rest of my life.

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CARE: Currently a lot of people live with companion animals and their awareness about the animal protection is improving.

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However, at the same time, there are people who still eat dogs and cats in our society.

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These two different values exists and can’t be sorted out.

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It always becomes controversy and cause of argument.

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A lost former pet can become someone else’s meal.

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And this irrational situation continues.

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I believe it’s time to address and sort out this issue.

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