English Caption – South Korea – Unbelievable Truth(Companion Animals for Consumption) 거짓말같은 진실(식용동물): http://youtu.be/6UPK521-LZ0
Dogs were barking loudly.
It looked like he was dying.
We slaughter right here for you.
Pitiful and horrendous scene of slaughter.
Animals are in grave danger.
Cats are very tasty. It’s tastiest of all meat.
Era of 10 million companion animals?!
And the cruelty hiding in its dark side!
Our precious companion animals are being called “Edible Animals”.
Shocking Reality! Unbelievable Truth about Edible Animals
A tip-off posted on an Animal Organization’s website
It was a gruesome and shocking information about dog slaughter!
Neck is slashed and bled while dogs are still alive.
May 8, 2011. We went undercover reporting at a “Health Food Shop” informant provided to check the facts.
We were told this place slaughters dogs alive.
What could be going on at this place?
Undercover: How many packs does one dog make?
Owner: About 120 packs.
Undercover: How much is it?
Owner: About 400,000 Korean won ($360 USD).
Undercover: You will make sure it’s clean, right?
Undercover: Where do you slaughter it?
Owner: We do it right here.
Owner said “Slaughtered Right Here”.
We were able to confirm that 3-4 large dogs are caged in this slaughterhouse inside the shop.
Owner: This is a Jindo dog that we brought directly from Jindo.
While telling us that customers usually want to see the dogs before they buy, owner takes out a white Jindo from the cage.
He makes a impassioned speech about why this dog is good for eating. We were dumbfounded and disconcerted by his story.
Owner: We had him for 3 days now and he is very smart.
Not realizing what will befall him, the way he wags his tail thinking to the shop owner is pitiful.
Undercover: If I bring a dog, can you slaughter it for me?
Owner: Yes. That’s 130,000 Korean Won ($120 USD)
Owner: I will give you a good deal and charge you only 380,000 Korean Won($350 USD)?
Lives of helpless dogs in this place are being negotiated by owner.
We met with the informant who reported this business and heard more detail story.
Informant: There is certain sound that dogs make when they are faking pain.
The sound I heard was completely different than that.
Anyone who hears this sound would agree that this is a sound of death. A long cry.
I asked the business owner surreptitiously if he was hanging the dogs, he said they don’t hang them because they are too heavy.
He said he slashes the heels of dogs to make them bleed first in order to hang them.
Behind the “Health Food Shop” is a residential area and I can hear these sounds so why no one else can hear them?
There are 2 places – “OO Black Goats” and “XX Health Food Shop”
There is another place?
Only 10 meters apart, there is another place like this.
Another “Health Food Shop” operating side by side!
From the moment we enter the shop to have a conversation with the owner, we hear the dogs barking.
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.
Undercover: You have been in business for 35 years in this location?
Undercover: How much is one dog?
Owner: It’s about 300,000 Korean Won ($275 USD).
Undercover: How many packs does it make?
Owner: About 100 packs.
Next to the rubber basin filled with water and a plastic bucket, we were able to confirm the dogs in cages in the slaughterhouse.
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.
People walking by see the dogs and say “They are about to die”.
Dogs arrive at these shops all the time, wagging their tails, they don’t seem to know that they are going to die.
By talking to the neighbors, we could grasp the atmosphere inside the shop.
Neighbor: Of course, they bark at night too.
Neighbor: For sure, there is a dog breeding facility in there.
When an intruder enters a house, dogs would bark like crazy. Right?
They would bark at the intruder with high intensity. The sound we hear is similar to that barking like screaming.
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.
In the cage, we witness large dogs like the one we saw at the shop.
Unbelievable scene of what’s taking place at “Health Food Shop”.
Owner: Why are you here? Why are you fucking messing with me?
Owner: Why are you reporting this? Fuck off!
CARE: There were dogs in these cages and the dogs are killed right in front of them.
Their scream can be heard loudly even outside so the neighbors are complaining that they can’t bear living next to this shop.
Dogs are strangled while alive and killed with knife.
This is in violation of Animal Protection Law. They don’t even have an electric stun gun.
They are killed with these tools.
Photos of “Health Food Shop” interior that shows the circumstances of slaughter.
Busan, Namgu-Borough Office.
We asked about the investigation from the government officer who accompanied the field investigation.
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.
When we went to the scene, there were no violations so there is nothing we can do.
The shop owners were denying the accusation that they committed cruelty and slaughter so we went to the scene with a deed ready.
We told them that there is a suspicion of cruel slaughter and asked them to confess but they refused.
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.
However, the punishment is only fines. Fine is up to 5,000,000 Korean Won ($4,600 USD)…
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.
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.
June 6, 2011. While the investigation is still ongoing, we revisited the 2 shops again.
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.
How about the status of other shop? Door was still open so we went in to check.
Undercover: Do you sell dog meat?
Owner: We used to long time ago….
Owner: We did it here long time ago. We get the fire going here.
Owner: Right now we are boiling pumpkin, onion, Chinese herbs.
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.
Owner: It’s been about 6-7 years since we stopped selling dogs.
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.
Currently the 2 shops are under investigation for the suspicion of cruelty and slaughter based on field inspection and evidences collected.
Video provided by CARE.
Last summer, CARE received a tip about an inhumane and unsanitary dog slaughterhouse.
So many dogs in cages from the entrance including dogs with eye diseases.
Many dogs already had serious eye diseases requiring urgent treatment.
In this dog slaughterhouse, there were large and small dogs. There were dogs everywhere.
Breeding dogs who lost ability to have more puppies.
Breeding dogs who lost ability to reproduce with bad health are disposed of here as meat dogs and waiting for their horrific ending.
Dog fur piled up high below fur removal rotating drum.
Right next to that, dog slaughter was taking place in full view of other dogs waiting.
And this women who is a worker here was skillfully and indifferently removing the fur of slaughtered dog.
CARE: You just slaughtered this dog.
This dog is already dead. Over 10 years countless dogs have lost their lives here.
As we visit this place for field investigation, more dogs were already dead sadly from companion animals turned to meat dogs.
CARE: Why are you working on their paws? Do they eat those too?
Worker: Paws are used to make broth and then they are eaten too.
CARE: Remove the cover.
CARE: Who takes these paws?
Unbelievable scene of dog paws from basin.
All these are dog excrements.
More shocking images of slaughterhouse.
Is this dog dead from biting each other?
A place that even sells kittens as meat?!
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From large to small dogs, numerous dogs locked up and neglected in cages and slaughtered in front of other dogs.
Remove the cover and pick them up.
Separately stored dog paws.
Who takes these paws?
Worker: After collecting these, we feed them to dogs.
We also use them as ingredient for Oriental herbal medicine.
Use them for Oriental medicine?
Worker: We also cook and eat them.
All the dogs ending up here had same fate of death they can’t escape.
Among the traces of so many lives taken away, were the decomposed internal organs. We can guess the horror from these sights.
Not even one bowl with water or food can be found in this breeding area.
Starving dogs with nothing but skin and bones.
Even cheap common dog foods were not given to these dogs. Skinny as bones, suffering from starvation day after day with serious health conditions.
They have been forced to endure suffering for such a long time.
All these are excrements. All these on the ground.
You see pits on the ground. It’s all excrements.
If you look inside, dead dogs are fed to the dogs.
Excrements piled up for over past 10 years, it’s hardened like a rock.
Horrendous site of dogs exposed defenseless to all kinds of ailments and infectious diseases! Dogs lying arduously on top of excrement.
Shocking reality of these dogs – fighting each other just to survive!
How did this injury (abrasion) occur? Why does he have a hole in his neck?
Dogs bit each other and that’s why he is dead.
Companion animals consider their owners as family from the moment they open their hearts to the day they die.
We humans brutally trample these dogs’ fate.
After the field investigation by an animal organization, rescue work began.
Puppies relieving their thirst as soon as we provided them with water.
However, not even one day after finally being free from this ordeal,
another cruel destiny was waiting for these dogs.
What happened to these dogs after being freed?
CARE: Dogs started to die from canine influenza the next day right after we rescued them.
Canine influenza spread even through other dogs in our shelter.
Ones doing better were adopted out and some of them are still in the shelter.
Were they not treatable?
CARE: They looked fine when we rescued them
we just thought they were skinny and some of them had skin diseases but the next day they just died.
Another shocking informant posting on the internet about dog and cat consumption!
This time, it’s about cats being sold as meat.
We met with the informant to hear more about it.
It was at a traditional outdoor market. There were about 7 roast chicken places.
Ducks and chickens were being slaughtered right on the spot.
And there was a big red sign “Dog Meat For Sale”.
And right underneath that sign, there were dogs and cats in the cages.
I wondered if these dogs and cats were being slaughtered right on the spot.
We decided to verify the information provided by this informant.
Numerous similar store signs were here that looks like for roast chicken places.
As we look closer we could see “dog meat” and “cat meat” on these signs.
As informant has told us, under the signs there were unbelievable scene of all kinds of animals in the cages.
Among them, we confirmed puppies and even cats in these cages.
We approached closer to check it out.
We were worried if there was any problem with health of these animals.
Dogs of various sizes in front of “On the spot restaurant”.
We found Jindo dogs sleeping in small cages.
Even puppies are caged in this place that sells dog meat on the spot.
As we pass by cages for chickens we found another animal.
Kittens and mommy cat in the same cage.
Undercover: Can you slaughter those cats for me?
Shop owner: Right now? Of course, right away.
Some people stir fry these cats.
Undercover: Stir fry it?
Shop owner: Yes. It’s good stir fried.
Cats are very tasty. Tastiest of all meat….
Even young people take them and stir fry them.
Even the young people are eating them stir fried?
Undercover: How do you stir fry a cat?
If you stir fry it the same way as chicken with onions, green onions, it’s very tasty.
Menu and cuisine probably unfamiliar with young people.
Even the shop owner doesn’t seem to understand why we are asking this.
Undercover: This cat looks sick.
Owner: No. We don’t have sick cats.
Undercover: Is this really good for health?
Owner: Why is a young guy like you don’t understand this?
Of course I tell you it’s good for health because it’s good.
Informant: There were about 4-5 cats in the cages so I asked if I can buy them.
Then the owner said in the hurry that they were for pets.
Of course, I was going to buy them as pets.
But his response was strange so I asked them how much they were.
Then he said the kittens were 10,000 Korean Won ($9 USD) and big cats were 50,000 Korean Won ($46 USD).
Usually for companion animals, the younger it is the more expensive.
He must be selling them based on their weight.
Big cats are more expensive because it has more meat.
Undercover: Are the prices different for cats and kittens?
Owner: Of course. Cats are 30,000 Korean Won($28 USD), kittens are 15,000 Korean Won($14 USD).
Undercover: Kittens are cheaper?
Owner: Of course because they are small.
It’s 10,000 Korean Won($9 USD) per 1 Geun (600g). So if you buy 3 Geun, it’s enough for 2 people.
Trying to convince us, owner is showing us a cat that is already slaughtered and processed.
Undercover: Is this really a cat?
Owner: Of course, it’s a cat. Look at its tail!
Why would I lie to you? You can see it’s really a cat.
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.
If you put the herbs with the cat, there will be more to eat.
If you just want to buy a small piece for medicine, you can. That’s how you do it.
Cats comforting each other in these cages without anyone to count on.
They are beloved animals to some people who consider them as companions but they are only animals known to be good for health.
No way! How can you eat that?
Reporter: Some people eat it.
How can they eat that!
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.
CARE: Currently a lot of people live with companion animals and their awareness about the animal protection is improving.
However, at the same time, there are people who still eat dogs and cats in our society.
These two different values exists and can’t be sorted out.
It always becomes controversy and cause of argument.
A lost former pet can become someone else’s meal.
And this irrational situation continues.
I believe it’s time to address and sort out this issue.