English Caption – “S. Korea’s Dog Meat Trade: Eating sick dogs and former pet dogs”

This is English caption for the TV program South Korea’s Dog Meat Trade: Eating sick dogs and former pet dogs 수상한 식탁, 보양식의 상징 개고기의 불편한 진실 originally aired on TV Chosun on July 2012.

Preview

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Scorching hot July afternoon. Today is Boknal (Dog days of summer in Korea).

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Nutty smell of perilla seeds is rushing the people’s footsteps.

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People seeking tasty food and taking care of their health without questioning or thinking.

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Dog meat is digested the best, it’s soft and easy to eat. Therefore, I eat it often.

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After eating few bowls of this soup, I can beat the summer heat and stay energetic.

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Dog meat was eaten from the time of our ancestors so there is no need to argue whether it’s legal or illegal…because it’s just food.

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Today we are going to tell you about the inconvenient truth about dog meat, the symbol of health food.

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Incheon-city.
We received an information from someone who quit eating dog meat as a result dumbfounding experience.

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He said the dog meat his mother-in-law made for him was shocking.

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Informant C.M. Kim (Alias) (38 years old).
This place had dogs. I am not sure if they raise or just sell these dogs.

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Typical pet dog breeds such as Cocker Spaniels, Spitz, Poodles and even Dalmatians were being slaughtered.

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I was curious where these dogs were being distributed. Upon following, it was a local “Health Food Center”.

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Shocking information about pet dogs slaughter.

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Nonsan-city.
We left for Nonsan-city, Chungnam-province where the informer witnessed this scene.

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We found a large warehouse building.

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We staked out behind the building and gazed at the livestock stable.

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3 or 4 man brought dogs and looked into the stable. Soon after they left the stable.

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Where would this truck be going?

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Meanwhile, several trucks goes in and out

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and another truck came in.

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A spotted dog is brought in

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The man hand over the spotted dog.

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A man disappears with the spotted dog and soon after returns holding a leg of hanging dog.

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Spotted dog is taken into warehouse. Man tosses the empty collar back into his truck.

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A stable that looks to be a slaughterhouse. What happened to the spotted dog?

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What could be happening inside?

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Inside 2 man were slaughtering meat dogs.

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People skillfully processing the dogs ordered by the customers

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Women: Who’s is this one? Yours?
Man: Yes.
Women: It has lots of fat.

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Man: It’s not my dog. A friend of mine gave him to me. He was fed Janban(food waste).

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According to the customers, this slaughterhouse exclusively distributes dog meats in this town.

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We cautiously went inside the stable.

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At a glance, there seems to be about 50 or so dogs here. They look like typical “meat dogs”.

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Did the spotted dog disappear from here?

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At that moment, a white dog had eye contact with us.
Found pet dog presumably abandoned.

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As we entered inside, we saw dogs that are not typical “meat dogs”.

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Tens of pet dogs of all breeds from unknown sources were being raised together.

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Woman: Sell him to me for 30K KRW ($26 USD) slaughtered and ready.

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Owner sells a small dog for 30K KRW ($26 USD).

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Atmosphere suddenly turns to terror inside the stable

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And then, the tool used to slaughtered the dog is a hammer

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and an industrial blowtorch.

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Women loads the slaughtered dog she just purchased.
Small enough to not even fill a black plastic bag.

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Truck that loaded the bag is leaving the slaughterhouse in a hurry.

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We quickly followed this truck.

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Upon following for about 10 minutes, the truck stopped somewhere near a
major highway.

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Diligently carrying something inside.

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Finally carrying in the black plastic bag.

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What kind of place could it be?

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Slaughtered small dog was supplied to a “Health Food Center”.

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My brother-in-law invited me to go eat dog meat at a well-known restaurant in Guri-city.

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There they were using pet dogs as meat. I couldn’t refuse so I ate it.

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I had only heard about pet dogs being used as meat and since I experienced it myself, I feel very uncomfortable with the corrupted distribution process.

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Pet dogs should not be used as meat. But the reality is pet dogs are being used as meat so I am not happy about that.

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We revisited the scene.

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Undercover: Are you raising this dog?
Owner: No. I am just taking care of him for someone.

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Owner: They are Spitz. Balbari Spitz. If you brush their fur nicely, they will look beautiful.

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Undercover: OK. Can you take one out of the cage for me?

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Owner: Lift the big one. This one is at least 100K KRW ($88 USD) worth of meat.

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Fate of 2 Spitz dogs that could be slaughtered at any moment.

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We have decided to rescue one of them.

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Dog doesn’t seem to realize what is happening to him. He is a very lucky dog.

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Owner’s son: This dog looks dirty because he’s been here but he is a very pretty dog.

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Even after awhile, he seems very nervous.
Undercover: He is salivating. He’s got eye bugger.

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We quickly took him to a Veterinarian.
M Veterinarian, Seoul, Gangnam-Borough.

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Based on examination, he was a purebred 2 years old Spitz.

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Physical examination was performed. Internal organs, respiratory system, and skin were examined.

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To remove fleas, fur had to be trimmed.

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Reporter: Come here!
Vet staff: He can come out now because he has been treated with medication.

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Vet staff: He is very shy and afraid of people he doesn’t know.

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Vet staff: He wants to hide and avoid people.

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Reporter: His skin looks terrible.
Vet staff: Yes. There were a lot of ticks and we had to remove them.

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Veterinarian H.S. Kim: Dogs get abandoned when they get sick. Running into financial trouble while being treated or change in situation also cause abandonment.

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Typical treatment includes medicating with antibiotics when they are infected with germs.

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From that perspective, it’s a nonsense to eat dog meat.

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So why is this happening without any hesitation?

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Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Ministry official: There is no specific department that oversees dog meat issue.

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We regulate restaurants so you might say that we are overseeing the dog meat but there is no department specific for dog meat anywhere.

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For example, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries manages the things growing in the farm and Ministry of Health and Welfare manages it once it leaves the farm.

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We are responsible for any food ingredients and food sanitation law is applicable.

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Reporter: Food sanitation law is applicable? How about the dog meat being sold right now?

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Ministry official: I don’t know about that issue. Call the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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Government agencies all ignoring the issue.
We looked up the law.

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Based on Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Livestock Industry Act.
Dogs are classified as livestock such as cows and pigs.

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And in cases of abuse, they are protected by the Animal Protection Act.

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However the problem is dog is not classified as livestock under the Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act, Section 2, putting dog meat outside the regulatory control.

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Former member of National Assembly, S.C. Song.
Because dog meat trade is not legalized, breeding process is very unsanitary and we can see the dogs are being very abused.

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There is no measures for infectious diseases and so many dogs are dying from it.

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And if these dogs are disposed of properly there will be no problem but these dogs are being distributed as meat.

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That’s not the fault of the people but the fault of the government who left the issue in a legal blind spot.

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Since the situation is such as this, there are many places that pretends not to know what’s going on and distributes pet dogs as meat.

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OO Pet Dog Auction Market.
Opening once a week. We visited this market after hearing a rumor that something suspicious is going on.

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Located in Gyeonggido-province, this place is well known among the pet dog business community.

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With annual membership fee of 50K KRW ($44 USD), people who buys and sells dogs are mostly pet dog business operators.

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Man: We have permit and we pay taxes. There are many places like this auction markets.

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Reporter: Do you know about the OO Pet Dog Auction market?
Namyangju-city official: Yes. We know about that.

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Reporter: Isn’t there anything you can do about it?

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Namyangju-city official: No. There is no law regulating it. We visit the market occasionally to check for any abandoned dogs being distributed.

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But we saw mostly meat dogs being traded there.
Pet dogs are also being sold by the pet dog breeders.

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Majority of pet dog breeders have business licenses.

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However, meat dog farmers trade their dogs at the market but they often don’t have business licenses.

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Reporter: Can’t you ban the distribution of meat dogs there?

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Namyangju-city official: No. We can’t ban them. There is nothing we can do except to regulate the sanitation or the restaurants.

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Auctioneer: OK. We will start at 100K KRW ($88 USD). 110K, 120K, 130K, No 42 Sold!

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Auctioneer: OK. Again we will start at 100K KRW ($88 USD). 110K, 120K, 130K KRW, No 31 Sold!

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Auctioneer: OK. Maltese female puppy. Maltese. No 35 Sold!

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Auctioneer: Pomeranian. Pomeranian. Will start at 200K KRW ($177 USD).

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Scene of auction market with high dollar trades. You must have a pet dog business license to be admitted.

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However, outside the auction market atmosphere is a little different.

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Auctioneer: Female 30K KRW ($27 USD), 40K, 50K, 60K, 70K, 70K KRW.

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Auctioneer: OK. Be bold! 4 dogs at 120K KRW ($106 USD).

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From 10K KRW to 4 dogs at 120K KRW. The people outside seems to be more generous.

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At that moment, a women who is closely observing the dogs in the cages. She stands out from the crowd of mostly middle aged men.

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We followed her to the parking lot where her car is parked.

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A big dog purchased outside the auction market is in her car.

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We followed her very closely.

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She must have purchased the dog for meat.

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Isn’t this the way to the Moran Market?

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Car is heading towards Seongnam-city.

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However, we lost her. First attempt at chase failed.

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With Boknal (Dog days of summer)around the corner, we visited the auction market again.

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We saw the same car that we failed to chase a week ago.

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Auction market is a lot more busy this time.

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Among the crowd who’s trying to buy big and cheap dogs, we found that same women.

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Wearing the same clothes as the last time.

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We change our strategy this time.

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Let’s split here. Let’s go right. We will go first.

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After splitting, team A followed her very closely.

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The place the car was headed was Moran Market in Seongnam-city same direction she was heading last time.

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Moran Market, Seongnam-city, Gyeonggido-province.
The car parked in front of a “Health Food Center”.

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2 dogs purchased at the auction market is being dragged out of the car.

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Immediately, we met with the “Health Food Center” people in order to confirm.

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Merchant: You shouldn’t broadcast this stuff. It hurts our business.

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Do you know why we are frustrated? You guys come again and again asking the same questions.

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Why do you come in the busy summer time?

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Reporter: We recorded the dogs from auction market arriving here. Is it cheaper to buy the dogs from the auction market?

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Merchant left saying that they have more time in the winter.

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Moran Market Merchant Association Representative:
Pet dogs, small dogs are not supplied here. We do not buy nor sell those dogs.

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If we put the dirty or dogs with skin problems in the cage, it can contaminate and no one would want to buy them.

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Moran market distributes 30% of the country’s dog meat.

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Every summer time, buyers and sellers gather here from all around the country.

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Can this industry be self-regulated?

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We tried to find out if the abandoned dogs and pet dogs’ distribution is being blocked.

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Customer: This is too skinny.
Merchant: I will give him to you for 250K KRW ($221 USD).

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A women looking for a cheap small dog. But typical meat dog is over 200K KRW ($177 USD).

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She went into another shop.

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Merchant: There is nothing for 150K KRW ($133 USD). The cheapest ones are 170, 180K KRW.

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Another haggling takes place in front of mid-sized dogs.

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Merchant: Which one? Small one? 130K, 140K KRW ($123 USD).
Women: Why is it so expensive?

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Women with tight budget. Trying to find a bargain.

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Women: I can get good price here, right?
Merchant: What?
Women: Dog.
Merchant: We are sold out.

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Women: How much is this? How much is that one?
Merchant: About 130K KRW ($115 USD).

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Merchant: It’s only 100K KRW ($88 USD). Lots of meat.
Women: This is a big dog, isn’t it?

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Merchant: No. It’s a small dog. Balbari dog is tasty.
Captured a proof that small pet dog are being sold!

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Could Moran Market be the only place that sells pet dogs as meat?

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Animal Rights Organizations in Seoul.
In this environment, number of civil complaint calls animal organizations receive each day is in dozens.

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Animal Rights Organization:
Dog eaters want to think that they are eating only the dogs raised for the purpose of consumption such as yellow dogs or big Korean native dogs.

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However, when we look at the facts from the slaughterhouses and the markets, all kinds of dogs are being used as meat.

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They are abandoned dogs from animal shelters, pet dogs sold by their owners, dogs from commercial purebred dog farms that becomes sick or lose their ability to produce puppies.

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All these dogs are slaughtered for meat and become our food and that’s the reality.

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Scene of dog meat distribution outside of common sense.
Do you know what you are eating?

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However, this is not the only inconvenient truth.

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M Veterinarian, Seoul, Gangnam-Borough.
Test results from the Spitz came back.

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Upon reviewing the test results, it was as the vets feared.

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His stress index was extremely high and

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Veterinarian: This dog has a big problem. External parasites such as fleas and ticks are commonly found in dogs abandoned for awhile and this dog also is infected with these parasites.

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However, the big problem is that this dog is infected with a parasite that lives in the blood called “heartworms”.

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This Spitz with fatal disease was about to be served as food.

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Veterinarian: The treatment is not completed in one try. The medication is administered little by little over time every week

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and after these treatments, several months later when you determine that the dog is fully recovered, he needs to be retested.

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If the dog is fully recovered he will be OK. However if the heartworm larva is still present, the treatment process must begin again.

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What’s ahead is dozens of antibiotics and medicine injections.

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If this dog wasn’t rescued and instead became a meat, what could have happened?

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Professior Yong-Geun Ahn (Also known as “Dr. Dogmeat”):
Birds have “Avian influenza” and hoof footed animals have “Foot and Mouth Diseases”

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but dogs don’t have disease that can be transmitted to human.

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However, if the dogs are over treated with antibiotics or was a subject of animal testing, then there might be some problem.

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Headline “What’s going on in the animal shelter? Dogs killed the day checked in, dog head found…”

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Last September, a suspicious incident took place at an animal shelter in Gumi-city.

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9/4/2011, Gumi-city Animal Shelter Infiltration.
There is a lot of problem here.

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Please show us underneath here.
In this animal shelter, dogs slaughtered and cut up in pieces were found in the freezer.

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Gumi-city official: We had to select a new shelter operator for 2012.

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Therefore, at the end of last year we selected a contractor for the abandoned animal shelter operation which excludes Gumi-city Wild Animal Protection Association.

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Gumi-city Veterinarian Association is selected as the contractor to run the animal shelter starting in 2012.

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And they are operating the shelter very well right now.

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If they realized the seriousness of the abandoned animals distribution problem, would they have made that dangerous choice?
Gumi-city Animal Shelter.

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Reporter: Is this the animal shelter?
Shelter manager: Yes. This is Gumi-city animal shelter.

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Reporter: Did the shelter that used to be in Seonsan moved here?

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Shelter manager: No. The shelter in Seonsan is shut down. This is a new shelter contracted with the city to be run by the Gumi-city Veterinarian Association.

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Since when?
Starting January 1 of this year.

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Abandoned animal’s shelter located right next to the veterinary office.

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It looked relatively comfortable and safe.

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For abandoned and sick animals, there seems to be no better place than this

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Vet./Gumi-city Animal Shelter Director:
We bring in about 50 animals. Our estimate was based on 30 animals but it turned out to be about 50.

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Therefore, the facility is crowded and the people are experiencing inconvenience.

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So I have asked the city to increase their budget for the shelter.

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It’s on a revised supplementary budget but the department in charge has a limited authority so that’s the situation right now.

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However, how many abandoned dogs are enjoying this kind of luxury?

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Animal Rights Organization:
If we can find another shelter like the Gumi-city, we will demand a shut-down but so far we are not finding them.

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However, what is certain is that less known shelters are secretly selling shelter dogs as meat or sending them away.

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That’s because of the cost of taking care of them during the required holding period and the affective criticism about the euthanasia from the society.

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In order to avoid these burden, dogs are sent off for adoption to just anybody and in reality these dogs are resold as dog meat or to breeding farms.

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Last year, an illegal dog slaughterhouse in Namyangju-city, Gyeonggido-province.

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An animal rights organization reported a shocking scene of this slaughterhouse.

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Excrement piled up and hardened over the years. Dogs being raised to be eaten in this tragic place.

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Atrocious environment where we can’t even tell if this is food for dogs or their body parts.

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Dog tails.

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Reporter: Slaughterhouse owner is currently not in business. Right?
Namyangju-city official: Right. He is not in business.

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Reporter: Have you confirmed it?
Namyangju-city official: Of course. In order to avoid friction with the animal rights organizations and their demands.

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And in reality, we can’t stop him by force from raising those dogs. It’s outside of our authority.

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But in order to reduce the friction with the animal rights organizations and because it’s a civil complaint, we have requested to the slaughterhouse owner.

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We visited that same dog slaughterhouse.

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The reality was different than what the city official told us.

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It stinks here. These looks like the evidences of slaughter. It’s all bones.

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These are all cleaning detergents. It looks like he was trying to clean up the place.

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2 years has passed and the excrement floor has gotten even higher and the environment was just as before.

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The only difference was that the dogs’ health condition has seriously deteriorated.

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Every dogs were suffering from eye disease that is known to show on sick dogs.

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We sent the video of a dog with the most serious condition to a veterinarian.

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Dogs that have been neglected for years from illegal dog farms.

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What is wrong with their health?

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Veterinarian Kim: This dog looks like he is infected with disease with neurological symptoms.

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Canine distemper is a fatal disease for dogs.

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It’s known to be infectious with highest fatality.

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First clinical sign starts with the respiratory system but as it progresses further

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as you can see in this dog, head is showing “wry neck” symptom (dysmyotonia) to one direction

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or continuous head trembling. With these symptoms, all other organs, lung, gastrointestinal tract can be dangerous.

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We requested a rescue from an animal rights organization.

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Would people still be hungry for dog meat after seeing this scene?

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If we don’t rush all the dogs could become infected.

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There were dogs who has already been infected.

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We have to disinfect this completely.
Yes. We brought disinfectant.

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Let’s go in.

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Barely moved the dog that can’t even stand or walk.

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Let’s disinfect again although I have already done it.

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Quickly collecting body fluid. However, the state of paralysis.

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His condition is serious.

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Veterinarian decided there is no option and prepares for a euthanasia.

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He looks terrible.

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First he is sedated. A little bit later, anesthetic was injected.

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There is definitely a problem with eating animals infected with this disease.

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Infected muscles and organs can potentially infect people who eats them.

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Namyangju-city, Gyeonggido-province.
We found the owner who is working at a cornfield nearby.

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When we asked if he is the owner of this illegal slaughterhouse? He passively answers, “Yes”.

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Owner: My old mother passed away. I have a lot of debt.

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My only daughter got into an automobile accident about 3 years ago.

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He was saying that in order to make money, he had no choice.

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Reporter: Where did you sell your dogs at?
Owner: At Moran Market in Seongnam-city. There is plenty of places to sell over there.

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Reporter: You were selling your dogs at Moran Market?
Owner: Yes.

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Reporter: How about the dogs you slaughter here?
Owner: I don’t slaughter much here.

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Reporter: So what do you do with the ones you slaughter here?
Owner: They are sold locally.

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Moran Market, Seongnam-city, Gyeonggido-province.
This is where the owner said he sold his dogs.

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If the merchants here purchased those dogs what could have happened?

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Moran Market Merchant Association Representative:
People watch TV programs and they ask us about it

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and even our members who watched the program said they have seen the story about this slaughterhouse in Gyeonggido that distributes sick dogs, abandoned dogs.

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That’s because they are operating in the shade, it’s possible to have negative effects.

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Y.J. Chun (63 years old)
As a business owner myself, I don’t even know what to say. They shouldn’t be doing that kind of business.

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S.J. Bae(62 years old)
I can’t eat that. Of course not. Dog meat is eaten to be healthy.

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E.M. Hong(60 years old)
We are eating these dog meats and it’s not possible for us to know what we are eating.

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They kill animals like that and wish for the prosperity of their descendents. That’s thieves’ greedy mind.

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You people who cares about dogs! Why don’t you be good to your parents instead?

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As long as people who eat dog meat exist, the dispute regarding the dog meat probably won’t end.

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Indeed, how can we resolve this issue so that our food supply is safe?

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Professor Yong Geun Ahn (also known as “Dr. Dogmeat”)
The solution is simple. Just classify dogs as livestock in the “Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act”.

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Because the dogs not slaughtered can’t be distributed nor sold.

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Animal Rights Organization.
When you look at the breeding and slaughtering condition of the legal livestocks such as pigs, cows, chickens, it is very poor, dirty and inhumane.

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In this environment, adding companion animals such as dogs to the classification of livestock

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and inhumanely slaughter them. It’s time that we ask ourselves if this is the direction that we want our society to move towards?

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Then what is the position of the government?

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Korea Food and Drug Administration.
We are reporting about dog meat. Can you direct us to the department that handles this issue?

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KFDA: We don’t manage by specific food type. So there is no department that handles that.

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Then regarding the slaughtering..
KFDA: You have to ask Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for slaughtering issue.

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KFDA: However if you were to ask them, you will get a response saying that dogs are not livestock used for meat.

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Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
MFAFF: Dog has to be classified as a livestock in order for there to be a department in charge.

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There is no regulation regarding the approval of slaughter and the method. Dog meat does not fall under the “Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act”. Therefore it is difficult to regulate.

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Dog meat issue left in the legal blind spot for the reason there is no base for punishment between:

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Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Korea Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare.

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Whengsung Cow Market, Whengsung, Gangwondo-province.
Then how is the case for the livestock that is managed by the “Livestock Product Sanitary Control Act”?

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We examined the cow’s distribution tracking system.

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Whengsung Cow Market Representative.
Cow identification record system tracks cow’s birth, slaughter, sale, processing by the number attached to their ear.

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When a problem arise, we can track it. It’s a safety device.

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If you compare it to human, it’s just like social security number.

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OO Korean beef, Paju-city, Gyeonggido-province.
Cow identification record system that started test implementation in 2004 has been around for 8 years now.

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Consumers can find out where it was born, where it was raised and who raised it.

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OO Korean beef owner, C.H. Kyung.
Using the barcode number, identification is provided for 100% just like people’s social security number.

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So using the Smartphone, consumers can scan the barcode and find out the shipper, origin, farming method, slaughter date and even the location.

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OO Dog Meat Restaurant, Anyang-city, Gyeonggido-province.
Dog meat identification record system. Can this work?

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We visited a dog meat restaurant in Gyeonggido-province.

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They offered to show where their dogs are raised if their customers wanted to see.

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Customers also wanted to express their opinions about dog meat consumption.

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Customer, C.M. Park.
If we raise dogs like the pigs in sanitary conditions there is no problem with eating dogs.

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So if we just improve the problems in the dog farms and make it clean then there is no problem with eating dogs.

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If anything, we should explore the opportunities to export dog meat to other countries.

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Problems in the distribution and processing has a room for improvement.

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This dog meat restaurant’s marketing strategy was to open their dog farm to the public.

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Allowing restaurant customers to see with transparency the dog farm’s sanitation and whether or not the dogs have disease.

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OO Dog meat restaurant owner, S.M. Jang.
I think dogs, cows and pigs are all the same. Therefore, we raise and slaughters dogs with the same method as cows and pigs.

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This has to be legalized in order for us to operate rightfully.

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We pay the taxes accurately and run our business. We want to be fairly assessed for our cleanliness.

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We really want a chance to promote the dog meat’s effectiveness and the superiority to our customers.

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Dog meat consumption legalization law has been submitted twice. But it was abandoned both times.

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Former member of the National Assembly, S.C. Song.
Government has the responsibility to protect the health of its citizens and bad practices must be corrected.

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Also even if it is wanted by a minority, it needs to be legislated and legalized.

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Leaving what the citizens are doing as illegal is the fault of the nation.

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Headline “Dogs on the ground with fur removed…boiled in a pot immediately after slaughter”

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Meanwhile, last month another case broke out at a hillside of Ilsan, Gyeonggido-province.

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What could have happened?
OO Farm, Goyang-city, Gyeonggido-province.

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This time the police in this jurisdiction reported this case.

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Police: Stay where you are.

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Police: Pull the blood vessel here. You pulled out the blood vessel.
Pull it out.

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During the processing of slaughtering, water was injected into the blood vessel in order to inflate the weight of the dogs.

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Police: Where is the entrance? Is this the blood vessel?
Worker: Yes.

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Police: You did that to all the dogs. Didn’t you?

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Worker: We electrocuted the dog and upon customer’s request we drained the blood from the dog.

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We injected the water in order to drain the blood and why would anyone report this?

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Everyone does this. You can check any slaughterhouses in the country.

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Number of dogs they slaughtered and inflated weight is 730.
Police was dispatched for the crime of taking unfair profit of 210,000K KRW ($ 185K USD).

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Violation of law related to the water quality and aquatic ecosystem conservation and fraud charge.

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How was the case handled? 2 days after the case broke out, we revisited the scene of crime.

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Sure enough. Smoke is rising from the chimney.

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We went inside.

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As expected, something is boiling in the iron cauldrons.
We asked what they were boiling.

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Worker: We are making meat broth.
Reporter: Dogs are used for meat broth too?

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In order to make dog meat soup, you have to boil them first.

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Talking gibberish saying he is making meat broth.

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Inside we found that water hose (used for injecting water into blood vessel) and a dog trapped in a cage.

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His claim that he removed all the dogs was a lie.

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After being fined, they have resumed their operation.

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OO Slaughterhouse Worker.
The owner knows about the injecting water into the dogs.

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We get into trouble if we say the wrong thing to the owner. We just did what was told.

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That’s the extent of our involvement.

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If you want to know more about the practice of injecting water, go visit other slaughterhouses.

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Reporter: Is there other slaughterhouses in this area?
Worker: Yes. They are everywhere. Wondang,…etc.

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Do you think we are the only one injecting water into dogs?
That’s not true.

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Go anywhere! Go visit Moran Market in Seongnam-city!

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Ilsandong -Borough Office.
Reporter: I need to ask some questions. This is TV Chosun.

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I want to ask about the slaughterhouse dog water injection case in Seongsukdong.

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We visited there to check and they have openly resumed their operation.

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Ilsandong-Borough:
We can’t crack down on the case because the dog meat punishment law is in the legal blind spot.

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Therefore, my understanding is that we processed that case as the violation of waste water.

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Reporter: Is there any way to impose sanctions?
Ilsandog-Borough: It’s in the legal blind spot. So it is the Korean lawmakers’ job.

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We can only carry out the law. Enforcing the law has to be concrete and we have to argue accurately based on the situation.

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Because we have to punish them and Korea is a constitutional nation.

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People who didn’t want to know what environment the dogs lived, what diseases they suffered and through what process they ended up on our table.

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That’s because the truth about the dog meat is extremely inconvenient.

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Veterinarian H.S. Kim:
There is a pros and cons debate about dog meat consumption between the pet owners and the non-pet owners .

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However, I think the most important issue is the fundamental concern for the lives that live and commune together with us.

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This is the main issue about the companion animals and our food culture.

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While we are chasing the status of dogs left in the legal blind spot, our health is being threatened as ever.

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Is our hope for a happy food supply still just a dream?