Meat dogs in wire cages feed on rotten food waste slops while they wait to be slaughtered
On August 9, 2016, a Korean TV program called “In Depth Camera”(밀착카메라) reported on a story about people taking their pet dogs on their summer vacation. The next day the story they reported on was one that is often ignored by Koreans because it makes them feel very unpleasant and uncomfortable; it was about the dogs that their society has labeled “meat dogs.”
The program reported that regardless of whether eating dog meat is right or wrong, from breeding to slaughter, there are definite problems with the dog meat trade.
According to the reporter, when he first arrived at the dog meat farm, the dogs, startled by unfamiliar footsteps, began barking. He saw a mother dog covered with necrotic wounds feeding her puppies, and another dog, tied up, exhibiting anxious repetitive behavior. The food fed to the dogs was maggot infested rotten food waste slops.
At another dog farm, plastic bags, unrecognizable organs and a head of a dead dog were floating around in the dogs’ food bin. The waste slop was rotten, fetid, black in color, but the hungry dogs had no choice but to eat it.
Why weren’t the dogs fed regular dog food, the reporter asked the farmer. “They need to be fed ‘Jjambap’ – food waste slop – as that makes the dog meat taste better,” replied the farmer. “People don’t buy dogs fed on dog food.”
The farm was filthy and sanitation conditions were in complete disarray. Carcasses of dead dogs laid in water bins while old waste and fur, as well as blood from the slaughter of the dogs, were scattered everywhere around the slaughterhouse. It looked as if it had been a very long time since the farm had been cleaned.
Experts warn that dog meat from dogs raised in this kind of environment are harmful to humans. Veterinarian Bo-Young Myeong of Veterinarians for the Abandoned Animals Association has said that there is slaughter waste, lead, heavy metals, and bacteria in the dogs’ feed, all of which can cause disease in people.
The reporter discovered that the claim that there is a specific ‘meat dog’ breed is far different than the reality. What he saw at the farms was purebred dogs that had had vocal cord removal surgery barking softly, and small dogs wagging their tails. Sick dogs from puppy mills and lost family pets have all ended up at the slaughterhouse.
Animal protection law that prohibits the killing of the same animal species in front of each other wasn’t being enforced. The dog farmer tells the reporter that for big dogs he uses a hammer because the dogs don’t die as easily with electricity. The law prohibiting all methods of inhumane slaughter was not being complied with.
Dog meat consumption is NOT LEGAL in South Korea. However, the majority of Koreans show a profound indifference to both the law and any moral principles by doing nothing at all to stop the dog-meat trade saying that there are no laws to ban this industry. That is just an excuse to allow the dog meat industry to continue operating for fear of upsetting the industry and the dog eaters.
As you can see from this report, the horrific dog meat trade continues and the dogs are suffering immensely. Every year, dogs are being brutally tortured and eaten as if it was completely legal, and this will continue until the laws are enforced.
Dutch: VLEESHONDEN IN DRAADKOOIEN OP AFVALWATER VAN BEDORVEN VOEDSEL, TERWIJL ZIJ WACHTEN OM GESLACHT TE WORDEN.
Danish: Koreas såkaldte ”kød-hunde” opholder sig i trådbure og lever af råddent madaffald og snavset vand, mens de venter på at blive slagtet.
Finnish: Metallihäkeissä pidettäville lihakoirille syötetään pilaantunutta ruokaa kun ne odottavat teurastusvuoroaan.
French: Des chiens destinés à la consommation en cage avec des aliments pourris.
Greek: Οι σκύλοι που προορίζονται για σφαγή και φάγωμα μέσα σε συρμάτινα κλουβιά τρέφονται με σούπες από σάπια υπολείμματα τροφίμων.
Hungarian: A fémketrecben lévő kutyákat rothadt élelmiszer-hulladékkal etetik, miközben arra várnak, hogy lemészárolják őket.
Italian: CANI DA CARNE IN GABBIE METALLICHE SI ALIMENTANO DI CIBO IMMONDO E PUTRIDO MENTRE ATTENDONO DI ESSERE MACELLATI.
Portuguese: CÃES ENJAULADOS E ALIMENTADOS COM COMIDA PODRE, ENQUANTO ESPERAM A MORTE.
Spanish: Perros para consumo esperan la muerte hacinados en jaulas de metal y alimentados con basura.