English Caption – South Korea’s Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry – “Two faces of Traditional Markets”

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Moran Market, Seongnam-city, Kyunggido-Province, S. Korea (In the vicinities of Seoul)

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In Moran Market, live animals are displayed and slaughtered on the spot when sold.

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The butchering of dogs is not legal in Korea but the standard of dog slaughter prohibition

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is unclear, leaving the law in the gray area.

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Whether it rains or shines, the dogs await their time for death while on display.

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While waiting their cruel death, they are fed the organs of their slaughtered friends.

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Bargaining that brings death

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A man is negotiating the price of a dog.

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The owner recommends several dogs to the man.

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dogs that would have lived happily had they met kind loving owners.

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The haggling resumes for some time and finally a dog is chosen and yanked out of the cage by the rope around his neck

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But the man seems unsatisfied as he continues picking out another dog.

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In the next store another bargaining is taking place.

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Vendors lift up the head of a dead dog on a scale to lure customers

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Below are the companions of the dead dog waiting for their turn to go up the scale

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Upon following the sound of a shrill sound

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a wild boar is squealing in terror as its time of death has arrived.

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Oblivious to its own fate, a Malamute from the dog meat market is barking at the boar.

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Before, only the carcasses of big dogs were put on display,

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but now there are those of small dogs as well.

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A vendor points to a mongrel (Balari) crouched fearfully inside a cage

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and emphasizes that the carcass on display is also a mongrel but it’s doubtful.

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The harsh reality of the Korean dog meat trade is that there are too many instances of pets that were once brought up in homes being sold to these markets.

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Another dark side of Moran Market
The Reality of former pet distribution

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Right in front of the dog meat market, various purebred dogs and cats are being sold.

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Most of them are from farms

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but some are believed to be abandoned, some strays that were caught.

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Inside a small cage dogs are spending their time in fear as they fight each other due to stress,

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without being given a drop of water and can’t even fully stretch.

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A Shi-tzu that was attacked by its companion awaits its death in corner while yelping in pain.

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This vendor as he did the year before lays these sick dogs out

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in the market ground under the merciless sun without giving them a single drop of water.

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Pets on display in the slaughterhouse

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At the dog meat market where pet dogs are placed on display a Cocker Spaniel happily wags its tail not knowing what cruel fate awaits.

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It was once popular to own a Cocker Spaniel, perhaps more the reason why they are abandoned.

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Inside the market lie the equipment used to process the dead dogs.

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The dogs once household pets are now degraded to the status of a mere mutt

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sold off at a cheap price or distributed to restaurants or so called “health food places”

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without even being put on display where they are made into dog elixir (“Dog Soju”).

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The cruel electric shock slaughter

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A Malamute resists violently as it is being dragged off to someplace

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urinating and defecating along the way as if it sensed its own death.

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Immediately, an electric rod is thrust at the Malamute which only paralyzes it

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and fails to kill him immediately. The rod is continuously shoved into his mouth.

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When its torturer finally loses patience, he starts burning his hair with blow torch while he is still half-alive.

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The road to death

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A mutt dehydrated severely due to the scorching heat and long hours of transport

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is on the road to his death.

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It is so tired it could hardly walk

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but has to get up and walk again as it is forced up but falls down again

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with complete exhaustion as it can’t take another step.

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A vendor finally ‘taking pity’ on the dog, gives it a bowl of water.

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That bowl of water which was like the water of life to its dehydrated body

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A brutal harsh reality in which it has to be thankful for a cool gulp of water in the face of death.

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Human’s categorization of “Meat Dog” vs “Pet Dog” can’t change the nature of these dogs which are all our companion animals.

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Dogs are companion animals. They are not for us to eat.

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Please extend a helping, if not life-saving hand to these poor and innocent animals.

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