Chobok (First of 3 dog eating days of summer) – Controversy over dog meat in South Korea
This is a translation of news reported in July 2012 on TBS News: Chobok (First of 3 dog eating days of summer) – Controversy over dog meat in South Korea 초복, 개고기에 대한 엇갈린 시선.
English Caption Transcript
Seongnam Moran Market.
4 days ahead of Chobok (First of the 3 dog meat eating days of summer in Korea) last Sunday, there’s an uproar at the entrance to the largest dog meat market, Seongnam Moran Market.
An animal rights activist group is protesting against dog and cat meat consumption.
Stop the dog meat consumption! Stop! Stop!
South Korea must enact a law banning dog and cat consumption immediately! Enact! Enact!
They even stage a performance re-enacting this market’s imprisonment of dogs cramped tightly into cages.
As a matter of fact, we found a dog truck near the area where the protest was taking place.
Dogs are pressed down by the cages, unable to stretch or move. The cruel act of stuffing many dogs tightly into small cages is seen.
They are barking in agony but can’t even move an inch.
The dog meat controversy has been hotly debated for a long time.
There are disagreements but most people’s position is that other people’s food preference must be respected.
Hyeok-Seong Kwon, Bundang, Gyeonggi-do.
People are free to eat whatever they want because it’s their preference. The problem with dogs meat is its distribution process.
People have the freedom to eat whatever but the dogs are stuffed into cages so the distribution process needs to improve.
Yeon-Hwa Lee, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam, Seoul.
I think they should be protected. That’s because I have pet dogs and they are lovable to me.
Ji-Won Baek, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do.
I don’t like seeing dogs being boiled alive and their fur removed whilst they are still alive so I don’t eat it.
Most people pointed out that the slaughter process is extremely cruel or unsanitary and the cruelty to the animals is a serious concern.
We investigated the dog meat distribution process with an animal protection organization.
A potential customer puts a snare on a dog and examines her from all sides.
As the dog is struck with an electrical shocker, her body jerks and she is incapacitated.
Dog butcher: This dog was strong. Her meat is not greasy and it’s good quality.
(Talking to a dog in a cage) You live because this one was chosen. Ha-ha…
Beagles and Shih Tzus were exceptions. They are abandoned former pets.
The slaughter takes place at the rear end of the market. The floor is very dirty.
The sanitation issue is serious.
We examined a dog farm in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do.
Dogs are held captive in cages full of excrement and maggots.
Not only are they fed decomposed food waste but some places even feed them dead dogs!
Despite the current state, there is absolutely no government agency that regulates or is responsible for the dog meat distribution process.
It’s difficult to know even if meat from dogs with diseases is distributed to unsuspecting customers.
According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of cows and pigs must be performed only at licensed places and
livestock sanitation inspectors and auditors with veterinary qualification must thoroughly inspect the slaughterhouses.
However, dogs are excluded from the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act!
It’s because the government is aware of the international public opinion regarding the dog meat consumption.
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Dog meat is not regulated under the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act. Dog meat is very controversial.
We cannot easily legalize the dog meat industry because of the animal protection groups and other countries that think it’s barbaric to eat dogs.
That’s why we cannot regulate the current dog meat industry.
According to the dog meat traders at the Seongnam Moran Market, the number of dogs sold there is about 1,000 per day.
They are mostly sold to the dog meat restaurants around Seoul and Gyeonggi-do regions.
“Disgusting food” or “Summer health food”?
The dog meat consumption issue remains very controversial.
Its distribution process is rife with illegalities and lawlessness.