English Caption for “Eating Former Pets – S. Korea’s Dog and Cat Meat Industry (Part 1 of 2)”: http://youtu.be/JOoB4n7jHqA
These diners think they are only eating dogs raised as meat and not the pets that share the rapport with human.
Man interviewed: I eat a lot of dog meat but never get tired of it.
Man interviewed: They don’t make meat with purebred pet dogs. Mostly we eat dogs such as mutts like the “Dung-dogs”.
So are we eating only the dogs raised as meat?
Man interviewed: Of course, we only eat those dogs.
Are we really eating only the dogs that are raised as meat?
We heard a shocking story from a former dog trader.
Former Dog Trader: If you slaughter and process a dog and you can’t tell if it was a purebred pet or a meat dog. In “Gae Soju” (Dog Elixir) places, several small pet dogs are used and will be just as much as a large meat dog.
Former Dog Trader: Larger purebred dogs such as Cocker Spaniels, Schnauzers, Shi h Tzu are all used as meat. A large number of dogs distributed in the meat market are purebred pet dogs and even the sick pet dogs are eaten.
Former Dog Trader: The ones that are distributed into the meat market are the ones that are not usable as pets or sick with skin or respiratory ailments and the owner doesn’t want to spend the money to treat them.
This video is recorded by the former dog trader. The content of this video was shocking.
A dog farm in Gyeonggido-province. We can see not only the large dog raised as meat but ones that looks like purebreds.
Moreover, we can see the small pet dogs such as Schnauzer.
This man is dragging a dog somewhere.
Upon following him, he is hanging a dog with a rope around his neck.
Voice: He looks like his meat is going to be good.
He is a Schnauzer known as a pet dog. He is trying to breath with all the strength left in him while his neck is being tightened.
He seems to be suffering tremendously. With all the strength left in him he is struggling to set free.
The man who hanged him give a crushing blow to the head with a wooden stick.
He throws down the dead dog.
He starts to burn the dog’s hair with blowtorch.
The pet dog that was running around only minutes ago is now turned into a meat.
Dog Slaughterhouse. The tape had another video of pet dog slaughter.
Inside the slaughterhouse, people are in the middle of processing a pet dog just slaughtered.
On one corner, we see a pet dog that was just slaughtered.
The dog is put into a big pot containing boiling water. This makes it easier to remove the dog’s hair.
Next, the dog is put into a hair removing machine and the machine spins around.
Black hair along with water comes out of the machine.
In this station, even though his hair is all gone, the dog is being burn with a blowtorch.
He says that’s because people prefers the meat with slightly burned smell.
On the cement floor, he continues the processing of this dog with bare hands. The tape included the scene of a pet dog being turned into dog meat.
Man 1: Looks tasty. It’s a good quality meat. Is it OK?
Man 2: It looks good.
Former Dog Trader: Pet dogs are cheaper. They are sold per dog and not by weight at discount.
They use it as meat because they are cheap.
PD: But it’s against conscience…
Former Dog Trader: In order to be in this trade you can’t have conscience. If you think about conscience, you can’t be a dog trader.
Moran Market in Seongnam-city.
Is it possible that the informant’s tip about pet dogs being used as meat is not a common occurrence?
We visited a market known to be the largest distributor of dog meat.
The merchant shows the dog to be slaughtered to the customer.
In this place dogs are slaughtered on the spot. The dog that was just slaughtered moments ago is put on display right next to the live dogs in the cage.
They are mostly large meat dogs.
We approached closer.
They look like meat dogs and not pet dogs.
Dog meat being cut up on the cutting board looks very large.
Dog meat in the refrigerator were all cut up by different parts but looks to be of a very large dog.
Merchant: Stomach and the hind leg. This is a quarter of a dog.
Undercover: Do you have a pet dog?
Merchant: No. We don’t. As you can see there are no small dogs here.
Merchants deny that they distribute pet dogs as meat.
However, even though they are dogs raised as meat, the way they handle these dogs are too rough and cruel.
Stuffing many dogs into small cage is known as “Gae Dduk (meaning “Dogcake”)” and you can see these “Gae Dduk”s everywhere.
They even kill the dogs right in front of the waiting customers with electrocution probe.
As if this was this market’s featured specialty product, you can easily witness the killing of dogs.
We continued to look around the market to see if there are any dogs that are pet dogs.
We found a foreign breed dog in one of the cages. It’s a beagle that is normally a pet dog.
Undercover: Is that beagle for meat?
Merchant: No. There is no place to put him so I keep him in the cage. That dog is a pet so it’s not for meat.
As we show the interest on the beagle, the merchant moves the beagle to somewhere not visible.
However, he tells another story to someone else.
Merchant: Buy this dog! If you don’t buy, it will end up in refrigerator the day after tomorrow.
Suspecting the pet dogs are being sold as meat, we went around to the rear alley where general public are usually not around.
Dog slaughterhouses are all located closed together here.
Dogs in the cages seem to be all large meat dogs.
We went deeper into the alley.
We see small dogs that looks like pets in the cages.
A man taking a Shih Tzu which is popular as a pet hanging by his neck and taking him somewhere.
Upon following him, it was a slaughter room. To prevent him from moving, he is tied to a pole and pulled.
As the dog has sensed his death, he struggles to set free.
The dog has stopped moving. He is killed with electrocution probe.
As per the informant’s statement, the former pets are being distributed as meat in this market.
If then, isn’t there problems with processing these dogs? We observed one slaughterhouse.
At first, between the legs are cut up with the knife. And then the man put his hand into the dog’s stomach and take out the organs and intestines.
After that, he attaches something on a water hose and twists.
It was a nozzle on a water hose.
This time he grab the knife again and carefully cuts a certain part of the dog’s organ.
And in that organ, he attaches the hose and fills it with water.
And then for about 10 minutes, leaves the hose there.
After the hose that was filling the water is removed, the dog is swollen compared to before. See the before (top) and after (bottom).
Weight of the dog has been increased by filling the body with water.
After the water is absorbed into the flesh and the dog became bigger the dismemberment process starts.
After the process, the dog is put into a black plastic bag and put into a car. We decided to follow this car.
The place the car arrive is a local dog meat restaurant.
As we went into the restaurant we can see the black plastic bag that was just dropped off.
However, this restaurant owner didn’t know that this dog meat has been filled up with water.
Undercover: I ‘ve heard that the meats get filled up with water.
Restaurant owner: I get into big trouble if I were to sell that kind of meat. I have been in this business for 30 years.
A few days later on a market day, we revisited this market.
There is a section of the market that is supposed to be for the pet dogs.
We were curious so we asked merchant if he can slaughter one of these pet dogs for us.
Undercover: Can you sell these dogs as meat?
Merchant: Are you two together?
Undercover: Yes. We are together.
Merchant: Slaughter one “Balbari” (a type of pet dog). To feed how many?
Undercover: About 4.
Merchant: It’s quite enough for 4 people. It weighs at least 7 Geun (Korean metric for weight).
Merchant: It only costs 5,000 Won (approx 4.50 USD) to slaughter this dog.
Undercover: So there is a place that will slaughter this dog for us?
Merchant: Yes. You have to pay 30,000 Won if you go to a country market.
Undercover: For the dog and for slaughter service combined?
Merchant: It’s only 25,000 Won here.
Undercover: Let me look around some more.
Merchant: This is the best you will find…very heavy too. There is no one who will give you better deal.
Shockingly, even the pet dog merchants were selling pet dogs as meat.
Merchant: For 3 dogs, 45,000 Won.
Undercover: How much do they weigh?
Merchant: About 13-14 Geun. This one is 55,000 Won but 50,000. We will slaughtered them into meat…make it very clean for you. It’s tasty.
This time we changed our question and asked if they had pet dog meat?
Undercover: Let’s see some Balbari (a type of pet dog in Korea).
As we did not use the word “pet dog” the merchant takes us inside the store and show us the small dogs that are on display.
Merchant: Here are some more.
Undercover: How much are these?
Merchant: 50,000 Won.
Undercover: How much do they weigh?
Merchant: About 10 Geun each. People who asks for these (pet dogs) only buys these.
There are several pet dogs in a hidden area inside.
Undercover: Are those dogs the ones that are displayed here?
Merchant: No. We are going to sell those live.
They are saying they do not slaughter pet dogs.
It was the same story for other stores.
Undercover: Give me the smallest Balbari.
Merchant: The smallest…these two… 20,000 won each.
As if they were disgusted themselves, they were selling these dogs with the heads covered in black plastic bags.
More shockingly, with these small pet dogs they will make “Gae Soju”(means “dog elixir”)
Undercover: Can you make it with the small pet dogs?
Merchant: Yes. We can.
This place has small pet dogs inside the store where it’s less visible.
However, in the place too they are saying that these dogs are not for meat.
Undercover: Are those small dogs for meat?
Merchant: Someone in the country has left them with us temporarily.
Is it true what they are saying about these small dogs not being for meat?
We decided to purchase them and examine them.
We took the dog meat we purchased to a pet hospital and asked the veterinarian to give us an expert opinion.
Veterinarian: Big eyes and short snout is generally characteristics of either a Shi Tzu or Pekingese. This dog is very close to Shi Tzu.
Veterinarian: Long mouth, long body and long legs. This dog looks like a popular pet dog, Maltese.
PD: Is there a possibility that these dogs could be yellow dog (typical meat dog) puppies?
Veterinarian: No. There is 0% possibility that these are meat dog puppies. They are definitely pet dogs.
Dog meat that people have been eating as health food for a long time.
However, did you know? The inconvenient truth that a large percentage of dogs you were eating were actually pet dogs?
Soyeon Park (CARE): Consumers can believe that they do not eat pet dogs and they only eat meat dogs.
However, all dogs should be treated as equal.
For small pet dogs less than 10% of the people takes care of these dogs until their full life expectancy.
Remaining 90% of these small pet dogs get sold to the dog meat farm or to dog elixir places or as dog meat. That is the reality.
A large portion of dog meat a lot of people eat are former pet dogs that used to share companionship with us and the small pet dogs are being used as dog elixir.