Exclusive Report: 2 million dogs in the dog farms … First ever nationwide survey of the current situation of ‘dog farms’
This is a translation of Korean news on JTBC, reported on September 9, 2015: [Exclusive Report] 2 million dogs in the dog farms … First ever nationwide survey of current situation of ‘dog farms’ [단독] 200만 마리가…전국 ‘개 사육장’ 첫 현황 조사
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[Exclusive Report] 2 million dogs in the dog farms … First ever nationwide survey of current conditions/situation of ‘dog farms’
Even though we eat dogs, officially we aren’t eating dogs and that’s our reality. Since that is the case, currently there are no regulations governing the processes of breeding, selling and buying meat dogs. The government has grasped the situation for the first time and found out that there are two million meat dogs nationwide. Dog farms which don’t even have excrement treatment facilities are countless.
A reporter, Young-Tak Yoo, brings you this exclusive report.
There are dozens of large vinyl houses where 4 to 5 dogs are cramped into each of the small cages.
Underneath the cages, excrement is piled up high.
There are over a thousand dogs being bred in this dog farm alone.
However, up until now, the government were not aware of how many of these dog farms existed.
That’s because there are no laws regulating it.
Seung-Rae Kim / Korea Animal Rights Advocates: In the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, dogs are excluded as livestock. That means slaughtering and distributing dogs is illegal.
In this current situation, we have confirmed that for the first time ever, the Ministry of Environment is currently in the process of identifying dog farms by each local municipality, nationwide.
First, the survey found that there are 719 dog farms breeding more than 100,000 dogs in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
Four out of ten dog farms were breeding 100 to 500 dogs and there were five places that were breeding over 1000 dogs.
216 tons of excrement are produced per day, but it cannot be determined to where 25 tons of this excrement is deposited.
National Assemblywoman Sang-Jeong Sim/ Environment and Labor Committee of National Assembly: Given the fact that the local governments have been ignoring this issue, our government must take the initiative to manage it directly.
Currently the survey is about 5% completed (progressed), and it is estimated that a whopping 2 million dogs are being bred in about 17,000 dog farms around the country.
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