English Caption – “S. Korea – Dog Meat Industry’s Harmful Effects and Reasons for Opposition”

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Produced by Korean Animal Welfare Association.
2005. According to the Extract Process Association’s statistics,

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each year the number of dogs slaughtered for consumption is approximately 500,000 for meat and approximately 800,000 for dog elixir.

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However, in reality since a lot of dogs are being raised in private houses for consumption,

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slaughters that aren’t counted is far more than these numbers and it is estimated that number will approach 2 million.

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What kind of environment are these countless dogs slaughtered being raised?

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And what kinds of problem does the logic that defends dog meat consumption hold?

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Inhumane Breeding Environment

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Since the ancient time, dogs have formed relationship with human as the closest animals.

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However, the way they are bred presently, dogs are forced to suppress that human friendly nature,

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in tiny and filthy spaces with severe emotional stress their entire lives

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and slaughtered brutally.

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Dogs have ambivalent nature.

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As an animal with the longest history of being part of human society, they are friendly to human by nature.

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On the other hand, since their ancestors are known to be wolves or Coyotes,

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they also have instinctive aggressive nature.

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Because of that and due to the severe stress from being bred in small and terrible conditions,

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naturally they can show aggressiveness and in this process, cruelty against them is committed frequently.

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Antibiotic Abuse Due to Unsanitary Breeding Environment

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Presently most of the dogs are being raised in extremely unsanitary condition.

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In these environment, dogs can easily be contracted with Parvovirus Enteritis, Canine Distemper or Brucella.

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Because of large amount of antibiotics is often used

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when these meat are consumed, antibiotic that remains in the meat is directly transferred and accumulated in human body

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and becomes a serious threat to human health.

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Cruelty During Slaughter

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Methods of slaughter mostly used are electrocution and strangulation by hanging.

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Many people mistakenly think the electrocution as a euthanasia, but this is equally cruel.

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Under the current law, electrocution is not a slaughter method that kills the animal

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but only a method to make them pass out before the slaughter.

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Electrocution can cause general paralysis but it takes a long time until the animals are completely killed.

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Because of this, dogs shocked by electricity physically paralyzed but still alive are forced to endure

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excruciating pain inside the fur removal rotating drum dying slowly in pure shock and horror.

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Fabrication of Argument to Legalize Dog Meat by Categorizing Dogs as for Meat and for Pet

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In reality, in the markets that sells dogs for meat, you can easily find the typical breeds of dogs that are raised as pets.

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Categorizing the dogs as for meat and for pet is only a human’s arbitrary categorization.

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Regardless of how they are categorized, they all feel the extreme suffering and fear.

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Furthermore, because of the belief that this is a traditional food culture hidden inside the dog meat consumption

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even if the dog meat consumption become illegal it is likely that slaughter of dogs in the private residences is likely to continue.

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Fabrication of Argument that Legal Slaughter is Humane and Painless

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The slaughter process of animals slaughtered under the current law such as cows, pigs and chickens

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causes excruciating pain beyond imagination.

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In current environment where the measure for humane slaughter isn’t available even for the legal livestock animals

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slaughtering dogs humanely will be almost impossible.

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Mass Breeding Through Legalization of Dog Meat Will Only Increase the Harmful Effects of Livestock Industry…

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Most of the meat that we consumed today are from mass breeding factory farms.

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These are operated at the expense of excruciating sufferings of animals

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and it is the main culprit of enormous destruction of environment.

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Furthermore, the amount of grain used to breed these animals is staggering and greater than needed to save the human dying of starvation.

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It’s obvious that as the number of industrialized animals grows, these harmful effect will only increase.

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Culture Changes.

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One of the strongest arguments defending dog meat consumption is that it is our traditional food culture.

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However, how long should we continue as a tradition

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a practice carried out by necessity when the food was scarce?

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England’s fox hunting that has been an old tradition already has become illegal.

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As a result of persistent effort opposing its cruelty, Spain’s old tradition of bullfighting became illegal as well.

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2007. Bullfighting legally banned in Barcelona, Spain.

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As you have seen, expanding beyond human right, attitude of how the animals are treated

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will the standard for judging moral superiority of a society in the future.

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To live up to the ever increasing demand for ethical treatment of animals and to become aware of the suffering of other lives,

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we must decisively change our thinking and change our eating habits.

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This is not only for the animals but most of all for us human beings.

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Korean Animal Welfare Association
www.animals.or.kr

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