Produced by Korean Animal Welfare Association.
2005. According to the Extract Process Association’s statistics,
each year the number of dogs slaughtered for consumption is approximately 500,000 for meat and approximately 800,000 for dog elixir.
However, in reality since a lot of dogs are being raised in private houses for consumption,
slaughters that aren’t counted is far more than these numbers and it is estimated that number will approach 2 million.
What kind of environment are these countless dogs slaughtered being raised?
And what kinds of problem does the logic that defends dog meat consumption hold?
Inhumane Breeding Environment
Since the ancient time, dogs have formed relationship with human as the closest animals.
However, the way they are bred presently, dogs are forced to suppress that human friendly nature,
in tiny and filthy spaces with severe emotional stress their entire lives
and slaughtered brutally.
Dogs have ambivalent nature.
As an animal with the longest history of being part of human society, they are friendly to human by nature.
On the other hand, since their ancestors are known to be wolves or Coyotes,
they also have instinctive aggressive nature.
Because of that and due to the severe stress from being bred in small and terrible conditions,
naturally they can show aggressiveness and in this process, cruelty against them is committed frequently.
Antibiotic Abuse Due to Unsanitary Breeding Environment
Presently most of the dogs are being raised in extremely unsanitary condition.
In these environment, dogs can easily be contracted with Parvovirus Enteritis, Canine Distemper or Brucella.
Because of large amount of antibiotics is often used
when these meat are consumed, antibiotic that remains in the meat is directly transferred and accumulated in human body
and becomes a serious threat to human health.
Cruelty During Slaughter
Methods of slaughter mostly used are electrocution and strangulation by hanging.
Many people mistakenly think the electrocution as a euthanasia, but this is equally cruel.
Under the current law, electrocution is not a slaughter method that kills the animal
but only a method to make them pass out before the slaughter.
Electrocution can cause general paralysis but it takes a long time until the animals are completely killed.
Because of this, dogs shocked by electricity physically paralyzed but still alive are forced to endure
excruciating pain inside the fur removal rotating drum dying slowly in pure shock and horror.
Fabrication of Argument to Legalize Dog Meat by Categorizing Dogs as for Meat and for Pet
In reality, in the markets that sells dogs for meat, you can easily find the typical breeds of dogs that are raised as pets.
Categorizing the dogs as for meat and for pet is only a human’s arbitrary categorization.
Regardless of how they are categorized, they all feel the extreme suffering and fear.
Furthermore, because of the belief that this is a traditional food culture hidden inside the dog meat consumption
even if the dog meat consumption become illegal it is likely that slaughter of dogs in the private residences is likely to continue.
Fabrication of Argument that Legal Slaughter is Humane and Painless
The slaughter process of animals slaughtered under the current law such as cows, pigs and chickens
causes excruciating pain beyond imagination.
In current environment where the measure for humane slaughter isn’t available even for the legal livestock animals
slaughtering dogs humanely will be almost impossible.
Mass Breeding Through Legalization of Dog Meat Will Only Increase the Harmful Effects of Livestock Industry…
Most of the meat that we consumed today are from mass breeding factory farms.
These are operated at the expense of excruciating sufferings of animals
and it is the main culprit of enormous destruction of environment.
Furthermore, the amount of grain used to breed these animals is staggering and greater than needed to save the human dying of starvation.
It’s obvious that as the number of industrialized animals grows, these harmful effect will only increase.
One of the strongest arguments defending dog meat consumption is that it is our traditional food culture.
However, how long should we continue as a tradition
a practice carried out by necessity when the food was scarce?
England’s fox hunting that has been an old tradition already has become illegal.
As a result of persistent effort opposing its cruelty, Spain’s old tradition of bullfighting became illegal as well.
2007. Bullfighting legally banned in Barcelona, Spain.
As you have seen, expanding beyond human right, attitude of how the animals are treated
will the standard for judging moral superiority of a society in the future.
To live up to the ever increasing demand for ethical treatment of animals and to become aware of the suffering of other lives,
we must decisively change our thinking and change our eating habits.
This is not only for the animals but most of all for us human beings.
Korean Animal Welfare Association