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Shocking process of making cat soup

This is a clip from South Korean TV program “Channel A Young-Don Lee Producer’s Food X-File – Shocking process of making cat soup” originally aired on April 5, 2013.

Approximately 80% of South Koreans over age of 60 are suffering from arthritis. The pain can be severe enough to make daily life difficult and cure is almost impossible. However, we received a tip from someone about a miracle cure that washed away his arthritic pain. That miracle cure was none other than “cat soup(cat elixir)”… Is cat soup really effective? We will expose the shocking reality of the cat soup trade! Is it really safe to eat stray cats that are slaughtered at places where sanitary management cannot be regulated? Gruesome scene of illegal slaughter, if consumed without caution, it can bring serious consequences. We will expose the shocking reality that we investigated over period of 4 months.

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Undercover: Is this a warehouse that you use alone?
Health Food Center owner: We only do the butchering here.

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Owner lifts up a tent. There is a big cage hidden underneath it.

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The cage is full of cats. But why are these cats hidden?

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Owner: The reason why we hide them is because people who likes animal gets upset.

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Cats are crowded into one corner.

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The owner selects a few of them and orders her butcher to “work” on them.

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The butcher starts to take cats out of the cage using snare.

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Cat strangled with rope around her neck is trying to get away but she can’t.

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And then the “work” begins inside.

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The “work” means killing and getting cats ready to make into soup.

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Butchered cats are put into a big plastic basin.

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Butcher delivers the cats to the Health Food Center.

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At the Health Food Center, cats are washed and put into the pressure cooker in one piece.

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And then arthritis Chinese herbal medicine and water is poured into the cooker and boiled together.

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After boiling for almost 24 hours, the cat soup – known to be the miracle cure for arthritis – becomes completed.

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The owner boasts about the effectiveness of the cat soup.

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Owner: We will make it for you with care. We have a separate list of customers who order nothing but cats.

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The owner is showing us a notebook with the list of name of regular customers who only orders cat soup.

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We have customer who comes all the way from Busan through hearing our reputation.

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We have customers coming all the way from Seoul, Busan and even from Changryeong.

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The notebook has a list of customers, contact info and their order details.
“Cat-3, dog legs-2, 160,000 Korean won ($150 USD) ”
“Only cats-2”

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The owner boasts that their customer list is a proof that the cat soup is effective.

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Boiled for 24 hours, after squeezing everything including the bones, it becomes cat soup.

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They tell us the cats used for these soup are different.

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Owner: These are not pet cats. They are stray cats.

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Undercover: Are they ok to eat?
Owner: Dog farmers bring cats to us when they bring dogs.

  1. janaki munagala
    janaki munagalaDecember 19,13

    Killing animals for human consumption is immoral and unethical when other methods exist. this must be stopped everywhere immediately. all animal lovers should join their hands together to save animals and as well as our earth.

  2. hanne hansen
    hanne hansenDecember 19,13

    stop this old supersticion -get education instead

  3. EWA
    EWADecember 19,13

    STOP THIS!!!

  4. Mirjana
    MirjanaDecember 20,13

    STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP !!!

  5. Heather M. Blanck
    Heather M. BlanckDecember 22,13

    Disgusting……

  6. Heather M. Blanck
    Heather M. BlanckDecember 22,13

    HORRIBLE AND DISGUSTING

  7. Grace
    GraceJuly 1,15

    There’s no logical reason to be killing and eating dogs and cats. They don’t cure anything at all and why anyone would be so cruel and inhumane to any animal is far beyond any logical reasoning. Please stop this insanity, the animals don’t deserve the fate that you’re forcing them to suffer. You’re only needlessly hurting them. If you’re going to end an life then do it in a merciful manner, don’t prolong the torture of an animal.

  8. Nancy Safie
    Nancy SafieJuly 1,15

    BARBARIC. PEOPLE. $$ IS THEIR God, obviously!
    Absolutely disgusting; as they steal $$ from their own!!
    MORE than pathetic: absolutely no sense of right and wrong…..only consider how much $$ they can bring in!

  9. Gabriele fandry
    Gabriele fandryJuly 1,15

    Schluss mit den folterfeste von Hunde und Katzen

  10. Yonca Kasimaga
    Yonca KasimagaJuly 1,15

    STOP THIS SADISTIC EVIL TORTURE AND MURDER! I HATE CHINA AND KOREA DUE WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO THESE INNOCENT BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. STOP THIS EVIL BRUTAL ACT ! YOU NEED TO CURE YOUR SOUL AND HEART !

  11. Sunita Naskar
    Sunita NaskarJuly 1,15

    like a nightmare… 🙁

  12. Sylvia Barca
    Sylvia BarcaJuly 1,15

    I can’t stand it anymore! These low-life, sub-human pieces of garbage need to be torched and blown off the map! I’m so appalled by the way these innocent and poor voiceless animals are being brutally tortured and slaughtered by this sick disgusting species of pure evil! I don’t wish ill on anyone, but then again these are not human beings…they’re the devil’s spawn, and need to be destroyed! To ALL you lawmakers out there, start earning your money, and enforce strict animal rights laws, or get out of office…it’s that simple!!! I will no longer support anyone that allows such horrific abuse to animals to continue! Got it!!! ~ signed! I don’t think these petitions help very much…time to take matters into our own hands! How to start! And to the son of a b*tches taking the videos…you need to be hung!

  13. Maureen Smith
    Maureen SmithJune 13,17

    To the perpetrators- I humbly ask you to stop this evil. Show mercy and compassion to these poor animals. Stop torturing them, you never know you might heal your cruel hard hearts. Put yourselves or your children in their place, feel their pain and suffering. I hope the next world is a far better place than this.

  14. Joanne Swain
    Joanne SwainJune 14,17

    This is too shocking, unecessary and so very very cruel. Please stop this. Please have compassion for living things. God is watching

  15. Paul troalic
    Paul troalicJune 15,17

    I have now heard it all. These people are so backward they actually believe that the soup is a cure for arthritis.
    How absurd can you get. Clearly they suffer from a good education and the cats suffer as a result.

  16. perla Resendiz
    perla ResendizOctober 2,19

    stop doing this this is crazy

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