English Caption for “South Korea’s Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry – “Two faces of Traditional Markets”: http://youtu.be/LHn8IDRdprE
Moran Market, Seongnam-city, Kyunggido-Province, S. Korea (In the vicinities of Seoul)
In Moran Market, live animals are displayed and slaughtered on the spot when sold.
The butchering of dogs is not legal in Korea but the standard of dog slaughter prohibition
is unclear, leaving the law in the gray area.
Whether it rains or shines, the dogs await their time for death while on display.
While waiting their cruel death, they are fed the organs of their slaughtered friends.
Bargaining that brings death
A man is negotiating the price of a dog.
The owner recommends several dogs to the man.
dogs that would have lived happily had they met kind loving owners.
The haggling resumes for some time and finally a dog is chosen and yanked out of the cage by the rope around his neck
But the man seems unsatisfied as he continues picking out another dog.
In the next store another bargaining is taking place.
Vendors lift up the head of a dead dog on a scale to lure customers
Below are the companions of the dead dog waiting for their turn to go up the scale
Upon following the sound of a shrill sound
a wild boar is squealing in terror as its time of death has arrived.
Oblivious to its own fate, a Malamute from the dog meat market is barking at the boar.
Before, only the carcasses of big dogs were put on display,
but now there are those of small dogs as well.
A vendor points to a mongrel (Balari) crouched fearfully inside a cage
and emphasizes that the carcass on display is also a mongrel but it’s doubtful.
The harsh reality of the Korean dog meat trade is that there are too many instances of pets that were once brought up in homes being sold to these markets.
Another dark side of Moran Market
The Reality of former pet distribution
Right in front of the dog meat market, various purebred dogs and cats are being sold.
Most of them are from farms
but some are believed to be abandoned, some strays that were caught.
Inside a small cage dogs are spending their time in fear as they fight each other due to stress,
without being given a drop of water and can’t even fully stretch.
A Shi-tzu that was attacked by its companion awaits its death in corner while yelping in pain.
This vendor as he did the year before lays these sick dogs out
in the market ground under the merciless sun without giving them a single drop of water.
Pets on display in the slaughterhouse
At the dog meat market where pet dogs are placed on display a Cocker Spaniel happily wags its tail not knowing what cruel fate awaits.
It was once popular to own a Cocker Spaniel, perhaps more the reason why they are abandoned.
Inside the market lie the equipment used to process the dead dogs.
The dogs once household pets are now degraded to the status of a mere mutt
sold off at a cheap price or distributed to restaurants or so called “health food places”
without even being put on display where they are made into dog elixir (“Dog Soju”).
The cruel electric shock slaughter
A Malamute resists violently as it is being dragged off to someplace
urinating and defecating along the way as if it sensed its own death.
Immediately, an electric rod is thrust at the Malamute which only paralyzes it
and fails to kill him immediately. The rod is continuously shoved into his mouth.
When its torturer finally loses patience, he starts burning his hair with blow torch while he is still half-alive.
The road to death
A mutt dehydrated severely due to the scorching heat and long hours of transport
is on the road to his death.
It is so tired it could hardly walk
but has to get up and walk again as it is forced up but falls down again
with complete exhaustion as it can’t take another step.
A vendor finally ‘taking pity’ on the dog, gives it a bowl of water.
That bowl of water which was like the water of life to its dehydrated body
A brutal harsh reality in which it has to be thankful for a cool gulp of water in the face of death.
Human’s categorization of “Meat Dog” vs “Pet Dog” can’t change the nature of these dogs which are all our companion animals.
Dogs are companion animals. They are not for us to eat.
Please extend a helping, if not life-saving hand to these poor and innocent animals.
Produced by Korean Society for Animal Freedom