End the Asian Dog Meat Trade
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A large number of people in South Korea as well as in China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, consume dog meat. The sad fact is that in many places where dog meat is consumed, the dogs raised for food commonly endure a lifetime of abuse and often are slaughtered in a manner that is nightmarish in its brutality. Two places in particular where this is true are South Korea and the Philippines.
Dog meat farms primarily raise a type of large, yellow, mixed-breed dog common to South Korea. However, the abandonment of pets is common in South Korea, and small, purebred dogs fall victim to the dog meat trade, as well, after they are unceremoniously dumped into the streets by owners who have grown tired of them. Such abandoned dogs are picked up by a collector, stuffed into tiny wire cages filled to capacity with other such dogs, and taken to Moran Market (the largest dog meat market in the nation) and other smaller markets around the country to be slaughtered.
Half a million dogs are slaughtered annually in the Philippines. The Philippine dog meat trade is primarily centered in the city of Baguio, in the northern Luzon Island province of Benguet. Stray dogs are rounded up off the street and shipped up to six hours to the Benguet province in extremely inhumane conditions without food or water. Steel cans are forced onto their noses and their legs are tied behind their backs. Many of the dogs are people’s pets—some are still wearing collars around their necks.
Due to the stressful transportation methods, nearly half the dogs die before they reach their final destination. Sometimes 90 percent of the dogs die. Mortality rates are of no concern to the dog meat traders because the dead animals are processed along with the live ones.Behind closed doors, dogs are clubbed, their throats are cut, their fur is scorched off with a blow-torch, and their bodies are dismembered.
In Korea, from birth to slaughter, these dogs are kept in cramped rusty, cages stacked on top of each other. The method of slaughter is usually extremely (and even intentionally) brutal, and the dogs are often butchered in full view of the others.
Worst yet, dogs who are killed may be intentionally subjected to extreme fear and suffering and be killed via bludgeoning, hanging, or electrocution. At the open-air markets, dogs are often electrocuted and their necks are broken—all in plain sight to passers-by and the other dogs.
Many South Korean animal advocates see their nation’s hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics as an opportunity to focus international light on the practice, and in so doing finally bring an end to the deplorable dog meat trade.Let us help them put more pressure to end this slaughtering.
A lot of animal activists in Korea and other Asian countries risk their lives to save those dogs and they need our help.There are a lot of petitions circulating around the world to fight this so-called "tradition", but we need more and more people to voice out their anger at this practice and support those trying to save the animals.
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