Millions of Dogs in Korea beaten to death barbarically for dog meat.

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  1. Yashodhara

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    Millions of Dogs in Korea beaten to death barbarically for dog meat.
    This cruel practice must end.
    How you can help: - http://www.idausa.org/
    http://members.tripod.com/~animom/koreandogs.html

    If I told you In South Korea, it is common to eat dogs. This is not done in a humane manner, but by torturing them to death by hanging, strangulation,and beatings with such objects as bricks, large rocks, heavy rod-like objects and electrocution. They do this for long periods of time in order toterrorize and cause great suffering to the animal. They die a very slow andpainful death. This brutal execution is done to dogs, because many SouthKoreans believe the flesh from a dog who is tortured to death hasaphrodisiac qualities and tastes better. Some South Koreans torture cats by hitting them on the head repeatedly with hammers, by placing them in sackswhich are then pounded on the ground, or by other methods that produce slowand painful death. Dead cats are cooked along with ginger, dates andchestnuts to make a brown paste or "Liquid Cat" which is foolishly thoughtby many South Koreans to be a remedy for rheumatism and joint problems,"http://www.animal-lib.org.au/lists/korea/korea.shtml

    The Treatment of Dogs and Cats in Korea hanging dog. Should the brutal treatment and death of a dog or cat concern us more than if the same were done to a cow, or a sheep, or a chicken. It shouldn't, but animals that the "Western world" looks upon as companionanimals are treated very differently in Korea. Many Koreans still believe that if one eats dog meat from dogs that havebeen tortured to death, it will make them more sexually active. The marketing of dog meat as a health food was initiated and perpetuated by thedog meat dealers to keep their billion dollar businesses going. The rationale behind savagely beating a dog to death lies in the primitivenessthat when a dog is beaten they produce high levels of adrenaline hence theselling of their meat as a kind of "natural" viagra for impotence andvitality! This adrenaline rush is achieved by hanging dogs from ropes on trees and leaving them to slowly strangle to death, and then while still alive, theirfur is blowtorched off.

    Cats do not hold any position of affection in Korean society. They are not eaten as dogs are but many attempts have been made to eradicate them, not byhumane methods, but rather by beating the animals to death in sacks or, insome cases, boiling them alive in large pressure cookers to supply theinsatiable demand for another "herbal" remedy – although clearly animals donot fall into this category. The Korean government does not enforce its animal welfare laws so peoplemake an assumption that farming dogs, slaughtering them and selling theirmeat is legal. It is not. The sale and cooking of dogs is illegal underKorea's food and sanitation laws.

    http://www.idausa.org/news/currentnews/activists_stage_bark_in.html

    South Korea’s laws prohibiting the consumption of dogs and cats have beenroutinely ignored and disregarded by law enforcement. Korea’s Ministry forthe Office of Government Policy Coordination announced in January that it was to begin inspecting dog meat for sanitation, thus giving dog meat its seal of approval. The Government promised that it was backing away from thisdeplorable plan in February after being inundated with thousands of letters,phone calls, and e-mails from concerned citizens and animal protectionistsaround the world. However, the Government is once again leaning towardsupporting the Ministry’s back door efforts to legalize dog meat. Before dogs are killed for meat, they are often strung up by their legs and beaten. Dog butchers extol the virtues of their product, linking theadrenaline rush dogs experience as they are bludgeoned to death to enhancedmale virility. Cats fare no better—viewed as pest animals, they are boiledalive so their “juices” can be extracted for supposed health tonics whichbutchers claim can be used to treat rheumatism. “It’s inconceivable that as the rest of the modern world is strengtheninganimal protection laws, the Korean Government is allowing ‘man’s bestfriends’ to be boiled alive, beaten, butchered, and eaten under its knowing watch,” says IDA president and founder Elliot M. Katz, DVM.

    For more information on IDA and its Korean Animals Campaign, please visit http://www.IDAUSA.org.

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    Animal Freedom Korea, please
    visit : http://www.animalkorea.org
    http://www.oozemagazine.co.uk/korea.htm

    Scandal in South Korea.

    You may find this article extremely harrowing It sounds mediaeval doesn't it, a country where dogs and cats, loved ascompanion animals around the globe, are served up as a 'gourmet' food. Yet this is the reality today in South Korea. Many Koreans claim that eating dogs is a long tradition although othersbelieve that eating dogs only began as a result of the Korean war, when starvation was rife. The popularity today has come about because dog dealers and restaurants began to invent stories about the health benefits tobe gained from eating dog meat. In order to meet the demand for dog meat (estimated at 2-2.8 million dogs and cats per year), farms exist throughout the country to breed these animals for slaughter. Dog meat, at £15 Sterling per kilo, costs more than beef and is eaten more than lamb.Dogs can commonly be seen in Korean markets being killed (hopefully) by hammer blows to the head before being skinned. Sometimes the dog iselectrified instead, with electrodes fixed to the tongue. Yet another favoured method is slow strangulation by hanging. The flesh is then singedby a blowtorch to improve its appearance. On some occasions, the animal remains alive throughout, eventually dying from shock. This is all performed in full view of other dogs crammed in cages awaiting the same fate. The Koreans actually believe that the adrenaline released into the dogs'bloodstreams by their sheer terror and agony will increase the sexual potency of the consumer.

    Shocking eye-witness testimony. Not surprisingly, photographs of this form of "slaughter" are difficult to obtain. The following is an account from an eye-witness, "The reason why dogs are beaten for so long is that there is a belief that the slower & more painful the death is, the more potent the dog's meat willbe. Killing the dog slowly causes the dog's adrenaline to flow, and this flow of adrenaline throughout the dog is believed to increase theaphrodisiac power of the meat. While the dog is slowly being killed, it isof course screaming in pain, and trying to resist the grip of the man doingthe killing. One method is to tie the dog from his hind legs upside down.(All other accounts say that the dog is hung from the neck). The man or men than beat the dog's body all over with clubs or bats. Beating it this way issaid to do two things. One is to increase the flow of adrenalin and theother is to tenderize the meat."While the dog is being beaten, it gets to the point where it urinates and defecates on itself, and the urine and faeces typically flow down the dog'sbody, getting in its eyes and causing more pain. Eventually, during this intensive beating, blood flows out of the dog's mouth and nose due tointernal bleeding, and it finally dies. This beating process has no settime....It can be a few minutes or it can take an hour, depending on the mandoing the killing and how much he is into the belief that beating it slowlyis best for a quality aphrodisiac. I hope this clarifies why the dogs are beaten first. In a large facility, the dogs may not be hung by their hindlegs. Instead the man enters the large dog cage, selects the dog, grabs it,and while holding it by the neck, begins to beat it in the head in order tocrush the skull. Of course, there are so many methods of beating the dogsbecause there is no regulation on this."CATS Although cats are eaten in South Korea, it is more usual for them to berendered into a "medicine" to treat rheumatism and arthritis. Unlike dogs, cats are not bred on specialist farms. This would not be cost effective when there are always starving strays. These are collected in sacks and, if lucky, are beaten to death with either a stick or hammer blows to the head. More commonly, they are boiled alive with herbs (sometimes after having their limbs broken to reduce their ability to struggle) until their flesh liquifies. The resulting "liquid cat" (known as "Goyangi soju") is then soldin small sachets. An average size cat, when cooked with dates, herbs andchestnuts, will produce 20-25 of these sachets.

    Shocking Eye-witness Testimony.

    The following is an eye-witness account, reported to the Korean Animal Protection Society (KAPS) by one of its members, Miss Mun Juyoung."While passing by the Kyoung-il Health Food Restaurant, Miss Mun looked inthrough the window and saw a middle aged women walking slowly among the rowsof hissing and boiling cauldrons. In her arms she held a cat, who seemed undisturbed by the water on the floor or the stream so thick in the air. Stopping at one of the hot kettles, the women sniffed once and dropped thecat in to the boiling water. Hideously scalded by the boiling water the catscreamed and clawed its way out but, the blank-faced woman, pushed it backin the water with a stick over and over again until the cat finally lostconsciousness. The woman fished it out once more, the cat mewing and whimpering in pain, whereupon the woman pushed it back in for the final time."
     
  2. Denaluvscorgis

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    This is without a doubt one of the most disturbing things that I have ever heard!!! :( Those people should be tortured like that!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. beagle_lovergirl

    beagle_lovergirl Stare at my avatar....

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    No wonder the "health food restaurant"(as THEY call it) is called Kyoung-ILL! How can they do such a thing!
     
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    if this is true, why is it so hard to get photographs of such a "common" practice? and what am i suppose to do to stop it? i stopped reading when i got down to the eye wittness account, i hate this, i hate reading about it, i don't know why as a society it would be tolerated. and i don't know what in the world i could do to change this.
     
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    i signed up, it said i was already on the list.
     
  6. Saje

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    THis is the second time you've posted this. The last time I had it moved to the news forum. I don't think we need to see it more than once. :confused:
     
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    Gustav Don't encourage me..

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    I believe last time this was posted it all got a bit personal! I personally find the thought of eating a Dog totally repulsive, but each to their own. "If everybody looked the same, we'd get tired of looking at each other!" - Song by Groove Armada!
     
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    my husband just came from Korea, and he said its on the menu called "kulgogi" GROSS and CRUEL, but then on the other hand. people from india wouldnt kill cows. and we do. so..different cultures.....i still dont think its right
     
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    I'm Korean, am I a dog eating monster? No, though I get stereotyped as one sometimes. Its a harmless but offensive comment.

    Trust me, a petition isn't going to do anything. Its their culture and a couple of names on a list isn't going to change anything. Its the same way Hindu's look at us about eating cow. They can say all they want about it but are we going to stop eating cows? NO. Same thing goes for Koreans and dogs. Also a thing many people don't understand is that these dogs are not your household dogs. These are dogs specifically bred for meat. I'm not saying eating dogs is ok, I'm saying look at it from different points of view before judging.

    Personally I don't think our ways of slaughtering animals is any better so we as Americans don't really have a place to judge.

    -Jon
     
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    I agree with you!!! Many people don't even know how the animals they eat everyday are treated, but are up and ready to petetion things like eating dogs. Maybe they should do some reasearch or go to a slaughter house and see how the things they eat are treated.
     
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    Well said shredhead.
     
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    Although it breaks my heart, I know it's a cultural thing. Just as discussed earlier the Indians would never hurt a cow yet beef is a staple here. Although I don't condone the sometimes inhumane ways a cow can be "put down" in the slaughterhouse (not stunned or dead when their throats are slit), I do appose the methods of the koreans, etc. who eat dogs or other animals where they actually beat them. They do this to raise the adrenaline in the animal's blood before they die and are bled. It makes me sick to my stomach. I saw a special on TV a few years ago showing this nice Korean family loving on and playing with a dog and the next thing you knew they had whacked it in the head and killed it for dinner. At least I didn't see a mutilating, beating scene. Sick. Sick. Sick. By American standards...
     
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    If you'd ever worked or been to a slaughterhouse you'd feel the same about how cattle are slaughtered. Steve worked for one for about three weeks. If the cow doesn't die right away due to human error he/she keeps on moving through the machines ... And quite often pregnant cows would end up at the slaughterhouse. The fetus would be cut out, alive, and tossed down a shoot. Steve always took the time to kill them before he tossed them down to the shoot where their necks would be slit and their pure, untainted blood used for testing.... Steve gutted them and the 'kill' would still be so fresh that their hearts were still beating when he opened them up... There's more but I'll leave it at that.

    What wonderful standards we have.
     
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    Oh, god... I'm going to be sick. I'll have nightmares tonight. But we all need to be aware....
     
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    That's part of the reason I'm a vegetarian!
     
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    Me too Invisible. It was very reaffirming.
     
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    I know.....I hate to see animals mistreated like that. If people HAVE to eat them why can't we give them a good life before and kill them at least so they don't feel pain!
    The way chickens, cows, and other animals killed for their meat are kept is horrid. Even the hens we get eggs from are almost always kept in horrible conditions!
    It's just so sad :(
     
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    Yep. I'll never make people feel bad for not being a vegetarian. It's just rude and I hate it when people always question me. But I think that people should be aware of where they are getting their food from and what's in it - regardless of what it is.

    Sorry I made you sick Amy!
     
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    I KNOW!!! I don't understand how people can eat something without caring at all how or where it came from. But it is their choice to eat meat and I have no problem with that. I would never preach to anyone about being a vegetarian. I knew a girl that tried to make everyone in our school to be a vegan just because she was, she was just rude. Of course she had no success, but if someone asked me about it or was interested in the slightest I would give them the information of why I'm a vegetarian and all about it. I do have one friend who is a vegetarian because she asked me why I'm a vegetarian and when she found out she did some research and she made the choice to become a vegetarian. I didn't force her or push her in that direction or anything like that.

    So I just think they should be informed on what they eat and they can make their own desiscions. We are all individuals.
     
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    Sounds like we have similar beliefs ;)
     

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