Animal Abuse in Asia, Dog Meat Trade

HORRIFYING CAT AND DOG MEAT TRADE IN ASIA

Introduction

In the Asian cat and dog meat trade, millions of dogs and cats are
cruelly and savagely killed by people who believe the more terrified the
animal is before death, the better the meat tastes.

China, and other Asian countries, inflict such an enormous degree of
cruelty on these innocent and gentle animals, it is impossible for us to
comprehend the full extent of the suffering.

Across Asia, animals that would be treasured as pets here, are used in
the cat and dog meat trade. Some are stolen off the streets, whether
they are somebody’s pet or a stray.

 

Living Conditions And Transportation

The cats and dogs destined to be made in to cat and dog meat are forced
in to sacks, or in tiny cages, in which they can barely move.

When transported, the cats and dogs go for days without water, slowly
dying of dehydration. The cages are stacked on a the back of a vehicle
and when they reach the destination where they will be brutally killed,
they are roughly thrown to the ground from the back of the vehicle.

This injures the cats and dogs and breaks their bones. They receive no

treatment and are left in an enormous amount of pain.

Belief: The More The Animal Suffers, The Better The Meat Tastes

Their pain only gets worse when each dog or cat is dragged from it’s
cage and beaten. This may be to tenderizae the meat, or to beat the
animal in to submission.

There is a sickening and baseless belief held that the more
terrified and tortured an animal is before death, the better the meat
will taste due to the adrenaline released in to the body.

Skinned Alive / Boiled Alive / Baked Alive And Other Methods Of Killing

While still alive and fully conscious, and in excruciating pain from
being bludgeoned, the terrified cat or dog can be skinned alive, just
like they are in the Fur Industry.

Cats and dogs can survive through this unimaginably agonizing process,
only to be forced in to a vat of boiling water and put through the agony
of then being boiled alive. Some are cooked alive without skinning.

Cats and dogs can also be forced in to large ovens, which they cannot escape from, and are slowly baked to death inside them.

Other methods of killing the cats and dogs include strangling them or
electrocuting them. Whatever method is used, you can be sure it will be a
terrifying and agonizing death for these companion animals.

There are no laws in China to protect animals from such incredibly cruel methods of slaughter.

Increasing Popularity Of Eating Dogs In China

At one time, cats and dogs were only consumed in certain areas of China.
However, production has increased and the consumption of cat and dog
meat has spread across China.

It is available in supermarkets and
online, and in some Provinces, it is promoted by the Government. Many
people in China fear dogs and have never experienced them as pets.

Some other Asian countries, such as Taiwan and the Philippines have
recently outlawed the eating of dogs. However, the authorities do not
enforce the law, so the trade thrives on the black market.

Where Is Dog & Cat Meat Sold?

A lot of cat and dog meat is served in restaurants throughout Asia, and
sold in shops and supermarkets. People can also buy a cat or dog from
markets across Asia.

One such market is Hua Nam wild animal market in
Guangzhous, China, which is where the deadly SARS virus is believed to
have originated.

Market stall holders dislocate or break the front legs of the animal and force it’s limbs behind it’s back, tying them there. This causes the cat or dog enormous amounts of pain.

They also force a sharp and jagged tin can over the dog’s muzzle, so it is completely helpless and has no way of defending itself or escaping. The jagged tin tears into their skin and causes them more pain.

Some stall holders brutally and inhumanely kill the dog or cat on the stall, in front of the other dogs who are still alive, in tiny cages.

 

Other stall holders sell the cats and dogs alive, to be slaughtered by
the buyer.

Buying Live Dog & Cat Meat

After being purchased alive, the dog or cat is often then dragged to the
buyers home by it’s tail, with all its weight on it’s broken limbs,
tied behind it’s back. The agony is unimaginable.

Once in the buyer’s home, the animal endures a horrifyingly brutal
death. Methods include skinning alive, bludgeoning to death, boiling /
baking alive, stabbing to death, burning alive – any method that will
end in death after the maximum suffering due to the belief that the meat
tastes better the more terrified the animal is, and the more it
suffers, before death.

The Chinese Dog Eating Festival

The Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival will takes place in the Guangxi province of China each year. 15000 dogs are slaughtered at each festival.  Many dogs are abducted from their
owner’s homes and arrive in trucks at the festival with their collars still on.

The dogs are skinned and boiled alive. Many are hung upside down,  beaten,
then left to slowly bleed to death. They are also killed in front of other dogs to terrify and distress them. This obscene cruelty is all to increase the adrenaline to their muscles. They foolishly believe that the more adreniline that is released in to the terrified and tortured dogs, the more virile the meat will make the consumer of it.

Dogs are treated this way all year round and not just at festival time. The festival is used to promote dog meat.

News Story

By Rachel Premack on Mar 2, 2017
 
After years of criticism from animal welfare groups, a South Korean market selling dog meat for human consumption is finally facing new rules, imposed Monday. The restrictions come after complaints from local residents about the noise and smell, but authorities are also eager to stave off any international controversy before the country hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics. South Korea took similar measures prior to the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 World Cup.

Animal rights campaigners have long condemned the conditions at the Moran Market in Seongnam. But despite recent news headlines heralding the complete end of dog killing markets, the animal welfare charity CARE released a statement Wednesday, clarifying that dog meat will still be on sale at Moran market, and that only the display of live dogs and killing at onsite slaughterhouses will be stopped.

South Korea is a country more typically known for infectious pop songs, an intense education system, new technology and cute sheet masks. And yet the South Korean government is still struggling with the practise of eating dog meat among older, rural Koreans.

When it comes to how many dogs are killed for meat in South Korea each year, estimates vary, but some reports say the number of animals killed could be as high as 2.5 million. For a population of nearly 50 million Koreans, this number is fairly small, but it’s a top concern for animal rights activists and repulsed outsiders used to western norms.

The city government for Seongnam, where Moran Market is located, had announced in December that dog slaughter and butchering would be banned in 2017. The 22 dog meat butcher businesses were to be permanently closed by May.

Vendors at the market keep live dogs in cages for customers to choose, and then slaughter the dogs openly. It annually sells 80,000 canines for consumption, according to the Korea Herald. The new rules will mean that customers will no longer be able to view the dogs, nor witness the killings.

Animal organizations and foreign press often give the impression that dog meat is widespread in Korea; it is not. Given the population of Korea and the number of dogs annually consumed here, a South Korean would eat one full dog during his 81 year life span. Compare that with a South Korean’s actual yearly diet: 20.9 kg of pork, 11.5 kg of chicken and 10.3 kg of beef, according to a 2015 government report.

So where does this tradition maintain? The answer is: far from South Korea’s urban epicenters. The lifestyle for many of those in places like Seongnam is starkly different from that in Seoul, Busan or other major cities. You’re more likely to buy your food and clothes from open air markets rather than a large mall. It does not feel like the 21st century in many rural areas, while the cities pulsate with cell phone stores on every block and 24-7 eateries.

Just as the landscapes differ, Koreans’ attitudes about dog meat vary hugely. They’re starkly divided among rural and urban, rich and poor, old and young. Typically, older rural folks are not opposed to eating dog meat. They say it’s part of Korean culture, and insulting to Westerners simply because of some irrational taboo.

The upwardly mobile urban dwellers often feel disgusted by dog meat – being far more likely to Instagram a cute pup than eat it. A Gallup Korea study in 2015 found that only 17 percent of twentysomethings had tried dog meat in the last year, compared to 39 percent of those in their 50s and a third of people 60 or older.

There’s a generational gap in how dog meat is viewed – in large part because South Korea has radically changed in the past 50 years. The country was prone to famines, foreign invaders, and dictators for much of the 20th century; its GDP was among the lowest worldwide. Now, it ranks high on global chartsfor living standards. As South Korea clawed itself out of poverty, the need to eat dog meat lessened — and the social censure increased.

During a press conference two months ago, Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung – a rising political star – was concerned with Korea’s image as a country that accepts the practise of eating dog. “Seongnam City will take the initiative to transform South Korea’s image since ‘The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’”

But for older Koreans, this new clampdown on dog meat is unfamiliar and daunting. Dog butchers at Moran Market worry that they might have suddenly lost their livelihood. One longtime vendor told the Korea Herald this week that it’s nonsense for the government to force him to find a new job. “Can you eat food with your left hand when you were a right-handed person for your entire life?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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