Continuing with our animal abuse/cruelty theme in honor of Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, I thought I would bring up the topic of slaughterhouses.
Obviously this is a very controversial topic and it upsets many people to think that farm animals die in such a brutal way. But today, I’m not talking about farm animals. Today, I talking about Dog Slaughterhouses.
There is an on-going issue in South Korea involving dog slaughterhouses. Dogs of all breeds and sizes are collected and crammed into cages and trucks and transported to slaughterhouses where they are brutally killed for their meat and fur.
Though to us, the idea of eating a dog is not only outrageous but also appalling, to them it is common and not seen as wrong in any way. The number of dogs killed in these slaughterhouses has risen over the years. Currently over 10 million dogs suffer this fate each year – about 30,000 dogs are killed PER DAY.
These dogs are typically beaten to death with wooden clubs or stabbed to death, leaving the people working at these slaughterhouses covering in the animal’s blood and guts, ready to move on to the next one.
Where do these dogs come from? A smaller percentage is bred specifically to be killed. The other percent? Stolen. In 2011, more than 80% of households in South Korea have reported their dogs stolen, with claims they will be brought to the slaughterhouses. These once household pets, soon become dinner for another family.
Dog meat is popular throughout the north-eastern parts of China, and majority of Korea, as well as Thailand and the Philippines. Hong Kong is the only province where dog meat is illegal. There is a myth that eating dog meat is and has always been part of the Korean culture. This is actually not true. Though throughout history Koreans have eaten dog meat on occasion it has been proven that it was strictly out of necessity, in order to prevent starvation.
Korean opposition? If Koreans oppose slaughterhouses, it is not because they kill millions of dogs a year – instead it is because the conditions are not sanitary. Their complaints are that the slaughterhouses are dirty and unkempt, the animals are dirty and often unhealthy before killed.
To me, and most likely to you too, these arguments seem completely invalid, judging the facilities on cleanliness, rather than the fact that they are violently murdering millions of household pets.
This also happens with cats in these same places, however the numbers are slightly fewer, and they are often street cats, not stolen from people’s homes. (Not that that makes it right by any means…)
For more information on these horrific practices, visit http://koreandogs.org/
(Some photos on this website are extremely graphic and heart-wrenching. Be prepared to cry…)