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Cat Hell Dog Nightmare Human Norm

It is tough to face up to humankind's weaknesses. People in one country don't like people in another country criticising them. They say "you don't understand our culture" and "what right have you got to criticise". That sort of thing. At its root, this article is not about a country's culture. It is about obvious animal cruelty of the most heinous kind. It is about base human behavior dressed up as part of an area's culture. All of us have a right to criticise that wherever we are. Despite that I will be ostracized by someone, somewhere.

This website never shirks from spelling out the truth. A lot of people don't like that. Humankind is very good at self denial and finding ways of covering up the truth. Millions of examples take place every day. The current classics in the cat world are:
  1. The mass slaughter of unwanted cats at "shelters" while we have fancy cat shows showing gorgeous, purebred cats bred for the purpose. You cannot justify having the latter while the former takes place.
  2. Declawing of cats. A modern aberration and horribly distorted human behavior that one day will look ridiculous - hopefully.
To the above two I'd like to add something that is worse than both but which takes place at the opposite side of the world, in Asia. There are some horror pictures below the text. This is as bad as animal cruelty gets. See also cat meat name and shame.

Warning: Don't read on if, like me, you become upset at gross animal abuse. But please spread the word to try and stop this.

I received an email from Ольга Брундасова. I have published the contents verbatim. I believe that is what she wants me to do. I expect that you will find these words on other websites. They need to be.

PETITIONS
The $2 billion dollar-a-year South Korean dog and cat meat industry, which extinguishes the lives of approximately two and a half million dogs a year for meat or gaesoju, a dog wine or broth, and thousands of despised and doomed cats for so-called “health” tonics or goyangyeesoju, and soup, operates in a sordid and illicit world where farmers and butchers kill with frightening impunity in the most abominable fashion. Dogs are killed with high-voltage electronic rods (which does not kill immediately), hanging, or even beating the dog to death at the request of customers who believe that the meat is more tender and tastier the greater the dog suffers (one of the most pernicious of myths) and that the medicinal properties are enhanced. They are most often killed within sight of their cage mates. They are then thrown into a tub of boiling water, often still alive, and then into a rotating drum for the removal of their fur, and finally blowtorched. At Moran Market, South Korea’s largest open air-market for dog meat, dog carcasses are on display next to the cages of live dogs. Cats are thrown into boiling water while alive. At the farms, dogs are fed germ-infested, rotting, and fermented human leftovers, a health risk to both the dogs and those who eat them. In South Korea, dogs and cats’ lives are short and ferociously heartless until they tremble no more at the hands of their slaughterers as cage mates look on.

Legitimacy of dog meat in Korea

Dogs are defined as “Livestock” according to the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAF). The purpose of keeping them as livestock--for breeding, killing, or whatever--is irrelevant to the law.

However, dogs are not defined as “Livestock” under the Livestock Processing Law. That is, they are not listed as livestock that can be officially processed as food. Therefore, it can be inferred it is illegal to process dogs for food, but there is no law expressly forbidding it.
It might be argued that since Korean laws are usually strict in listing what is allowed or prohibited, and since dogs are not listed as animals that can be processed as food, then it is illegal to produce dog meat.

The current Animal Protection Law does not ban the slaughter of dogs for meat, nor does it protect dogs on dog farms from abuse. It only applies to dogs kept in a house.
Tens of millions of animals are slaughtered and butchered in China each year. Animal fur is in high demand, and the Chinese deliver. What does not get exported outside of China usually ends up on a dinner plate. The sad fact is that the animals suffer horrendous torture. They are captured on the streets, and packed by the dozens into small cages, without ability to move. They are then tossed like inanimate objects from the trucks, onto the ground, hitting each other and the steel cages. These cages are later stacked, and the real nightmare begins. The animal is brutally pulled out of the cage, and tied to prevent resistance. It is lightly stunned by a blow on the head, but still alive. If the animal is not heavy, the worker holds it by its hind legs, waves it in the air and then bashes its head against the ground. Once the animal is subdued, a new and incomprehensible stage in this ongoing nightmare begins. The worker cuts a tiny incision in the animal's rear, and then methodically peels away the skin. This skinning process takes about a minute, during which the worker actively keeps the animal alive, as it is believed that it is easier to skin the animal while it is still warm and blood flows through its veins. The nightmare does not end here. The final stage in this unbelievable horror is when the animal is tossed aside, and slowly, amidst a heap of its dying friends, it perishes as it is no longer able to withstand the pain. In other cases, when the animal's fur is not needed (mostly with cats), the animals are put in a sack, and are then cooked alive in a barrel of boiling water.















Comments

Anonymous said…
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!!!Dogs are companions NOT FOOD!Maybe this country also has a lot to fix.You are totally right about the slaghter of innoccent animals in shelters every month.We also need to clean up our act,but if I know anything,those people are SICK,SICK,SICK!No animal deserves to be treated so cruelty.The world has enough animals people kill for food,dogs should NOT be one of them.Maybe I'm not a dog person(I have three cats at home.)But any kind of animal abuse makes me sick.-Saladin
Michael Broad said…
Thanks Saladin for another supportive comment.
Anonymous said…
do these people not realize animals have feelings too ? these situations always make me wonder if there really is a god for allowing such cruelty. animals are just as innocent as children and there is no justification for this horror. have they no conscience ? have they no feelings ? what if someone were to do these things to one of their children. the united states kills cows, pig, chickens and more for meat and i don't believe that is what they were created for. the united states pokes their nose into another countries business for illegal use of weapons, why not save the animals? are they not important.
Anonymous said…
This is what is wrong with America. Cry and complain about animal rights and feelings, but will pull up at their local McDonalds and order a Big Mac. Everybody is over opinionated about animal abuse. Human abuse and torture is a WAY more important issue than a dog or a cat being "tortured" to death. Gee I wonder how that cow felt right before it was slaughtered, fried and garnished with a special sauce. You ALL are hypocrites. If you people really cared about animal conditions around the world, you would all be vegetarian and vegan. I can bet my bottom dollar you guys are not. Who cares anyway. The world wont stop because what you people consider house pets are food for another culture, and the manner of preparing their food is torture in your eyes. So pull the plank out of your own eye before you point the next persons out you hypocrites!
Anonymous said…
Your questioning if their is a GOD because some dogs were slaughtered?? Are you mentally retarded?? All the things happening to people in this world and THIS is the issue that has you pondering if their is a god. You people are ridiculous. Sad. What fairy tale world do you live in? People like you who put animal priorities ahead of humans should be mutilated right along with these cats and dogs.
Michael Broad said…
I think you are very wrong in what you say. Are you saying you agree that it is OK to abuse dogs and cats like this? Do you really agree with this? I doubt it. If you do you are a very callous, insensitive person.

Yes, people do abuse and torture other people but in much smaller numbers than for dogs and cats and in any case why are people more important than dogs and cats? How do you judge the value of a species?

Also just because people abuse people it does not mean we can't try and stop people abusing cats and dogs. Do we have to do things in a certain order? People first dogs second. Is that it?

Your comment is hopelessly thoughtless.
Anonymous said…
I agree that what they do is horrible and horrifying. Some people treat animals as things without feelings and as a source of food
Michael Broad said…
Thanks. Appreciated.

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