After a complaint for mistreatment and the intervention of two animal welfare associations, a breeding-lager in which dozens of Jindo dogs destined for slaughter were held was definitively closed. The dogs, whose meat was served in a South Korean restaurant, were killed facing each other after being electrocuted with an electric shock.
One of the Jindo dogs rescued from breeding in South Korea. Credit: Humane Society International Korea / LIFE
a dog breeding intended for slaughter for human consumption has been permanently closed in South Korea, after over twenty years of brutal activity. The result, which led to the rescue of approx 60 adults and puppies of the Jindo breed, was achieved thanks to the fundamental intervention of the volunteers of animal welfare associations Humane Society International Corea e LIFE, who have reached an agreement with the owner of the farm located on the island of Jindo. There meat of the dogs killed inside the slaughterhouse were served in a local restaurant, also owned by the breeder, a sixty-six year old named Kim.
The decision to permanently close the farm came only after a complaint from the neighbors, who alerted the police after hearing several times the cries of terror of the animals, stunned with theelectrocution and then slaughtered. South Korean authorities found that the man violated a specific animal protection law by killing dogs in front of other animals. In fact, in the Asian country, the breeding of dogs intended for human consumption is still regularly authorized, however they must comply with various rules. The dogs held in the slaughterhouse were locked up in tiny metal cages, fed on waste from restaurants and deprived of minimal health care, as stated by Nara Kim, campaign manager of HSI / Korea. Chilling is the discovery of a large pile of collars, all of which belonged to the killed specimens. “I cried when I saw the killing area where I know the dogs were being killed facing each other. There was a large pile of collars where they were electrocuted,” added the HSI executive.
To further complicate the position of the owner of the breeding-lager also the fact that among the detained dogs of the Jindo breed – the national dog breed in South Korea – there was one with a microchip that attested to the purity of the pedigree. Jindo dogs have been considered a “Natural Monument” in the Asian country since 1962, therefore animal welfare associations believe that the man will have to pay a particularly hefty fine for his cruel activity. Mr. Kim could have reopened his slaughterhouse after serving his sentence, however he reached an agreement on Humane Society International Korea and LIFE to permanently close the business. The man also removed dog meat from his restaurant menu and will no longer introduce it, according to activists.
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The final closure of the slaughterhouse is a major success for the animal welfare organizations involved, however it is believed that hundreds of thousands of dogs are killed each year in intensive farms in South Korea. Among the breeds bred for human consumption, in addition to the Jindos and the mastini which are the most exploited, there are also labradors, golden retrievers, spaniels, huskies, beagles and others, as indicated in a press release from Humane Society International. Most of the dogs killed in the Asian country end up in a dish known as “bosintang”, A dog meat soup. It is consumed mainly during the summer season of Boknal, as according to South Korean popular culture this dish would help fight the scorching heat. Animal welfare organizations are involving several famous local chefs to propose bosintang in completely vegetable variants, in order to raise public awareness on atrocities perpetrated in farms (not only in dog farms) and to promote aPower supply healthier, for ourselves and the environment.
The more than sixty dogs rescued from the Jindo Island lager farm were transferred to a suitable facility, visited by veterinarians, vaccine and subjected to a balanced diet. When they have finished the quarantine period, also necessary in relation to the rules for the COVID-19 pandemic, they will all be transferred to the United States, where they will be entrusted to American and Canadian families. To date, volunteers from Humane Society International Korea and LIFE have allowed the definitive closure of 17 farms for slaughter dogs, but the goal is to promote a law to ban the consumption of dog meat throughout South Korea. It is estimated that all over Asia be killed 30 million dogs every year, a real slaughter of which the Yulin festival in China – the best known event – is just the tip of the iceberg. Showing the suffering of dogs and other farmed animals (all over the world) is important for a new awareness of the atrocities perpetrated by man.