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Seeking an end to dog meat in South Korea

A South Korean dog farm, 2008: the highly unnatural and unsanitary conditions that cause so much distress to the dogs.

Dog ‘farms’ can range from small backyard enterprises to large-scale intensive facilities. Dogs are tethered and imprisoned in cramped, dirty cages without shelter from wind, rain or scorching temperatures. Many paw at the bars with pleading eyes, while others relentlessly spin around in their cramped cages – a symptom of mental trauma.

Plucked by the neck by a pair of metal tongs, the petrified dogs will then be squashed tightly into small cages, measuring less than 3 x 3 feet, each. The cages will then be thrown onto a truck ready to be transported to market.

At the market, dogs remain cramped in their cages until chosen and bought for meat. The dogs - if not electrocuted, which is the only legal slaughter method - may be beaten to death or strangled. Either way, it could take up to 20 minutes for them to die. After the slaughter, their fur will be blowtorched off.

An end in sight?

While we have a long way to go, the good news is that opinion polls in South Korea – where animal welfare is a relatively new concept – suggest that the consumption of dogs is declining, especially within the younger generation.

WSPA is investigating this cruelty in order to lobbying the government to bring about an end to this cruel trade.

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