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Over 1 Million Dogs Being Raised for Food in Appalling Conditions


Dogs were kept in tiny steel cages so small that the animals could not even stretch out properly. (Image: Kobiz Media)

Dogs were kept in tiny steel cages so small that the animals could not even stretch out properly. (Image: Kobiz Media)

SEOUL, Jun. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — On June 22, Rep. Lee Jung Mi of the Justice Party and animal rights activist group Kara held a press conference at the National Assembly in Yeouido to publicly disclose the state of dog meat farms in Korea.

Beginning in August of last year, an investigation into the general practices of 20 dog meat farms revealed horrifying conditions. Dogs were kept in tiny steel cages so small that the animals could not even stretch out properly.

The cage floors were made of steel netting with holes large enough for feet to fall through, causing each inhabitant to constantly remain in a precarious balance. The holes served as toilets for the dogs, as their waste was sent right through the holes to pile up on the ground below.

The majority of the relevant authorities that regulate this particular industry have decreed that simply having a sheet of plastic on the ground to catch dog feces is sufficient. Perhaps this explains why one of the farms investigated had piles of feces that were nearly 20 cm high.

Of the 2,862 dog meat farms nationwide, 99 percent informed the relevant authorities that waste produced by their animals would be used as compost.

The record of dog meat farms being punished for infractions is spotty. Since 2010, there have been a mere 357 cases of punitive measures carried out against dog meat farms by authorities.

According to data provided by the Ministry of the Environment, there are an estimated 781,740 dogs in total being raised for meat, representing an average of 273 dogs per farm. Lee and Kara believe this figure is too low.

Accounting for the undocumented dog meat farms, they believe there could be more than a million dogs currently being raised for human consumption.

Lee said, “While countries such as China and Vietnam still have pockets of the population that raise dogs for food, Korea is the only country where one can find a dog meat farm housing 1,000 dogs.

Living in a society where pets number in the millions, it’s time we begin to change our ways. We need to say no to animal cruelty and start systematically stamping out dog meat farms.”

By S.B. Woo (editor@koreabizwire.com)

21 thoughts on “Over 1 Million Dogs Being Raised for Food in Appalling Conditions

    • tera tukey

      The KOREANS/CHINESE/ASIANS people who eat dogs/cats…claim they are famed…are these people so illiterate …this is a modern world with modern technologies …to grow food/vegetables…dogs/cats are not food…farmed dogs/cats have the same EMBEDDED DNA AS PET DOGS/CATS…THEY ARE ALL THE SAME WITH THE SAME SENSITIVITY/INTELLIGENCE…ONLY THEY WERE NOT GIVEN LOVE…STOP MAKING EXCUSES WICKED EVIL PEOPLE…YOU KOREANS BEAT THE POOR DOGS TO A PULP BEFORE COOKING THEM ALIVE …DOWN A SHOOT INTO A BOILING WATER TANK..CATS TO ARE SENT DOWN THE BIOLING WATER POT ALIVE…CHANGE WICKED PEOPLE…THIS IS NOT THE ANCIENT WORLD WHERE YOUR LONG AGO ANCESTORS EAT DOGS/CATS…THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING AT YOU BARBARIC INHUMANE MANKIND….HOPE THIS EARTH VOMIT YOU UP PAYING FOR ALL THE PAINS AND SUFFERINGS CAUSED ON THESE POOR ANIMALS.

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  1. Annie Pascotto

    Korea must BAN definitively dog and cat meat ! It’s barbaric and cruel ! The awareness of these awful and barbaric culture is increasing every where in the world ! PLEASE Korean citizens wake up and ban torture and cruelty towards these WONDERFUL creatures DOGS and CATS ! They meant to be PETS ! Annie, PARIS-FRANCE

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  2. Debbie sweeney

    Please close down these horrific disgusting farms of these poor cats and dogs cruel evil people in

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  3. anca

    THIS IS A SHAME FOR HUMANITY. TREATING ANIMALS THIS WAY, IT IS DEGRADED FOR US.A THEY ARE MY FRIENDS, THEY LICK THE HAND WHEN YOU HIT THEM.STOP CRUELTY. HUMANS ARE BEASTS.

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  4. Karen

    That is so sick and horrible to raise dogs and cats for eating. They are here to be our friends.

    Pleased stop this !!!!!!!!

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  5. Ilise levitt

    For a democratic nation, it’s time to get on board and end torture, cruelty and inhumane conditions for our companion animals. They are not food and the conditions they are kept in and how the are slaughtered are horrific and inhumane! Please, please make change urgently. The world is watching!

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  6. Gill Barlow

    ABSOLUTELY THE WORST MOST EVIL PEOPLE ON THE PLANET
    THIS DESPICABLE BEHAVIOUR MUST STOP NOW
    THE WORLD HATES CHINA BECAUSE OF THEIR ANIMAL CRUELTY AND HOW THEY HAVE NO RESPECT OR MORALS OR COMPASSION WHAT SO EVER!!!!!!!!
    I PROPOSE WE ROUND UP ALL HUMANS WHO HAVE TORTURED OR KILLED AND ANIMAL AND SHOOT THE LOT OF THEM.
    THEY ARE A DANGER TO OUR SOCIETY AND PLANET
    GET RID OF EVIL

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  7. Joy Ruth

    Please take action immediately to close down the dog and cat meat farms! The helpless dogs and cats deserve to live with humans as pets. Stop the horrific betrayal of the industry that tortures and slaughters dogs and cats! Thank you.

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  8. Dog lover

    The practice of farming dogs does not fit in the modern world. Dogs are a companion animal and only want to do good , they help modern society in ways nothing els can. They would never betray their human companion and we should not betray them. Please stop this horrific practice. It is shameful and your country should be ashamed.

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  9. Denise Sparkes

    This is shameful, cruel, and heartless! This madness and greed must stop and we will never quit until these savages stop the murder of these angels. The world will see the disgrace!

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  10. Malgosia Jankowska - Poland

    STOP the torture and murder dogs and cats!!! Shocking cruelty and barbaric!!! NOT FOOD!!!

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  11. Diana (Keyser) Schoeman

    Cannot understand why this barbaric sadistic unholy bloodlust come from and that innocent animals have to be living in a hell hole untill they end up on some barbaric heartless idiots fricken plate I pray to God to change there sadistic traditions to love and care for animals.

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  12. Carole Fraser

    Koera ,China,Asia are sick vile Nation of evil vile cruel inhuman Monsters the brutality they committ on innocent animals is appalling they have no intention of stopping this Brutality .The head of these Governments should make a law to ban this evil disgusting acts ,We Animal lovers in the West will just have to keep fighting on till this comes to an end for good until this barbaric atrocities end keep,on signing and bombarding them with signature and Petiitions and Boycotting goods from there evil country’s until this EVIL STOPS .

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  13. Lisa

    Why in God’s name would anyone allow this to continue? I hate every single oerson who has anything to do with killing and eating dogs or cats. I hope eaxh and every one of you rot in hell. Are you so ignorant that you do not realize that the pet industry is lucrative. We animal.lovers will soend milkions of dollars for our companion animals. Key word COMPANION not food. These animals think and feel.as we humans do. But apparently you people in China, Korea,Bali and vietnam are not human!

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  14. Joy Glassman

    How evil is man who would so heinously and cruelly torture dogs and cats, our beautiful loyal pets. It is heartbreaking to even think of such abuse. Release these animals at once to safety, love and care. May you who commit these awful acts be severely punished with like deaths.

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  15. Annie Pascotto

    S-T-O-P à la BARBARIE ! Il FAUT que de telles pratiques disparaissent définitivement, elles n’honorent en RIEN la Corée ! Bannissez à tout jamais ces horreurs de votre pays ! Les chiens et les chats sont de merveilleux animaux domestiques : respectez-les !

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