Dogs are not in the same category as pork or chicken under the 1992 Livestock Processing Act. This means no regulations are governing the slaughter of dogs for meat leading to the animals being killed in cruel ways.
Some are electrocuted; others are strangled while others are reportedly beaten to death. Consumers of Gaegogi or dog meat say the government should regulate the dog meat in the same way they have done to other meats.
They are of the view that if no inhumane and unhygienic practices are involved, then they should be allowed to have the meat. However, quite a lot of people want the practice outlawed.
Young generations in South Korea are seemingly moving away from the practice. A survey conducted by the Korean Ministry of Agriculture in 2007 shows that nearly 60 percent of Koreans aged below 30 would not consume dog meat.
Gus Kenworthy in a picture posted on Instagram on 23 February said he did not intend to westernize the people of South Korea. The cruel treatment meted on animals is unacceptable, and people should stop using culture as an excuse.
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This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don't personally agree with it, I do agree that it's not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in "good conditions" by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who's seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they'll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I'm hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal's page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ❤️🐶
Image source: “guskenworthy” via Instagram
Gus Kenworthy has done a great job, and we all thank him. The Olympian’s love for sport and animals is incredible.
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