Monday, July 07, 2008

Horribly Cruel Practice of Eating Dogs Very Much Still Alive: Cruel Asian Counties Mostly to Blame

First, I’m sorry to have to post this, but this blog is about exposing the truth. Unfortunately, as you’ll read, Dogs are still eaten in many areas of Asia, including China, South Korea, North Korea, Vietnam.

I’ve posted the most telling quotes from the story below. You really won’t believe the horrible cruelty behind eating dogs. Not only do they eat them, but they torture them prior to death. I say it once again, Asian countries are probably the cruelest on Earth, especially china.

As is the case with practices such as the bull run in Spain, tradition and practice do not excuse cruel behaviors. A great writing that disucess this notion can be found at http://www.sosanimalslaunge.com/changing-tradition-or-change-is-not-always-a-bad-thing-51.html

Here are a few telling quotes form the story below:

Various breeds are reared but many farmers prefer St Bernards for their rapid growth, bulk and flavour.

Farmed dogs endure short, cramped, miserable lives. Brutal death awaits them. Many are said to be tortured or bled to death slowly. This results in adrenaline-rich meat which, according to folklore, makes men who eat it more virile.

Dog meat dealers also exploit the myth that eating dogs increases male virility. Over two million dogs are killed yearly on the basis of this widespread belief.

When preparing the dog for food, it is said that the fur may be burned off with a blowtorch, often while the animal is still alive. Many dogs are subjected to a cruel, slow death due to the superstitious belief that the more the animal suffers, the better the meat tastes.

Despite South Korea’s economic success, this cruel practice is still carried out till this day.

Article:

Appetite for dog meat

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2008/

7/7/lifefocus/21710634&sec=lifefocus

By MAJORIE CHIEW

Where in Asia do people eat dog meat?

China

THE Chinese are said to have eaten dogs for at least 7,000 years. Dog meat is said to be favoured for its flavour and supposed health benefits, including the belief that it warms the body during winter, according to the website One.

The report states that even today, dogs are eaten throughout China, except in Hong Kong where eating dog meat has been illegal since 1950.
A South Korean woman cutting dog meat for students from France in one of the best restaurants in Seoul, as part of a course on Korean culture.

In recent times, the bulk of dog meat has been produced commercially by dog breeding farms. Various breeds are reared but many farmers prefer St Bernards for their rapid growth, bulk and flavour. Today, however, they appear to have fallen from favour because of their substantial feeding costs.

Farmed dogs endure short, cramped, miserable lives. Brutal death awaits them. Many are said to be tortured or bled to death slowly. This results in adrenaline-rich meat which, according to folklore, makes men who eat it more virile.

China’s clean-up of Beijing ahead of the summer Olympic Games has also resulted in the closure of many dog meat restaurants. But in cities across China, roadside restaurants specialise in dishes made from every conceivable part of the dog, including the head, legs, testicles and innards.

South Korea

The practice of dog-eating may have originated during times of famine when people killed and ate their dogs (friendsofdogs.net/koreandogs.html). However, this practice was viewed with disgust by the community.

Those who eat dogs cite superstitious beliefs to justify their acts. Some claim that keeping an old dog brings disaster to the household and a woman who is too fond of dogs may become infertile.

Dog meat dealers also exploit the myth that eating dogs increases male virility. Over two million dogs are killed yearly on the basis of this widespread belief.

When preparing the dog for food, it is said that the fur may be burned off with a blowtorch, often while the animal is still alive. Many dogs are subjected to a cruel, slow death due to the superstitious belief that the more the animal suffers, the better the meat tastes.

Despite South Korea’s economic success, this cruel practice is still carried out till this day.

Vietnam The dog-eating custom, which developed as a result of poverty, originated from then-North Vietnam. In the north, dogs were the cheapest source of protein. As the people didn’t have anything to feed them, the dogs became scavengers and were later picked up off the streets.

The owner of Ho Chi Minh City’s thriving Hai Mo dog restaurant insists that the dogs served at the restaurant are not pets or strays, but are from breeding farms in the countryside.

The restaurant’s menu features 10 dishes, including steamed dog, minced and seasoned dog wrapped in leaves, fried intestines, spare ribs and fried thighs. A sour dog curry with fermented wine is served with noodles for variety while the most expensive dish is bamboo-shoot dog soup.

Though dog-eating has come under fire in South Korea, where dog restaurants were officially banned during the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and criticised by Fifa during the 2002 World Cup, the practice of eating dogs has gone unchallenged in Vietnam. The country has no animal welfare organisation and no laws to protect animals from cruelty. Opinions on dog-eating are divided although many Vietnamese see it as unsavoury.

The south’s plentiful food supply and Buddhist influence will probably ensure that dog-eating will never become popular.

4 comments:

Stephen said...

Well done. Keep up the good work of highlighting the realities of this truly heinous practice. People from the countries involved should feel ashamed.

Many people in Asian countries will cite tradition as an excuse and expect everyone to respect the horrors of the dog meat industry as a "part of culture." Don't fall for that garbage: TRADITION JUSTIFIES NOTHING.

(Please note that the link to thestar is broken on your page.)

GEARI.ORG said...

Thank you as well for your comments. It's unbelievable that this practice still continues. As you've stated, it's fallacious to use tradition to justify horrible acts. If the opposite was true, then tradition could be used to justify nearly any act. Everyone knows this is wrong.

Thank you again.

JW McCabe said...

Tradition? Really well people used to sacrifice infants as well.Dogs should never be eaten, why? Because they trust you! Dogs save people, dogs take bullets for people, dogs get depressed when their owners die or leave them. Dogs are to sentient to use as a food source. Their are human beings that we keep around even though my border collie far more intelligent than they are.

There is a clear difference in Eastern and Western culture in the respect of ''sanctity of life'', there it is just fine to strap a bomb top your child''Vietnam war'', where as a western person would vomit with the thought of it! The same applies to pets!

Its ok to take a perfectly sentient creature who ''trusts'' you and betray it! They know you are betraying them as well.

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