Dog Lovers Vs. Dog Meat Merchants
2 Million Dogs Consumed in S. Korea Annually
The merchants got busier as more and more people entered into the market to purchase dog meat.But around 1 p.m. a group of some 30 young protesters barged in. They gathered in front of the market with pickets and placards in their hands.
Around the end of the demonstration Lee brought his German pointer."I keep my own pet dog," Lee said."We differentiate meat dogs from pet dogs," Lee tried to explain to journalists on the scene."Some irresponsible people abandon their pets here, but we never slaughter pets," Lee said. "We try to bring the lost pets to their owner."
Lee argument was countered back by an animal rights activist, 39-year-old Park So-Yeon, who heads CARE(Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth)."What's the difference between pet dogs and meat dogs?" She said. "I cannot understand the pet dog owner who slaughter dogs and sell dog meat."
"Pet dog owners have been on the steady rise," she said. "Eating dog meat is the bad habit when we so dirt poor"Lee fought back."Dog meat is our traditional food," he countered. "Dog meat is fit for the physical conditions of Koreans""Many customers say they were advised by doctors to eat dog meat," Lee argued.Another merchant, 49-year-old Cho Keun-Young, pointed out the unhygienic conditions of slaughtering and circulating dog meat. Cho has been running his dog meat shop for 23 years.Presently, there is no strict control over hygiene of dog meat because dogs are not included in livestock range with cows or pigs according to the law on stock farm products process. Thus the dog meat restaurants are treated the same as other restaurants which are subject to the Food Hygiene and Safety Law.There are about 20,000 dog meat restaurants or dog soup shops around the nation.In Seoul area alone there are some 6,000 restaurants selling dog meat.Everyday a total of 20,000 dogs are butchered for meat or soup.Annually, 2 million dogs are butchered for human consumption in South Korea.For details about the protest or if you want to protest or report any cases of animal abuse please contact President Park So-Yeon of CARE(Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth) at 02-313-8886 or visit CARE website at www.fromcare.org
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