Here we have the second installment of our Hanam site update, with brief reports on five more of the dogs rescued from that place.
Animals for Food
Here, we have updates on a number of dogs that you (Yes, you! You know who you are!) helped rescue by supporting both our activities to manage the situation and to reimburse the vet fees of the volunteers.
After first investigating the site of what is one of South Korea’s worst cases of intentional mass animal abuse on June 25th, 2018, we are now able to offer a fuller explanation of the situation at the Hanam City site.
CARE visited the Taepyeong dog slaughterhouse on the 15th of August. The dogs rescued from the slaughterhouse at that time were discovered to be infected with Canine Influenza.
Our wonderful volunteers have been caring for the ones that were removed earlier, and with a lot of love and some veterinary treatment—and a lot of support from our supporters—a lot of them are doing much better now, and showing signs of recovery.
In 2017, we discovered a large illegal dog farm in the greenbelt area of Namyangju, a city north-east of Seoul, and surveilled it for a while. Following that, and after a long and difficult negotiation, we were able to persuade the dog farmer to shut down the dog farm and hand the dogs over.
Dog meat slaughterers ousted from Moran Market are trying a new trick. They have illegally occupied land owned by Korea Land & Housing Corporation, claiming their facilities were on this land prior to being bought and that LHC owes them compensation before they move out to ‘allow’ the construction of a new apartment block.
Across Asia 30 million are slaughtered for food every year. Dogs are kept in cramped and rusting cages, unable to stretch or move about. Many are force-fed with tubes inserted down the throat and into the stomach and filled with rice and water to make them heavier, increasing their market price.
For the first time in South Korea, CARE has obtained a court decision stating that slaughtering dogs for food is illegal.
Today we received news that Seongnam City Council would forcibly remove the display and slaughter facilities of last remaining dog meat vendor who is slaughtering dogs on-premises at Moran Market.