Have you ever seen a truck loaded with dogs heading to the slaughterhouse?
With all our experience in investigating the dog meat industry, one of the cruelest aspects of the process of breeding dogs for meat is their transportation. 5 to 6 dogs are squeezed into a low narrow metal cage that one large dog could not fit into unless it crouched down.
The dogs lying at the bottom may be crushed to death, but these people don’t care. The dogs cannot move, being shoved into the cage like products, even when their backs or limbs get twisted and sprained. The cages are loaded onto a truck with no protection from the wind or other elements, and the painful journey lasts for 4 to 5 hours on average.
Last Christmas Eve, the dogs at a dog farm in Siheung, a city south west of Seoul, were kidnapped just before we were due to rescue them. On December 30th they were returned to us by the perpetrators, but it seems that 35 were slaughtered between the time of their kidnapping and return.
Including the dogs they brought in place of the ones kidnapped and killed, there are about 60 surviving dogs alive today.
We remember the words of a merchant at Moran market. “The dogs sold to a slaughterhouse are often dead within 5 days before they can be slaughtered.” The Death Truck is the cause.
50 out of the 60 dogs had their limbs folded into little cages, and had the cold winter air entering their lungs during that agonizing trip. All are suffering from pneumonia and other cold-related ailments as a result.
They were also injured from the harsh trip. Some had joints dislocated, and for some of the others, x-rays revealed fractures and broken bones. Some are literally at death’s door, diagnosed with serious illnesses, including blood poisoning.
After such painful transportation, the dogs are seized with fear and more wary of humans than before, making them more difficult to handle.
Their treatment costs amount to about 150 million KRW, or $130,000 USD. Sheltering and rehoming them will incur additional costs.
We will struggle to meet these costs, but we can’t give up on these surviving dogs who have suffered so much.
If you can help us care for these dogs in any way, please consider making a donation to their rehabilitation and rehoming.