AN EXPOSÉ ON THE DOG MEAT INDUSTRY IN SOUTH KOREA

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The dog meat industry in South Korea is exceptionally cruel, is not regulated, and laws for slaughtering dogs inhumanely are not currently enforced. If you want evidence of just how cruel, see the short video shot by undercover CARE workers and used by The Korea Observer in an expose on former dog pets being killed by slaughter yards for consumption:http://goo.gl/025cID.

The Korea Observer intends to do a complete expose of the dog meat industry in South Korea. This includes engaging key political officials, dog farmers, legal officials, animal welfare groups, dog meat restaurant owners, dogmeat association, and who ever else is appropriate. Ideally, through a collective effort, we would like our investigative work to prompt a series of actions that motivate individuals to call for the end of dog meat farming and dog meat consumption in Korea. We will aim for the utopian goal of having the practice outlawed but, sadly, it is not feasible in the short term.

During these investigations we found that smaller backyard dog farms often raise dogs in abusive conditions from birth to death. Dogs are living in torturous conditions prior to being killed on smaller farms that slaughter, sometimes fed the remains of other sick or decaying animals, kept in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, fed food waste collected from restaurants, and stacked on top of each other alive in small cages while being transported to market. Very little care is given to the dogs' well-being in a number of the smaller farms.

We will do everything we can to try to show officials film we've captured, demonstrate that many Korean officials are ashamed of the industry, and use statistics to show public sentiment on the dog meat trade.

Aside from the abuse witnessed and filmed in small farms, our research indicates that there has been growth in large dog farms and price fixing going on arranged by the dog farmers association and its members who usually run large commercial scale farms. We've visited a few of these and interviewed the farmers. We are still in the process of tracking down further large dog farms especially those set up illegally. If we track down any of these huge illegal farms we will expose them as soon as practically possible as well as partner with local animal welfare groups to see how best to approach the situation.

In addition, we'd like to say a big THANK YOU to Koreandogs.org and CARE for all their efforts in attempting to fight against the dogmeat trade in South Korea. There are also several other groups working against the dogmeat trade in South Korea and they all deserve recognition and thanks.

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  1. Minor technical glitch Jan 7, 2016 [01/08/2016] [Edited: 04/09/2017]

16 Comments

  1. Giny Woo

    Exposing the South Korean dog meat cruelty to the world is the first step to getting the attention of the South Korean government to think that this is urgent issue that needs to be addressed. South Korea will not change unless we take actions to protest this heinous crime and injustice. Please donate whatever you can afford. Every penny counts and it can save lives from horrendous cruelty. Thank you!

  2. Darlene H.

    It’d be great if you’d offer a lesser pledge option; like 10.00-20.00 for a thanks.

    • Tae-hoon Lee

      Thank you so much for providing such a great suggestion.

      We have added another pledge option of $10.

      Sincerely.
      Tae-hoon, co-producer of the documentary.

  3. Lisa Bare

    The consumption of dog meat is disgusting. I hate everyone who is involved in this practice. To treat man best friend this way is unforgivable. They need to realize having dogs as family members is a much more lucrative option. Americans spend millions on toys, food, grooming, accessories, trears, vitamins, veterinary care, day care and boarding to name a few. If they chose this route maybe then the rest of the world would not be so disgusted with this whole part of the world.

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      Hello, Cynthia.

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  4. Tina

    Thank you for your efforts in fighting this senseless, violent and extreme torture and killing of dogs. It does nothing but promote tolerance of sadistic and barbaric violence. I believe that we need to expose this documentary to all governments around the world. This is a global issue and rescue has no borders. I hope these poor souls can proclaim victory someday soon. Thank you again, I am looking forward to updates and the beautiful t shirt!

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Risks and challenges

1. Although we will try not to be noticed by corrupt authorities, if found they are likely to pressure us to drop the documentary and threaten us with incarceration. This would only further enhance the quality of the documentary and give international media exposure to a very cruel industry. If this occurs, we will engage other media, animal rights, human rights, and legal rights groups from our contact network to expose the South Korean legal industry for what it is. The project will always go on!

2. There is a risk that our technical equipment and memory cards are stolen or smashed by perpetrators. That is why we will back-up files and use dropbox as well. Thus footage can never be stolen or destroyed even if our equipment is ceased or destroyed.

3. Government officials refuse to engage with us or be interviewed. We will be persistent and insistent. Where necessary, we will send gifts (as outlined in the costing summary) or forge strategic partnerships to obtain footage/documents via other non-traditional (or covert) means. If this in ineffective, we will do stakeouts try to engage the official while they are walking to their car, shopping, drinking at a bar, or even request a lady (a hostess) at a business club (a place where Korean businessmen go to drink and host meetings with female escorts) ask for the information from them.

4. To complete this project well it will take at least 6 more months but more likely be achieved around the 9 month mark. This timeframe factors in several risks including the possibility of encountering hostility from key stakeholders. This is not the first time Tae-hoon and James have encountered these sorts of issues and our experience as journalists provides us with the competency to use this hostility to our advantage.

5. We may get hacked and have our news site vandalised, which is probably the most likely risk. We have already been hacked twice but we have improved security. We have a backup of our site so that if our website is destroyed or taken offline we can restore it without major difficulties. Also, we will store our research on back-up hard drives to ensure we always have a master copy.

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