South Korea has a thriving dog meat industry, calculated to be over $2-billion, as a result of the slaughter of in excess of two-and-a-half million dogs. The South Koreans serve dog meat in more than 20,000 restaurants nationwide.
Those statistics become even more sobering when you consider that translates to around 7,000 slaughtered dogs daily.
The statistics continue this way – Koreans consume over 100,000 tons of dog meat on an annual basis. Another 93,600 tons of dog meat are used to produce health tonics, called Gae-Soju. This tonic is made when dogs are boiled with specific herbs until the liquid turns into a very thick liquid.
When cats are made into such a health tonics, the resulting product is called Goyangyee Soju.
The S. Korean's Animal Protection Law, which was passed in 1991, considers dogs to be "domestic pets," but the shadowy and illicit world of the dog and cat industry flourishes because of the shameful indifference of the S. Korean government and the demand from the consumers.
As America wrestles with the horse slaughter issues, the South Koreans are consuming not only horses, but no dog or cat can be safe there.
Makes me wonder what else will be on the menu.
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