Friday, January 7, 2011

Blood in the tap water

There is currently an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Korea, which has brought some--but not enough--attention to the extremely inhumane way that the Korean government deals with this problem: by dumping live animals into large holes and burying them alive.

Link to more info and photos at the Korean Animal Rights Advocates website

Apparently the vinyl lining on one of these holes got torn up when the panicked animals were struggling and dying, causing blood to leak into the groundwater. Here's an article about some residents of Paju city who have blood coming out of their taps. (Somewhere Stephen King is smiling slightly and stroking his beard, if he has one.)

Ummmmmm, this is really a clusterfuck of food safety, water quality and animal welfare issues, all rolled into something that I should try not to compare to wartime atrocities. We (animal welfare promoters) need some kind of metric for animal cruelty that doesn't hysterically invoke Nazis and Stalin, but damn if I know what it is. It's just dumping live animals in the ground and letting them suffocate, I guess. If that doesn't disturb someone on its own, then PETA rhetoric probably won't help.

Culling is not unusual in Korea (video)
Lots of photos (website in Korean)
Protests in Seoul against the culling

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