Just 25 miles from the Olympics, the painful sight of Korea’s dog meat trade is laid bare. USA TODAY Sports
HONGSEONG, South Korea – Jasmine, Hector, Winnie and dozens more like them barked, whined and paced in their cages. Most were undernourished, with patchy and matted fur, and shivered in the biting cold of a February day.
Some cowered in meager scraps of hay as humans approached while others forced paws and damp snouts between rusty iron bars, eager for any sort of contact.
Scenes like this can still be found at thousands of farms all over South Korea, where dogs are bred in wretched settings as both pets, and as meat, for a controversial industry that consumes up to a million dogs a year, according to Korean Animal Rights Advocates, a Seoul-based non-profit group. Continue reading “South Koreans still eat a million dogs a year, but changing attitudes have cut demand”