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South Korea burying thousands of pigs alive

January 10, 2011

We hate to interrupt our happy little blog with such horrific news, but we felt we had to do what little we could do to spread the word and hopefully pressure decision makers into doing the right thing. The South Korean government is culling tens-of-thousands of pigs in an effort to battle hoof and mouth disease by burying them alive. These are the sort of activities that go on in today’s factory farming system that the public doesn’t want to know about. Over 4.4 million cattle were slaughtered in the UK following their mad cow disease outbreak.

Peta has posted an action item, calling on people to email the South Korean ambassador to the UN and politely urge him to use more humane methods.

More background information is on KARA’s news page on the culling. Warning, they have posted some images there which are as horrible as you might imagine.

Please take a moment to visit the Peta page and send a polite but firm email to the ambassador stating that this sort of cruel and inhumane killing is wrong and needs to be stopped.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2011 11:39 am

    I had a feeling you would blog about this. I read it the day after it happened and was quite upset by it (not the sort of thing you like to read after you wake up). 😦 Truly disturbing, one can only hope that similar incidents will be handled differently next time. Apart from the cruelty it seems to be a poorly thought-out plan, I remember seeing a rather large rip in the vinyl.. Not sure how that will ‘contain’ the disease.

    • Bill permalink*
      January 11, 2011 8:05 pm

      Yes, Julia. Not exactly the kind of news you want to wake up to. It’s been a rough week for news….
      KARA was reporting that there already have been some claims about possible contamination of water sources for nearby residents and that some of the workers responsible for the culling have been requesting counseling. As happens all too often, the people making the decisions don’t have to suffer the consequences.

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