renewal and life, but for the dogs and
cats of South Korea the season is
tantamount to death.
For this time of year marks the start of
'Boknal,' South Korea's dog-eating
festival. A three-week event that
coincides with the height of the
summer growing season.
Every year South Korean dog and cat
meat markets mass slaughter
thousands of animals for their flesh.
The festival itself is deeply rooted in
myth and superstition.
Many people in South
Korea incorrectly believe that
consuming dog meat during the
hottest part of the summer will cool
While the consumption of dogs and
cats is distressing enough in itself, the
horror these creatures endure during
their short lives is extreme.
Ms Fryer explained: "Dogs on farms in
South Korea are confined to crowded,
filthy cages. Before being killed,
they're often beaten to increase the
flow of adrenaline, which dog-flesh
peddlers claim improves the flavour of
the meat and increases male virility.
Cats are kept under equally cruel and
terrifying conditions in markets before
being boiled alive in pressure cookers
in order to extract their "juice" for use
Ms Fryer believes that drawing
awareness to the practices that take
place would change many South
Koreans' attitudes towards the
"Much like many Australians have
never visited an abattoir to see how
cows, chickens, pigs, and lambs are
killed, many South Koreans have never
visited a dog-meat farm and are
unaware of the suffering of animals
used for food."
So before people point the finger and
label the South Korean practice as
savagery, Ms Fryer urges us to look at
our own eating habits.
"The thought of killing, cooking,
dismembering, and eating dogs is
enough for most of us to lose our
lunch, but there's no rational reason
why that same revulsion shouldn't
arise at the thought of eating a pig or
any other animal," she said.
"All animals about to be slaughtered
feel terrified, and none wants to die.
Right here in Australia, scared lambs,
chickens, cows, and pigs are killed as
we wilfully turn a blind eye to the fact
that they're no different from the dogs
we cry for. It's easy to point the finger
at other cultures, but let's be honest
and decent enough to question our
own cruel habits."
*culled from www.news.com.au