Petition update · ‘Street of Horror’ Dog slaughterhouses in the heart of Seoul, South Korea! ·



Tell  Sister City, Seoul, S. Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.
by Isabel S. Han · 28,669 supporters
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‘Street of Horror’ Dog slaughterhouses in the heart of Seoul, South Korea!
Isabel S. Han
Washington, DC

May 17, 2016 — Click to watch video or read:

In the center of Seoul, Korea is an alley known as “Health Food Center Alley.” One side of the alley is filled with tiny black metal cages. Inside those tiny black metal cages are dogs huddled together, awaiting their fate. Next to those cages are piles of dog meat.

Pass by plastic bags filled with intestinal organs to be thrown away and you enter the slaughterhouse itself. The floor is covered with garbage and grime. Scattered around are many tools of the trade, including the fur removal drum.

“Is this old?” asks the undercover reporter. “No, I just butchered it earlier,” he responds. With no sanitation gloves on his hands, he grabs the piece of meat and shows it to the reporter. It weighs 6.5 Geun, the Korean unit of weight (1 Geun = 600 g, 1.232 lbs), he tells the reporter, and costs 7,500 won per Geun.

TV Chosun, a Korean cable tv channel, has reported on dog slaughterhouses in Seoul and the impact they have on local residents. Slaughterhouses are being openly operated in the heart of the city, and nearby residents are suffering from the noise of barking dogs and the stench of the slaughter; sanitation at the slaughterhouses is in complete disarray.

This alley is filled with these slaughterhouses.

A passerby from Jongam-dong, Seoul says that he can’t describe the feeling. People who pass this alley, he says, probably feel nauseous just from walking by.

Jeongmin Park from Jaegi-dong, Seoul is afraid to pass this so-called “Health Food Center Alley” and finds the stench appalling.

But since dogs are not classified as livestock, there are no regulations on the dog slaughterhouses. Even with the unsanitary conditions, there is no punishment other than fines. There are more than 1000 businesses that sell dog meat within Seoul, but this slaughter of dogs is in a management blind spot. Watch the report:

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Dog that died in PetSmart groomer’s care had broken ribs, punctured lung: police | WPMT FOX43

Dog that died in PetSmart groomer’s care had broken ribs, punctured lung: police
Posted 6:07 PM, May 17, 2016, by Tribune Media Wire


SAN MATEO, Calif. – A PetSmart groomer has been arrested after a 1-year-old dachshund died while in his care, officials said.

Authorities responded to the store in the 3500 block of South El Camino Real in San Mateo, California, on Sunday evening after a report that a dog had died there, police said in a news release.


Juan Zarate is shown in a booking photo provided by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office on May 17, 2016.

The dog’s owner indicated that he had taken his dog, Henry, to the store for a grooming session when the groomer, Juan Zarate, 38, of San Francisco, said the dog was suffering from a medical emergency. The dog was bleeding from the mouth and having trouble breathing, police said.

Zarate took Henry to the on-site veterinarian who tried to save the animal, but it died a few minutes later.

An X-ray determined the dog had suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung, officials said.

Officers eventually determined that Zarate likely contributed to the animal’s death and he was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, police said.

The Peninsula Humane Society took custody of the dog and will conduct a necropsy to determine the nature of the injuries and the specific cause of death.

“This is a tragic case of animal cruelty and thus, led to decisive action in the arrest of the alleged offender,” police said in the news release.

“The pets in our community can’t speak for themselves, so its inherent on all of us to be alert to the signs and symptoms of animal cruelty and neglect.”

“We are heartbroken by the loss of Henry,” PetSmart spokeswoman Michelle Friedman told the Los Angeles Times.

“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of pets, and we take full responsibility for the pets in our care.”

PetSmart said it is working with police and will take immediate action on any findings made, according to the Times.

“Any incident of animal cruelty goes against everything we believe as a company and as individual pet parents,” Friedman said. “No words can express our deep sorrow for the family, and we will continue to work with the pet parent during this difficult time.”

Zarate posted bail and was released from custody Monday night, according to the Times.

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 23 and prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine whether charges will be filed against Zarate, San Mateo County District Atty. Steve Wagstaffe told the Times.

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