Stop South Korea From Burying Pigs Alive

Last Friday South Korea said it had killed more than 1.3 million pigs and cattle in a frantic effort to control the worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease the country has ever witnessed. 

 

The massive culling of the animals began six weeks ago when more than 100 cases of foot-and-mouth disease were confirmed in pigs and cattle.  According to Reuters this has led to, “Hundreds of thousands of authorities working day and night to slaughter the animals.”

 

The South Korean government is using a horrific method to end the lives of these animals – especially the pigs. 

 

They are ordering farmers, soldiers and local officials to pile thousands of pigs into trucks and drop them into mass graves where they are buried alive.

 

Animal activists worldwide have protested the atrocity, but Korean bureaucrats continue to ignore their pleas. The government is justifying use the cruel method because of a shortage of anesthetics in the country. 

 

Reports say that as many as 34,000 pigs have been killed in a single day. 

 

Groups such as PETA say that an inexpensive vaccine is available, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the vaccine must be matched to the specific type and subtype of the virus before it can help sick animals.  The USDA did not say whether such a vaccine was being developed for the pigs and cattle in Korea.

 

In the meantime South Korea is using a basic vaccine on unaffected animals in parts of the country where the epidemic hasn’t hit.

 

Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious virus that can affect cloven hoofed animals like cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, bison and deer.  Any country with cases of the disease is prohibited from exporting the meat or by-products from that animal.

 

Typical measures to control the disease include quarantine and the destruction of infected livestock. Recently “marker” vaccines have been used as well.  The virus it not usually transmissible to humans.

 

Trauma To The Workers

The massive killings are taking a toll on the farmers, soldiers, police, health officials and other workers who have been forced to end the lives of the animals.

 

South Korean officials announced Monday they would offer therapy for these workers.

 

The numbers of animals these workers have killed is staggering.  Reports from the province of South Chungcheong said that more than 90,000 pigs and cattle have been slaughtered in the area.  The province will offer “stress treatment” to the workers.

 

Workers involved in the culling are suffering from insomnia, fearfulness, hallucinations and loss of appetite.

 

And there doesn’t seem to be an end to the killing in the near future.  Four new cases of foot-and-mouth disease were confirmed on January 10.

 

Since November 29, South Korea has lost about seven percent of its cattle and pigs.  And for the past two weeks the country has been monitoring chickens because of an outbreak of the avian flu virus.

 

Call To Action

 

Please Sign the petition to stop the inhumane culling of the South Korean animals.

 

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294 comments

Jean B.
Jean B4 years ago

I understand that animals infected foot & mouth have to be culled but there are better ways to cull them and not burying them alive, that is outrageous, it's like burying 3year old children alive!!! A few years ago UK had a horrendous outbreak and was dealt with in the correct manner with the bodies being burned once they had been culled. There is no excuse for this treatment of animals, surely a bullet to the head is better than burying them alive.

Lindsay Sky
Lindsay Sky5 years ago

Quite frankly I don't even think any type of animal should be killed for some dumbasses pleasure.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

They don't have a kinder way of mass murdering them? They are ignorant people. There are no vets there to help put them down humanely? I can't believe that.

valda p.
valda p5 years ago

There has to be a more humane way of killing these poor pigs,what a horrific way to die,couldn't they have been shot?or are bullets too expensive,just another example of "man's'cruel indifference to the suffering of animals.

Stephen B.
Stephen B5 years ago

You can see animalrightskorea dot org for up to date info. Don't believe the official notices from the Korean government. I live here. Live burials have been reported in all the media (in Korean). English coverage has been fairly basic.

Valerie K.
Valerie K.5 years ago

Notably, pigs are THE SMARTEST domestic animal on the list. This is incomprehensibly hellish and heinous and cruel.

Vicki R.
Vicki R5 years ago

When are people going to get the hint that animals are not meant for us to consume?

I am Vegan and I have never felt better in my life and I have a clear body and mind. Not filled with all the chemicals and antibiotics. 80 percent of all antibiotics are used on animals no it isn't working for them.

We are killing of the birds as the government thinks there were too many Starlings. This is insanity. Other birds and animals are going to die too.

We are at war with all the animals and on land and in the oceans. I hope the animals win! They are the innocent ones.

Maura O.
Maura O.5 years ago

Frank
You miss the point...your arrogance is just amazing.
The protests is over the inhumane treatment AND South Korea choosing not to vaccinate the animals instead of culling. They are killing animals that are not diseased as well as those who are.
Buried alive takes just minutes does it....i am sure there was many animals alive for long periods of time, struggling. I don't eat meat because of killing animals period.

This culling was barbaric to say the least and backwards. talk to farmers who do slaughter. Most I have spoken to disagree with this method and call it cruel.

Open wide and keep shovelling your meat in and shut the hell up.

Tori   INACTIVE W.
Past Member 5 years ago

and for those of you inclined to calling everyone else names..think again...i grew up in farm country and started out working in packing houses...i know exactly what it takes to kill an animal....and how it is done....what i cannot understand is why korea didn't ask for any help from other countries...is they didn't have the means for some type of humane treatment or death...then why didn't they at least ask...and yes..i know a disease like this needs to be dealt with quickly....but there could have been better ways....and many farm areas already have emergency plans in place to deal with such instances.....so take your stupid prejudices and stop believe that everyone who doesn't think like you is stupid...sorry...to disappoint you..but you are wrong...

Tori   INACTIVE W.
Past Member 5 years ago

and for those of you inclined to calling everyone else names..think again...i grew up in farm country and started out working in packing houses...i know exactly what it takes to kill an animal....and how it is done....what i cannot understand is why korea didn't ask for any help from other countries...is they didn't have the means for some type of humane treatment or death...then why didn't they at least ask...and yes..i know a disease like this needs to be dealt with quickly....but there could have been better ways....and many farm areas already have emergency plans in place to deal with such instances.....so take your stupid prejudices and stop believe that everyone who doesn't think like you is stupid...sorry...to disappoint you..but you are wrong...