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2 million cats and dogs slaughtered every year
Main dog fur exporter: China
12 to 15 adult dogs needed to make a dog fur coat
Up to 24 cats needed for cat fur coat
Cat and dog fur also used in hats, gloves, shoes, blankets, stuffed animals and toys
Dog fur sometimes labelled as: Gae-wolf, sobaki, Asian jackal, goupee, loup d"Asie, Corsac fox, dogues du Chine, or simply fake or exotic fur
Cat fur sometimes labelled as: house cat, wild cat, katzenfelle, rabbit, goyangi, mountain cat
Below an article from the Chosun Ilbo Daily News (Korea)
“Boshintang, Now Let"s Eat Proudly!"
Chosun Ilbo Daily News
July 15, 1997
Dog meat stew has been loved by our nation for centuries- it is our traditional food, and eating it is a proud thing.
The original name is Kae Jang Kuk, which means “dog meat stew". Why did our ancestors eat this on the first day of the canicular period (the very hottest summer days)? It is because dog meat stew is the most suitable food for restoring the body after the heat of the dog days (canicular heat). By eating boiled dog meat, which is so high in proteins, energy and stamina, those overcome by the heat of canicular, will be once again replenished.
Dog meat stew is filled with our nation"s wisdom, and has been loved since the distant past. Now let us eat it proudly and, with good health, see the summer come to an end. Efficacy of dog meat stew appeared in old literature:
Yol yang se-si-ki: In the canicular period, boiled dog meat raises “Yang" (male principle in Chinese philosophy.)
Dong kuk se-si-ki: Sweating while eating dog meat stew defeats the heat and replenishes weakness.
Dong ui bo kam: Dog meat comforts the five viscera- it controls blood vessels; strengthens the intestines and the stomach; fills in the bone marrow; warms the waist and the knees; and in general increases the strength of the body.
South Korea attempts to boost dog meat industry
AM Archive – Wednesday, 8 May , 2002 00:00:00
Reporter: Mark Simkin
LINDA MOTTRAM: South Korea"s much maligned dog meat industry is preparing an offensive to coincide with the international attention the country will receive with the Soccer World Cup.
It wants to use the world"s biggest sporting event which kicks off in Seoul at the end of the month to promote dog consumption, even planning sampling parties for foreign tourists. The dog dealers say there"s no difference to eating dogs as to eating cows or kangaroos but the criticism they still face is that the dogs are horribly mistreated.
North Asia correspondent Mark Simkin reports.
MARK SIMKIN: At a restaurant in downtown Seoul, diners are tucking into dog soup and dog stew.
“Yum, delicious," this mans says, “hey waiter you should have given me more skin, I love the dog skin".
There are 6,000 dog restaurants in South Korea. Opinion polls suggest one third of the population has eaten dog in the last year.
“I had tuberculosis in my body when I was a child" this diner says “the disease was cured with this food, that"s why I come here to enjoy it. Also I believe it is our traditional culture and food".
The dog restaurants are the relatively respectable end of the industry. In South Korea"s dog markets the conditions are squalid, the dogs are crammed into tiny, rusty cages. Every now and then a dog is dragged out of a cage to be slaughtered. It"s obvious the animal knows what"s coming.
Despite government assurances that only farmed dogs are eaten, there"s plenty of evidence that pets are also consumed. While most dogs are killed by electrocution, some are still tortured to death, hung by the neck and beaten with sticks. No surprise then that Western animal welfare groups are appalled by the notion of canine cuisine.
They"ve been lobbying hard in the lead-up to the World Cup and have forced FIFA, the body that runs world soccer, to demand South Korea improve the way it treats dogs.
Something similar happened in 1988 when Seoul hosted the Olympics. Then the Government bowed to foreign pressure and temporarily closed the dog restaurants. This time though Korea"s response is very different. It"s telling FIFA and the West to mind its own business.
Lee Jae Joung is a government MP.
LEE JAE JOUNG: Nowadays we have to respect different cultures and different tradition. Somehow we have understood that kind of criticism is a kind of discrimination or a racial misunderstanding.
MARK SIMKIN: Instead of lying low during the World Cup, the dog meat industry is planning a football offensive. Parliament has started debating legislation to legalise the sale of dog meat and the dog dealers have formed a federation to promote their product to foreign tourists.
“Our Federation will hold sampling parties near World Cup venues" says the head of the Federation, Park Sung Su, “they will feature special menu items. We will serve dog recipes especially made for foreigners, dog hamburgers or sandwiches or sweet and sour dog for Chinese people."
The Federation is confident the World Cup will result in a massive increase in dog meat consumption. This is Mark Simkin in Seoul for AM