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Letter to the editor: End dogs’ suffering in other countries

| Wednesday, July 11, 2018 4:06 p.m

End dogs’ suffering in other countries

Regarding the article “Monroeville pet shop owner to rescue dogs from Korean dog meat farms” (June 7, TribLIVE): I’m extremely thankful for James McGreehan’s plans to rescue dogs. I want to provide additional information on this horrific industry that the article didn’t mention and encourage those who are able to support rescues working to help these animals. Dogs (and cats) are eaten daily in other countries and this is often dismissed as “part of the culture.” During this year’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China June 21-30, 10,000-plus dogs were tortured and slaughtered and then consumed.

Some people question how this is any different from the U.S. butchering pigs, cows, chickens, etc. I don’t think people are aware of the drastic difference in the treatment of these animals. Our small-town farmers don’t torture their animals before butchering. Anyone with an ounce of compassion makes death for livestock as quick as possible.

Contrast that with videos that show festivalgoers laughing while holding up living dogs by ropes wrapped around their necks. Rescue organizations have witnessed dogs being boiled, skinned and burned with blow torches while alive and having their paws and tails cut off — all in front of other dogs awaiting a similar fate. I can’t imagine their absolute terror and pain.

Andrea Halfhill


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