I officially have come across something that i CAN NOT make myself look at. Read this please but only watch the video if you have time to feel gut wretching tears from deep within your soul and can handle such disgusting disgrace for LIFE. I am sickened and i dont know if its because i am born under the pig in chinese astrology but pigs have always held a dear space in my heart and i am a mess of tears at this coming to my awareness. my tears are streaming down my face as i write this but this empowers me that WE MUST MAKE A STAND AND BRING THIS TO THE PEOPLES AWARENESS. if you can look at this, you are amazing and i would love to meet you and thank you.
From the Earthlings website: Due to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease, South Korea began "culling" pigs in late December. To date, it is reported that as many as 3 million pigs have been buried alive. The cost of the cull is estimated around 230m pounds, whereas a mass vaccination program would've cost only 63m pounds, been far more humane, compassionate, and conscious of our fellow beings. So saddening ..
Pigs are still being buried alive in South Korea, despite reassurance from the Government that such live burials would be stopped. Since November 29, 2010, over 8 million animals have been killed, more than 90% of them buried alive, in one of the worst outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease and bird flu. Over 5,000 Change.org members signed the original petition. As a result of massive protests from private citizens, local and international organizations, the Government pledged that all animals would be 'humanely' killed in line with international guidelines. Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) have reported that 900 pigs were recently buried alive on February 21, in Icheon, Kyungi Province. According to KARA, this is proof that the government's default strategy is still to bury animals alive.
The Seoul-based group Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) recently released a highly graphic video of an actual live burial. Pigs can be seen being dumped into a deep pit; as the mass grave fills up, those at the bottom are crushed. Soil is then shoveled on top of the screaming pigs who are subsequently suffocated to death. Quite frequently, air pockets allow some of the animals to survive for several hours, even days, before succumbing to death - according to witnesses on site, their screams can be heard long after the burial.
Read Petition Letter PETITION LETTER Stop Burying Animals Alive in South Korea !
I am outraged that animals are still being buried alive in South Korea, despite a pledge from the Government that local authorities would only use humane killing methods in line with international guidelines. Live burial is cruel, immoral and illegal. Live burial as a means of disease-control is in violation of the domestic animal protection law and the World Organization for Animal Health's Guidelines on the killing of animals for disease control purposes.
Appalling factory farming conditions have enabled the disease to spread so easily. Animals are slowly suffocated to death in the pits, or crushed beneath the pile of animals who are dumped on top of them. Furthermore, improper burial often allows for air pockets to form, resulting in animals who are left to die from trauma, starvation or dehydration in the dark pits. These burials have already had major health and environmental implications, as the temperature rise has caused the corpses to decay, and contaminants to seep into the water table. Water supplies have already been contaminated in some areas.
Burying animals alive is inhumane - this brutal treatment is a national disgrace. There is no excuse for this level of cruelty, especially not from a modern country like Korea that can easily afford humane culling. The Government must immediately halt all live burials and implement less cruel methods of dealing with the outbreak of FMD and bird flu.
Please stop burying animals alive !