Dog Meat Festival, October

Unfortunately part of reporting the facts can be distasteful and extremely disturbing, which is exactly how I feel about this next article. I also included actual recipes that dog meat is used in just to show what an awful reality and truth this is…..

Dog Meat Festival, October

On October, we made our way to a little town called Seocheon, on the west coast of South Korea. We drove through the rolling hills, picturesque creeks and fields of flowers. But the beauty of South Korea’s countryside belies the carnage that goes on in its hills, behind fenced properties, under the brightly shining sun of early fall.

The fact that Koreans eat dog is not such a large issue as the ways in which dogs are treated and regarded. That is the real problem. Dogs can be heard barking, breaking the serenity of the woods. Dogs crying, howling and whimpering is a heart-wrenching but common sound heard in these parts. In fact, it can be heard all over South Korea.

As we approached our final destination, we could hear the barking of a hundred dogs in a nearby dog farm. We could not see them. The barking rose from the woods, almost as if the ghosts of slaughtered came back to haunt the serene countryside of the Korean people. We came to a large parking lot, just across the street from the dog farm and could hear the jubilation of the Dog Meat Festival going on. An announcer was gleefully encouraging a group of young people to sing their hearts out. Old men sat off to the side, drinking and remembering old times. The women buzzed around, cooking, selling farming produce and talking excitedly. Everything seemed eerily normal, yet there were indicators that things were not normal, and not OK.

A group of young anti-dog meat protesters were there, filming and photographing everything in site. Police were everywhere, some in uniform, most were not. Officials in black suits stood around nervously, eyes darting everywhere, watching everyone and everything. Tables were set up, selling dog meat posters, dog recipes, dog wine, dog cooking books, dog oil, and of course, actual dog meat.

As we drew nearer to the events, all attention shifted to us. Everyone smiled and laughed uncomfortably, talking about the “foreign invasion.” The MC tried to “bribe” us with a box of kim (dried, salted seaweed sheets, common with many Korean meals) to keep the peace. They had no idea what we were about to do, and as they had seen on TV, foreigners can get quite radical at protesting.

We wasted no time and spread out to begin photographing. People approached us wondering what we were doing there. “Many foreigners are curious about this aspect of Korea and need an explanation,” we explained. We talked to one dog meat lover and asked him what he thought. “I eat dog meat because it is delicious. I am not ashamed. I don’t understand why there is so much fuss about eating dog. It is part of our culture.” His pile of white dog bones, with some meat still clinging to the bones, said it all. “Last night, someone threw huge rocks onto this tent and destroyed it. The owners spent a good part of the morning cleaning the mess and fixing the tents. We don’t know who did it.”

Our team had a good idea who it was: animal lovers. Each year, tens of thousands of dogs are slaughtered in such cruel and inhumane ways, it sickens even many Koreans. Blow torching alive, hangings over bridges by their necks, storages in cramped and disgusting cages, and beatings, are some of the ways these dogs die. The more painful, the better many believe; it adds to the quality of the meat.

Many Koreans eat dogs for increased virility and stamina. Originally, Koreans ate dog because there was a meat shortage. Not really anything cultural, but more out of necessity. But now, with food plentiful everywhere, many Korean animal rights groups are calling for a ban on this practice. They pressure legislators, write letters, protest, publish, break into dog farms and snap photos. But still, the practice goes on, and the Korean government refuses to halt the practice, despite both national and international pressure.

As we left that little town, with its nice people and friendly hospitality, we still could not help but feel sad and horrified at what we saw and experienced. We felt it was not only our duty to stop it, but to expose it. Maybe if we expose it, enough pressure on the Koreans who torture dogs and the legislators who support it will make them see the dogs as we do; lovable, loyal creatures who deserve more than a short life and a cruel and painful death.

Here are resources that you can use to put in your two cents and learn more about the dog meat industry.

Dog Farm – An expose of a dog farm, taken in 2002.

Dog Brutality
– Protest against bad conditions for dogs

Korea Animal Protection Society

Sign a petition

Anti-Dog meat Movement Headquarters – Dog meat farms in Korea and other counties. Heartbreaking and sickening photos of dogs being painfully slaughtered. Detailed documentation of how dogs are treated before dying.

Cuisine of Dog Meat

1. Bosintang (soup)

Dog Soup is called, Gaejang, Gajangkuk, or Gujang, Gujangaeng,
Guyoukgeng. It has been called Bosintang from the later part of 1940,but during
the period of the 1988 Olympic games, it was banned to use the name of
Bosintang, so its name was replaced by Youngyangtang, Sacheoltang,
Mungmungtang. But nowadays, the name of Bosintang is widely used instead
of Youngyangtang. Bosintang is made by boiling dog meat with thin soy paste,
tearing it into pieces, putting ingredients such as green onion, leek, stalk of taro,
brake into broth, and boiling it again to make Bosintang. In Kyungsang
province, to get rid of the smell, perilla purple are put in the soup. Perilla are
also used for ridding the smell. Taste of perilla is similar to that of dog, and
it becomes a good match to dog meat. Side dishes of dog meat are Kimchi,
fresh peppers, and cucumbers. Adding a glass of Soju(liquor) enhances the

The standard amount of ingredients for one portion.

(1) Ingredients

100g of boiled dog meat, 500g of gravy, 20g of green onion, 10g of a leek,
10g of perilla leaves, 100g of taro stalk soaked in water.

(2) Sauce

8g of salt, 2g of mashed garlic, 3g of perilla, 2g of red pepper, 2g of mashed
ginger, a little amount of pepper.

(3) Cooking instruction

After boiling the meat with gravy and stalk of taro for some time, boil again
after putting vegetables an d other ingredients into it. Before eating, sprinkle
pepper on it and put into an earthen bowl. The stalk of taro is to be kept in cold
water one or two days to get rid of its smell and taste.

Bosintang Picture

2. Jeongol (boiled dog meat mixed with spices and vegetables)

Eat while boiling to boil down some of the soup. Add lots of dog meat and
ingredients. Vegetables such as dropwort, perilla leaves, green onion and other
ingredients such as garlic, pepper, and red pepper are put in. It can be served
for a side dish with Soju (liquor) or for eating boiled rice. After eating, boiled
rice can be mixed with the remaining soup.

The standard amount of ingredients for one portion.

(1) Ingredients

200g of boiled dog meat, 150g of gravy, 50g of green onion, 50g of leek, 40g
of dropwort, 20g of perilla

(2) Sauce

3g of salt, 5g of perilla, 10g of mashed garlic, 2g of red pepper, a little amount
of pepper.

(3) Cooking Instructions

Eat while boiling the soup, dog meat, gravy, vegetables and other ingredients
in a pan. If it is excessively boiled, the color of vegetables can be changed,
deteriorating the taste of the soup. So once it is boiled, cooking over a weak fire,
begin eating.

Jeongol Picture

3. Suyuk(a boiled dog meat)

Suyuk is eaten with specific ingredients or salt. Add heat to the meat by boiling
water or steam for prevention from cooling down. Ingredients are to be made of
the mixture of soy bean paste with perilla, and one can eat the dog meat with the
addition of salt or these ingredients and wrapping it with perilla and lettuce.
Eating it with mildly-boiled leek is common. When eating Suyuk, Soju(liquor) is
usually accompanied by for its taste.

The standard amount of ingredients for one portion.

(1) Ingredients

200g of boiled dog meat, 50g of gravy, 1g of salt, 1g of garlic, a little amount
of pepper, leek, perilla leaves

(2) Sauce

It can be enjoyed at one’s taste with the addition of mixture of soy bean
paste, sesame oil, perilla oil, or with salt on it.

(3) Cooking instructions

Put dog meat and gravy and ingredients into pan, and steam it with a weak
fire, eat with sauce. One can eat with boiled-leek. Perilla powder, perilla oil,
mustard, vinegar are to be added to the sauce.

Suyuk Picture

4. Duruchigi (mixture with seasonings)

It is a food made by mixing dog meat with seasonings and vegetables, and
boiling and roasting them. When eating Duruchigi, Soju(liquor) is usually
accompanied for its taste.

The standard amount of ingredients for one portion.

(1) Ingredients

200g of boiled dog meat, 20ml of gravy, 50g of green onion, 50g of leek, 40g
of dropwort, 20g of perilla leave, a little pepper, 5g of perilla oil, 1g of salt, 2g of
mashed garlic, 2g of mashed ginger, 2g of red pepper

(2) Cooking instructions

Put gravy and vegetables into heated pan and roast them, and after vegetables
become softened, put dog meat and ingredients into the pan and mix them. If it
is not salty enough, dip in the sauce.

Duruchigi Picture

5. Dogmeat Food developed by Professor Ann

Digested dogmeat : Dogmeat hydrolyzed by protease
Dogmeat powder : Digested dog meat powder
Dogmeat extract : Water extract of digested dogmeat and medical ingredient
Dogmeat wine : Wine of wax gourd and digested dogmeat fermented by yeast
Dogmeat vinegar : Vinegar of wax gourd and digested dogmeat fermented by
Dogmeat red pepper paste : Red pepper paste fermented with the addition of
digested dogmeat
Dogmeat soy bean paste : Soy bean paste fermented with the addition of
digested dogmeat
Dogmeat soy sauce : Soy sauce fermented with the addition of digested
Dogmeat-red pepper paste pickle : Dogmeat pickled in red pepper paste
Dogmeat Kimchi : Kimchi fermented with the addition of digested dogmeat
Dog intestine sausage : Dog intestine into which blood of dog, vegetable and
dogmeat are stuffed
Dogmeat can : Canned dogmeat
Dogmeat noodle : Noodle with the addition of digested dogmeat
Dogmeat Chinese noodles : Chinese noodle with the addition of digested
Dogmeat puree : Puree with the addition of digested dogmeat
Dogmeat soup : Soup with the addition of digested dogmeat
Dogmeat beverage : Beverage of the dilution of digested dogmeat
Dogmeat mayonnaise : Mayonnaise from vinegar, digested dogmeat, oil and
Dog oil mayonnaise : Mayonnaise from vinegar, dog oil and egg
Dogmeat ketchup : Ketchup from the mixture of digested dogmeat, tomato
Dogmeat bread : Bread with the addition of digested dogmeat
Dogmeat cooky : Cooky with the addition of digested dogmeat
Dogmeat hamburger : Hamburger pad made of dogmeat
Dogmeat cutlet : Cutlet made of dogmeat
Dogmeat ham : Ham made of dogmeat
Dogmeat sausage : Sausage made of dogmeat
Dogmeat cosmetics : Cream, essence and emulsion made from dog oil

Dogmeat-Food Picture
Dogmeat-Hamburger, Cooky ang Bread Picture
Dog Oil-Csmetics Picture

6. Dogmeat hamburger restaurant in Korea

Address: Renoir Restaurant, 143-5 Songpa-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul.
Tel: (02) 421-6345
Menu: dog meat hamburger, dogmeat cutlet, dogmeat meatball, dogmeat soup

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