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"It's Their Destiny"
News items on Asian animal abuse
July 16, 2009
Koreans Protest Dog Eating
We are pleased to be able to forward on the following
report from the Korea Times, perhaps a sign that there is hope for the
future. Our congratulations to our Korean colleagues who have campaigned for
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Concert Consoles Puppies on Dog Day
By Park Si-soo
For human beings, summer is a thrilling season. Millions
of Koreans escape from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life to enjoy their
freedom under the blazing sunshine.
For dogs, however, it must be an appalling period as tens
of thousands of chubby dogs are slaughtered for use in an energy-boosting
Any sense of guilty?
An inaugural concert for puppies and dogs was held in
Cheongdo, North Gyeongsang Province, Tuesday.
It marks ``Chobok'' ? the first of the so-called dog days
in July-August when dog meat soup called ``boshintang' ' is consumed
nationwide as a traditional health food for summer.
The concert symbolizes the changing lifestyle of Koreans,
with more and more men refraining from eating dog meat these days out of
concerns at the content of boshintang.
Due to a lack of supply, boshintang sometimes contains
other animal meat, including rabbit and cat. Sometimes ill and stray dogs
are used for boshintang.
On the other hand, many young Koreans love to live with
puppies and dogs as pets, and this new generation has grown up without
eating dog soup.
A Seoul-based 64-member symphony orchestra and popular
K-pop singers went to Cheongdo, 320 kilometers south of Seoul, to play in
the unprecedented event, hosted by famous comedian Jeon Yoo-sung. Cheongdo
ward office was the sponsor.
The 60-year-old comedian, now retired, is well known for
his eccentric and norm-breaking repertoire.
``Dogs have sacrificed themselves a lot for humans. But we
have done nothing for them. That's the reason for the event,'' Jeon said.
``I hope this event will help refresh their minds during the stressful
Raising the curtain at 8 p.m. with the ``Light Cavalry
Overture'' composed by Suppe, the orchestra played a variety of classical
and contemporary music pieces, whose themes either originated from dogs or
were helpful in consoling their ``sacrifice. ''
The concert went on for about two hours under torrential
To enter the venue, small dogs were required to wear a
name tag, while wearing a muzzle was necessary for larger dogs, the office
``Among the music played were marching songs such as `Pomp
and Circumstance' composed by Elgar, and others by Beethoven. This is to
keep participating dogs from being disheartened so much during the season,''
Jeon said. ``I am considering making it an annual event.''