South Korea is the 2016 Olympic Champion women’s archery team for the eighth time in a row and for one team member, eating dog meat is attributed to the win. Ki Bo Bae’s father says eating dog meat, starting when she was at high school, was a treasure which helped her perform better in archery and achieve good high school grades. Read more: click here.
After her team’s successful performance, Ki Bo Bae waved her arms in the air with jubilation. But as news of her dog eating hit social media, outrage broke out against her from animal lovers around the world.
Ki Bo Bae’s connection to dog meat is not South Korea’s first athlete admission to consuming dog meat. In 1988 it was estimated that one quarter of South Korea’s then 40-million population had eaten dog. One in 10 Koreans had eaten cat. Over decades, many Korean athletes have been pleased with the results of the traditional medicine treatments, which includes consuming dog and cat meat, believing traditional methods take effect far more quickly than Western methods.
In 2003 professional baseball player Dae-ho Lee, aka Don Lee, refused to eat dog soup, which the rest of his South Korean team regularly enjoyed. Not including Lee, the 2003 baseball team’s coach accredited dog meat for his team’s physical strength and stamina.
In 2012 South Korean athletes preparing their bodies for the Olympic Games announced they were sticking with traditional medicine to treat any aches, sprains and tears that could compromise their chances of gold. A lot of traditional medicine involves eating dog meat and cat meat. Dog meat is available in elixir ‘health tonic” drinks, tablets, soups and strews, and so on. Cat is widely available as an elixir ‘health tonic’ drink.
As news of the archery medalist eating dog meat sweeps across social media, South Korean locals began hitting back against the “west knows best” mentality by reminding people that if they eat any sort of meat or fish then they are no better than a dog eater. Pigs are used as an example, kept in cramped sow pens and brutally slaughtered, yet bacon is one of the west’s favorite foods. South Koreans are arguing the subject should be meat consumption – any sort of meat, not just one species, meaning dogs.
South Korea is quietly moving toward hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in the elected city of PyeongChang, with the motto: New Horizons (Korean : 새로운 지평, Saeroeun Jipyeong) Fight Dog Meat is addressing South Korea to accept their own motto about eating dogs and cats: New Horizons With No Dog And Cat Meat (FightDogMeat.)
Being an Olympic Host carries responsibilities and thrusts the host nation under a spotlight. Fight Dog Meat will be putting a spotlight onto the use of dog and cat meat, used by athletes in traditional medicine. Dog meat is available in various forms. including dried dog meat which is available as jerky or in capsules, and falsely believed to cure ailments, illnesses and injuries.
Fight Dog Meat will continue to bring you more information on South Korea’s dog and cat meat trade.
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