South Korea: Athletes Credit Success To Dog Meat, pet centric, #fightdogmeatSouth Korea: Athletes Credit Success To Dog Meat

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., pet centric, #fightdogmeat

South Korean baseball player Dae-ho Lee, who refused to eat dog meat.

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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Michele Brown,

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9 thoughts on “South Korea: Athletes Credit Success To Dog Meat

  1. Jenalei Griffin - August 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    This is unacceptable, and a disgrace to the human race. We need to end cruelty on animals. Stop inflicting pain and suffering for consumption of humans. I am vegan, and I am just fine without consuming any animal products. Put your wack job beliefs aside, and STOP THE TORTURE! STOP THE MADNESS!

  2. GPC - August 12, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Thank you, Michele. How sad and unfortunate that a dog-eater gets the spotlight. So much blood, sweat and tears into fighting the travesty.
    If some South Koreans are fighting back because many westerners eat meat, too, I think what distinguishes the difference is that it’s “custom” in that and other cultures to torture the animal first. Though it does happen here, it is not our “custom” and when abuse is discovered, there is huge public outcry and legal actions are often taken. Apparently that doesn’t happen enough in South Korea; at least one part of the “western” equation is missing in South Korea: the government is completely apathetic – so far. You’d think they’d be embarrassed by now. They should be.

  3. anonymous - August 12, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I think that it is their business and we don’t have to care about what they eat. The real problem is not what they eat but how they are treated before they are eaten.

    • Sylwia - August 13, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      No!!!! stop animal cruelty stop eating animals!!! how you gonna be humans? if you love one animals and other kill? Eden in Genesis was vegan. We are not created as meat eater. That’s all bullshit lies. meat market is worth billions of dollars. That’s why butchers, doctors and pharmacies lie . To make profits on naive people

  4. Yuri - August 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Before I start, I am Korean I’ve never ate dog meat and never will, no one around me eats dog meat (It is really rare nowadays).
    Eating dog meat began when Korea was at war and everyone was poor hardly had some food on their table. People were starving. Beef and pork were of cousre could only be consumed by the rich, and dog was the only option for the poor. Because dog was their only protein, they believed eating dog(protein) gave them strengh. Nowadays there are still some old people who believe that eating dog will give you strength.

    Now let me tell you what the real problem is.
    Dogs for dog meat are raised in HORRIBLE condition. That is because dog is not registered as a “FOOD” in Korea. So there is no safety and health regulation on how they should be raised. Unlike cows or pigs or any other animals that are raised in openair farms, fed and treated properly, dogs are stuck in their cage eating sh*t rotten food until they are slaughtered in a very unhygienic way. The reason dogs can’t be legally registered as “food” because of the Anti-dog meat group in Korea.
    So realistically we are narrowed down to two options : either to have dog registered as meat and apply health and safety regulation so they are raised in a nice manner or to ban it (which dog-farmer will still raise and slaughter dogs in secret disgusting way).
    At the moment it is the real issue in Korea because either way it is either promoting dogmeat is now official in Korea or dogs raised in unhygeinic misserable cage.

    • Christa Klose - August 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Yuri. We eat all meat but we dont throw our animals live in boiling water. We dont skinned them alive. This is where the difference lie. Humanity!

      • Yuri - August 23, 2016 at 4:21 pm

        Yes that is my point. The problem is since dog meat is not catagorised as “food” in Korea, there is no regulation how to handle them eg. raising and butchering them. There are some people who insists that dog meat should be registered as meat so they are treated as cows or chickens. But there are also people against dog meat officially being catagorised as “meat”. It is hard both way because one way or other, you are either admitting dog meat as food or letting the dogs live in unhygeinic cage until they are butchered alive.

    • Johanna - August 15, 2016 at 6:27 am

      And how do you explain the torturing of those poor dogs before they are killed, because it is believed that the more tortured the dog the more “delicious”the meat????? Barbaric practices!! Stop eating dog meat!!!!

  5. Gargi Samadar - August 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Please do not slaughter your best friends!You won’t find a more loving and loyal friend on earth!Display some human compassion as a human being!


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