Koreans Triple Horse Slaughter Production

horse-meatUp until recently, South Korean production of horse meat has been relatively low (relative to other countries and Canada) but according to the Korea Observer, the number of horses slaughter has tripled, up to 1,036 in 2014. The fact that the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs is promoting the consumption of horse meat, along with horse meat recipes and tasting events will no doubt be something that the Canadian government plans to exploit as well.  As per the Canada/Korea Free Trade Agreement, all exported equine meat, skins and hair products are completely without tariffs. In Korea, it is also common to eat raw horse meat. Apparently the Koreans are not fully cognizant of the risks with raw meat:

“The most important thing at this moment is to increase the supply of horse meat.”

Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency

Source: Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency

An official at the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency claims that horses are slaughtered in the same manner as cows and he sees no reason that horses should be treated differently from other animals that people eat.

Of course, Korean animal rights groups, oppose the slaughter. The Korean Animal Welfare Association objects on the basis that horses are a species that bonds with humans, so consuming horse meat creates uneasiness amongst many people.

“We knock out horses with the same hammer that we use for cows. Things may get a little messy if they do not pass out at the first blow.  Once they faint, we shoot a metal rod into their brain.”

horse oilThe South Koreans are also busy ramping up the markets for donkey milk and horse “oil.” It’s clear from their descriptions of the perceived usefulness of these products that they are relying on pseudoscience when they proclaim that horse “oil” has healing and sterilizing properties. In fact, the so-called benefits of horse “oil” sounds similar to many other eastern remedies that are not supported by science-based medicine, including “snail slime” and “pig collagen” facial treatments, also popular in Korea and elsewhere.

12 comments

  1. Canada exports American horses live over seas to be slaughtered in China, Japan and others.

    1. I FIND THIS SO HORRIFIC THAT I COULD BE SICK !! I DETEST THIS LIFE FOR ANIMALS I TRULY DO !!

  2. Mary Croft · ·

    We must remain vigilant and push for education and awareness. All nations are guilty of cruelty and an appalling attitude toward earth’s inhabitants.

  3. HIT THEM WITH A HAMMER THEN PUT A METAL ROD …… FFS THIS IS BEYOND HORRIFIC AND CRUELTY THATS INHUMANE AND WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL. HOW I DETEST THIS LIFE FOR ANIMALS !!

  4. Cindy Mock · ·

    This is a a horrible thing being done by horrible monsters !!!

  5. This is just so frustrating, it’s the same mentality that is bringing endangered species to extinction due to some old school belief that it will up your sex life! It’s a step backwards for what we are trying to do here, but hopefully/sadly a lot of people will get sick and realize it’s to do with the un controlled horse meat industry. I also cringe at the way they believe a horse can be slaughtered the same way and as “humanly,” as cows, considering these techniques are not humane even with the animal they are intended for. I wish I could shake a whole country by the neck with my frustrations!

  6. I guess this is going to be another fight to the finish over the killing of horses. I can’t see how any slaughter plant could make a profit having to start shipping horses from Canada to Korea , does anyone know where the horses are coming from now that they are killing in Korea? I wonder if there are breeders who are raising them for slaughter in that country which is probably the case I’m sorry to say. At least Mexico has been stopped by the EU from slaughtering US horses for now.

  7. I hope they all die from eating horse meat!

  8. Dan Salzano · ·

    The Koreans also like dog meat too. It’s just plain awful. While I can’t donate here I donate to many American Humane organizations trying to fight the same injustices done to these animals.

  9. And what will happen to the Thoroughbred broodmares and stallions that U.S. owners sell to South Korea when their productive years are over? Not all (if any) have “buy back” clauses.

    1. Zig Pope · ·

      There are certainly no “buy back” clauses for any of the mares, and any small farm studs likely will never come back either.

  10. Marjorie Crystal · ·

    What the consumers of horsemeat are unaware of is they gather horses from anywhere and everywhere they can and they do not know the medications these horses have in their bodies or the condition of their heath before they are purchased from a kill buyer to go to slaughter. It is not as controlled as beef, chicken and cows.

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