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Migrant workers face charges for killing dog in Korea

A screenshot from Catur Malenk's Facebook
A screenshot from Catur Malenk's Facebook
James Hyams
Written by James Hyams

Two Indonesian migrant workers, residing in Daegu, have come under fire from animal welfare groups in South Korea after hanging a dog by the neck from a forklift, setting it on fire and then eating it.

Two migrant workers in South Korea are facing animal cruelty charges after hanging a dog by the neck from a forklift, setting it on fire and then eating it.

The two, believed to be from Indonesia, are accused of violating the Animal Protection Act which prohibits killing of animals in a cruel way, including hanging them.

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Photos posted on Nami Kim’s Facebook

Violators of the law are subject to a fine of up to 10 million won ($8,995) or a maximum prison term of 1 year.

Nami Kim, an animal rights activist, reported the killing of this dog and produced these photographs to the Busan Jungbu Police Station on Thursday.

“They said they can track down the two monsters,” Kim said, noting that police told her they have access to a “list of all migrant workers in Korea.”

Some Koreans reacted furiously over the brutal killing of the dog by the migrant workers, claiming that what they killed was a Jindo dog.

“Indonesian human trashes slaughtered a Jindo dog, Korea’s Natural Monument, at a Korean factory,” a netizen with the screen name, menbung_18552, wrote on todayhumor.co.kr, a popular online forum.

Jindo dogs, known to have originated from Jindo Island in South Korea, are designated as Natural Monument No. 53 by the government.

Katy Thomason was so unhappy with what these men had done that she copied their photos and started a campaign on YouSignAnimals to prosecute these men.

“They said they can track down the two monsters.”
“As an animal lover and owner of two dogs, I am appalled that such practices are still allowed to happen in the 21st century! The central authorities in South Korea need to take a stand against the dog meat trade now! A clear law to ban this practice must come into force!”

In three days this petition has raised over 8,000 signatures.

UPDATE:- One of the migrant workers have been arrested: http://www.koreaobserver.com/undocumented-indonesian-arrested-for-killing-dog-in-korea-26612

Related:

1. Former pets slaughtered for dog meat across Korea
http://www.koreaobserver.com/former-pets-slaughtered-for-dog-meat-across-korea-25566

2. Addressing readers reactions to the dog meat industry in Korea
http://www.koreaobserver.com/addressing-readers-reactions-to-dog-meat-industry-in-korea-25605

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James Hyams

James Hyams

James Hyams juggles several careers including being a journalist and a social worker. James has an avid interest in 'telling it as it is', exposing matters of public interest, and reviving investigative journalism in the new digital era. Testimony to this is his thesis titled: “U.S. Government secrecy and the withering watchdog: Is WikiLeaks the answer?”

  • Cindy Bruckner Baldwin

    Good job Nami Kim

  • lindabadham

    I PRAY THESE 2 EVIL SCUM WHO MURDERED THIS BEAUTIFUL DOG ARE BOTH LOCKED AWAY IN PRISON !! THIS IS A CRIME AND IS CRUELTY BEYOND COMPREHENSION !! THIS IS A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY AND TO GOD !! SUCH EVIL TO ANIMALS REFLECTS THE DISGRACEFUL ATTITUDE SOUT KOREA HAS TOWARDS DOGS WHO ARE A GIFT FROM GOD TO US AS COMPANIONS. THE CATS ARE TREATED EXACTLY THE SAME AND ITS WRONG SO VERY VERY WRONG !!!

    • Rita Lemkuil

      FIRST OF ALL, YOU IGNORANT WOMEN, THERE IS NO GOD!!! THERE ARE A LOT OF MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET. SECOND, THESE FREAKS ARE ONLY TWO OF THE PIECES OF SHIT THAT WERE EVER EXPOSED AND I HOPE THEY DIE MISERABLE DEATHS. THREE, AND THIS IS THE IMPORTANT ONE SO PAY ATTENTION…..IF THE CONCEPT OF YOUR GOD ALLOWS FOR THIS SICK TORTURE OF ANIMALS, THEN YOU NEED TO RETHINK THAT CONCEPT OF GOD UNLESS YOU WANT TO GLORIFY A COSMIC BULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS NEVER GOING TO CHANGE UNLESS KIM JONG UN AND HIS DEPRAVED, COWARDLY HENCHMEN ARE PUT TO DEATH!!!

      • James

        @ritalemkuil:disqus – I think you are confusing North and South Korea. Kim Jong Un is the North Korean dictator.

      • lindabadham

        IGNORANT I AM NOT !! HTF CAN ANYBODY BLAME GOD WHEN HE GAVE US A BRAIN TO THINK FOR OURSELVES AND GAVE US THE FREE WILL !! SEEMS YOU DONT YOU YOURS , YES THERE ARE LOTS OF MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE ON THIS EARTH AND DIFFERENT VARIATIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH, IF YOURE REFFERING TO THE 2 SCUM VILE POS WHO DID THIS EVIL TO A POOR DOG THEN I DISAGREE, THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING, I MYSELF AM MENTALLY SICK TO DEATH OD THE PLAGUE OF HUMANS WHO ARE SO CRUEL TO THE ANIMALS IN THIS WORLD, SO MUCH SO THAT I WISH THERE COULD BE SOME DIVINE INTERVENTION. !

      • MellowCat

        Shut up with your anti God rant. Preach your atheism elsewhere.

      • MARGARET LUCAS

        are punished to the highest hiltto ritalemkuil How do you know there isnt a GOD. are you saying that because you cant see him. Its not GOD that commits these atrocities to our beautiful animals IT IS MAN. I do hope these 2 pieces of shit are severely pu.nished

      • lindabadham

        YOU PROVE THERE IS NO GOD

    • Brian Moon

      SORRY BUT YOU’RE SUCH AN IGNORANT ‘WHITE’ AMERICAN. AS A KOREAN AMERICAN, YOU’RE FAR TOO UNEDUCATED AND NEED TO GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT. DO YOU EVEN READ OR SPEAK ENGLISH? THE ARTICLE IS TALKING ABOUT MIGRANT WORKERS IN KOREA, NOT KOREANS SLAUGHTERING DOGS FOR MEAT. WHAT A WORTHLESS PIECE OF TRASH YOU ARE AND A SHAME FOR US AMERICANS. AND AS A CHRISTIAN, I DOUBT YOU’RE THAT ‘CHRISTIAN’ AND PROBABLY SOME WESTBORO CHURCH CRAPLOAD FOLLOWER

      • T-money

        Go to 모란역 during the dog market twoce a month. You can eat dog there or you can eat your words now.

        • Elaine Kelly

          South Koreans are the Animals !

          • Elaine Kelly

            South Korea is a blemish on the World..the howl’s and screams of thousands of helpless creatures… the stench of blood and death…. the inhumane cold and cruel people of South Korea…. beating horrified dogs to a bloody pulp… cats screaming out in agony as they are lowered into vats of boiling water.. SHAME ON YOU !!!! Despicable unthinkable and how ANYONE can dare proudly boast of Being part of that is beyond me ! Keep those bloody paws away ! The world is awakening to Love … and Love will somehow penetrate those hardened and calloused hearts in South Korean too.

        • Brian Moon

          your profile pic shows how ignorant smelly white trash you are. Go fuck yourself smelly fag

      • lindabadham

        I am not an American and wtf does it matter where I come from or what colour I am !! I KNOW the 2 scumbags were migrants and I know that south Koreans kill and slaughter cats and dogs just the same as the migrant workers .AGAIN I couldn’t give a fuck about you and your type the world better off without lowlife scum who have no respect for animals !! Big mouth !!!

      • Guest

        Koreans torture dogs as well !! Sorry MOON…. AMericans do not torture household pets and murder them like Korea, and China… and the rest over there.

      • Elaine Kelly

        Sorry Moon.. Actually they were intelligent White AMerican who knows the TRUTH ., Korea is a sorry ass place that Torture and Murder innocent dogs and cats.. barbaric country. Along with China and the Likes,, eating anything that moves… sickening barbaric and antiquated thoughts. We do not have Hyphenated Americans BTW… haha

        • Elaine Kelly

          Korean American ? whats that ? ROFL …

          • Brian Moon

            you’re a fucking cunt go hang yourself you ghetto white trash moron. Smelly white dog trash smelling idiot

          • Elaine Kelly

            You’re a wanna be… bend over and kiss you’re ass

    • K.

      You are wrong Rita there is a God. God allow things to happen weather its right or wrong because he gives man a free will. If he were to take that away from man everybody would do his will and not have the freedom to make decisions. As he said you have a choice to pick from God or Satan. If you do not believe that he is real check out youtube on Beyond Dead Doors and find out for yourself. Don’t die without Jesus cause if you reject him now you death and after you die will be the worth. It will be to late than?

  • Aulia Wati Yuniar

    though i never touch a dog, i hate when people abandon animal. In this case, Indonesian people kill a dog and then eat it. What a barbaric state in this modern era. Like they never eat meat before. Hope they can get a punishment for whay they did

  • Tim

    Sad how they killed the dog but it seems a bit hypocritical…this is done all the time and worse. Just look around at the various dog markets. I wonder if the crime was that it was migrants who did it this time.

    • James

      You raise a very valid point Tim. If these were Korean men on the street, would people react any differently? Would they still be prosecuted? I know Nami would (and does) report Koreans who abuse dogs as well! I think the police are willing to act on this occasion due to there being obvious evidence and the mens names presented to them. I hope they would act in the same manner if these men were Korean and were presented with their names and evidence.

      • lu

        Does it really matter? At least something is being done about it!!!

        • Mei Siu

          ofcourse, lu. considering that koreans slaughtering dogs n cats alot more than migrant workers. if people react the same, they would save more alot of dogs n cats 🙂

  • Regina Garrow Boots

    Why didn’t the rest of the men working there stop this? They are just as much to blame for not stopping these two ass holes,

    • lu

      yes they should be fined too, although, they were probably scared !

  • lu

    These people should get the Death Penalty, this is a far worse crime than that of the two bali drug smugglers from Australia. This is disgusting. One year is just not enough, how are they going to change in a year! what a joke!

    • T-money

      Capital punishment? Come on now. Ive killed squirrels for fun and ive shot and killed deer, ducks and pheasant. What should happen to me?

      Have you ever visited a slaughtering house where you get your chicken pork and beef?

      • lindabadham

        You have killed squirrels for fun and shot ducks,deer and pheasant !! You can’t find nothing better to do for fun ?? you kill so easily and in my book your another pos

        • T-money

          Do you eat meat?

          • lindabadham

            NO I DO NOT EAT MEAT OR FISH OR ANY ANIMAL. !!

        • T-money

          Btw you still didnt answer what should happen to me.

          • lindabadham

            TBH YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW , IT’LL HAPPEN

          • lu

            Balls off or Hands off….Chopped off…YOu dont deserve your hands. They bring Death and Evil. I WOULD HATE TO KNOW WHAT YOUR DICK BRINGS

          • T-money

            Come do it yourself. Im in Hongdae. Thats a challenge to see if you can do what you mean. The least you can do is come here, hit me and spit in my face and use violence against me like you claim.

          • lu

            I wouldn’t do it, the authorities should do it as a punishment for killing animals fun

          • T-money

            You’re delegating violence against people to other people. I hate to bring up the german people and the nazis but thats exactly what happened and the psychology experiments showed that. You have no qualm delegating violence and responsibility for it to other people. You just got exposed.

            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/3323070/Killer-dolphins-baffle-marine-experts.html

        • A_Farmer

          You’re just another tree-hugging vegetarian. Have you ever wondered what goes into making your food or what kind of person busts his ass to make sure the markets are stocked with your food? Next time you eat, thank a farmer for all of his hard work. Also, not all people kill wild game for fun. Some, like me, use every bit of the animal that we can. Before you go running your dick-sucking lips about hunting, make sure the person you are critizing isn’t doing it just for sport.

      • lu

        Why do you assume I eat animals ? I don’t!!! because its all sick and vile and I do not eat them because I believe animals deserve to live. They are like my family. i am not a Speciesist!! Do you know what that word is? Well for someone who kills for fun, I think you should get your hands chopped off…or your balls. Which one would you like to keep the most? They often say People who kill for thrills are potential rapists and have the potential to kill Humans – and this is said by Professionals who are in the mental health arenas

        • T-money

          “They often say…” Who are these specialists? I need primary sources. Until then I stick to Dr. Zimbardo and his prison experiment as well as that experiment done in the 50’s or 60’s with people electrocuting others to death for not answering questions and because they were told to. The conclusions were people delegate moral responsibility to those who are higher up to do inhumane things.

          • lu

            Just google it – there is ample evidence, every one knows it pretty much. people who are in jail for multiple murders all started off (pretty much) as animal abusers. Its a common fact. Just google Sexual gratification and Hunting and you will find plenty of information about yourself there. Good day, not interested in discussing this any further, I just hope you can get some self awareness

          • T-money

            Im not going to research the facts you claim to know. You’re putting the responsibility on me to make you right, which you’re not.

  • Jeanine Bovens

    I can’t understand why the other workers of those 2 culprits did nothing to stop them. They saw it happen and should have taken action. They are also guilty. It’s really awful how people in the East (but also in other parts of the world) are treating animals. I am glad that there are Petitions like this to be signed. We are the Voices of the Voiceless and together we can make the Difference. You should join LinkedIn. On LinkedIn I see 5, 10, 15, 20 Petitions against animal cruelty, every day. I all sign them. Linda, Rita, … are talking about God, etc. We must however face the reality and solve our problems ourselves. No God can help us. In South Korea, but also in China, Vietnam, Philippines,…. meat festivals are taking place, where cats and dogs are killed to be eaten. It’s awful to see this pain and suffering of the animals. They also are skinned for their fur. You can’t imagine how cruel and insensible most people in these Asian countries are. They seem to have not at all a heart and feelings towards animals. Dogs and cats are our friends and pets, not meat! Please sign all Petitions, share them and spread the Word! Thanks to all of you!

  • florencebelle

    until south korea addresse this horrific issue of dog meat in their own country, these foreign workers are going to copy & think its ok! IFAW has been working tirelessly for years to get korea to campaign against this barbaric practice . Its against the law but not enforced enough. SEE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE rescues of these dogs.

  • JMS

    Makes me hungry!

  • T-money

    All im gonna say is 모란역. Theres a dog meat market there. You can eat the dog within 30 minutes of it heart stopping.

  • T-money

    Maybe if they were paid a higher wage theyd go out and properly buy meat.

  • K.

    Hey watch youtube people who died and went to hell near death experience and then you will find out if there is a God. GLOY BE TO YOU LORD JESUS. SON OF GOD!

  • K.

    Also for those that don’t believe in Jesus suffers the worse punishment. You best think about what you just said Rita. He is real and I know from vision I have seen.

  • K.

    Another thing is God dose not step in to the will of man weather it be right or wrong. If he did you would never live the way you do but only by his will. God give us our own free will so you can choose to do the right thingsin life or the wrong. Its your choice, you can’t serve two Gods ( meaning SATAN)

  • Nate Hoffman

    My back neighbor in Yongin beat their food dog to death with a metal pipe, I thought this was just normal, fucked up but normal.

    • James

      Unfortunately, you are correct. This practice is normal but one that many animal welfare groups are trying to make illegal.

  • Jordan

    Such a double standard, oh yes they will prosecute this foreigner to the full extent of the law, but what about every other animal abuse case in Korea that involves a Korean person? I have seen so many documented incidences in which a dog is tied up in this very same fashion and killed and nothing has ever been done about it. There’s a reason the people at Moran Meat Market don’t allow people to take pictures or videos, dogs are routinely beaten or strangled to death and all the police would need to do is go there themselves in plain clothes and they would be able to see it for themselves. The chances of something like that happening are slim to none as the police are far too busy being babysitters for drunk people.

  • Elaine Kelly

    Low lives savages

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