Horror at Korean Pig Cull


Scenes of hundreds of live pigs being shovelled into a pit with the aid of a backhoe and then buried alive as part of a recent South Korean foot-and-mouth cull have shocked animal-welfare advocates.

The video, which as the description suggests may be disturbing, at least to people ignorant of where their meat comes from:

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Why it was considered too much trouble to kill the pigs before throwing them in the pit is not clear.

Just whether the pigs would have been any better off being shot in the head and gutted at a slaughterhouse in the usual manner (assuming Korea practices at least minimally “humane” slaughter, somewhat doubtful in light of the video and various other incidents) is of course a matter of some debate.

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