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Dog Meat in Korean Restaurants in Los Angeles


by Undercover Reporter
November 2007

There is a small group of Korean owned food businesses (like a sleazy mini mall complex) on 8th and Berendo. A restaurant called Korean BBQ Pl is located there, as well as a business called "Custom Health Soup To Go". The BBQ place serves boshintang - it's advertised outside, as well as on their menu. I took a member of KAPS there and not only did he confirm that that is what they were advertising, both outside and on menu, but that he SMELLED the dish when he went in. They did however deny to him that they served it, even though he was not with me and is Korean (but young). I have seen local mexicans drop dogs off there (tied to posts in the parking lot) and even saw a couple take a pug in the front door of the restaurant, returning minutes later without it.

As for the Custom Health Soup place, it is not a restaurant, only a storefront, with a room full of pressure cookers in the back. I'm sure you know what this means. Either people come with their food of choice to be made into broth (goyangitan - cat broth, is made this way) or, more likely they make the dog soup that the restaurant serves.

I really wish I had all my notes, as I recall discovering that some of the restaurants are owned by the same folks that run the dog farms in Phelan and Little Rock. By the way, even though this complex is very seedy, they have a security guard on duty at all times. So does Olympic Auto Sales.

I DO remember that Kim's Pet's & Fish (on Vermont in Koreatown) is (or was) owned by the same owners as the farm(s), as was HWA meats and packing. Same for Western Pet Center on Western near (I believe) 8th. The owners do little tricks like register their names spelled slighly differently each time, or register their business in their wife's name, then later in theirs, etc. Most of the dogmeat restaurants in Koreatown are on or near 8th Ave., as is a holding pen that is part of Olympic Auto sales (on 8th and Olympic I believe). They have two German Sheperd breeding dogs and whenever they have pups, the pups are there for a month (give or take) and then they disappear.
http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Practical/Shop--ToDo/Shopping/DogMeatInLA.htm

Animal rights advocate says

"Korea Should Stop Eating Man's Best Friends"
If I told you In South Korea, it is common to eat dogs.
This is not done in a humane manner, but by torturing them to death by hanging,
strangulation, and beatings with such objects as bricks, large rocks, heavy rod-like objects and electrocution.
They do this for long periods of time in order to terrorize and cause great suffering to the animal.

Cats do not hold any position of affection in Korean society. They are not eaten as dogs are but many attempts have been made to eradicate them, not by humane methods,
but rather by beating the animals to death in sacks or, in some cases, boiling them alive in large pressure cookers to supply the insatiable demand for another "herbal" remedy ? although clearly animals do not fall into this category.

The Korean government does not enforce its animal welfare laws so people make an assumption that farming dogs,
slaughtering them and selling their meat is legal.
It is not. The sale and cooking of dogs is illegal under Korea's food and sanitation laws.
http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=3165

http://www.idausa.org/news/currentnews/
activists_stage_bark_in.html

South Korea's laws prohibiting the consumption of dogs and cats have been routinely ignored and disregarded by law enforcement.


STOP THE TORTURE TO DOGS AND CATS IN SOUTH KOREA


Cats have a special disadvantage in Korea. They do not hold any position of affection in Korean society.
If one were to believe all of what is said about cats in Korean media and popular wisdom,
one might also assume that cats live to deceive and frighten people, as well as spread disease.
While some dogs, especially small dogs, are kept as pets, it is very uncommon for Koreans to raise cats with similar affection.
High quality cat products are not available in Korea, except through U.S. Military bases, which are not accessible by Korean nationals.
This means that the cat food and litter one might commonly see at supermarkets and pet stores does not exist in Korea.
Only recently has Korea begin selling cat food, but the prices are high and the quality is questionable.
Cats are considered to be nuisance animals and many attempts have been made to eradicate the stray cat population, not by humane methods, but rather by beating the animals to death in sacks or,
in some cases, boiling them alive in large pressure cookers to supply the insatiable demand for "herbal" remedies in Korea (though clearly animal parts do not fall in the "herbal" category).
http://www.koreananimals.org/cats.htm


犬肉は韓国でも違法、ソウルオリンピックを開催する為に作った法

Despite its allure, dog meat stew is technically *illegal. The Korean government banned its sale and consumption just before the 1988 Seoul Olympics,
in hopes of avoiding negative international publicity.
Fourteen years after the official prohibition of dog meat in Korea, approximately 4,000 restaurants nationwide still served dog meat in 2002, according to Reuters.
http://www.anchoragepress.com/archives-2005/featurevol14ed25.shtml


The practice of eating dog meat became a controversial topic circa 1988,
when Korea began to come under fire from foreign-based animal rights activists in the period leading up to the Summer Olympic Games
held in Seoul that year. Sensitive to the criticism from abroad, the Korean government banned the consumption of dog meat right before the start of the Games.
Not that this stopped the diehard from enjoying the fruits of the pooch - dog meat restaurants simply invented new names for the dishes (many of those names are still in use,
causing some confusion for the uninitiated), and continued doing a brisk trade.



Man bites pooch

Vol. 14, Ed. 25 June 23 - June 29 2005
Regarded as inhumane by Western tastes, eating dog is still popular in Korea.

In Korea, however, dog meat stew - known commonly as boshin-tang, or “health-enhancement stew” - is believed to be an energy-restoring health food, and many men swear by its power to increase sexual potency. It's a Korean folk version of Viagra.

Despite its allure, dog meat stew is technically illegal. The Korean government banned its sale and consumption just before the 1988 Seoul Olympics,
in hopes of avoiding negative international publicity. While reference to the dish was erased from restaurant menus across Korea, the dish itself never disappeared from restaurant kitchens.

Fourteen years after the official prohibition of dog meat in Korea, approximately 4,000 restaurants nationwide still served dog meat in 2002, according to Reuters.
Although the ban had been enforced in a handful of highly publicized instances over the years - perhaps most famously in 1992,
when a ship carrying 13.9 tons of dog meat from El Salvador was turned away by customs officials in Busan - no serious legal action had been incurred since 1996,
when a man charged with selling $500,000 worth of dog meat to restaurants was acquitted on the grounds that his product was sanitary, edible and popular.
http://www.anchoragepress.com/archives-2005/featurevol14ed25.shtml