In attempt to control an outbreak of foot and mouth disease South Korea has buried over a million pigs alive. The terrifying pictures released this week show thousands of live pigs being dumped off trucks into massive holes and buried with a backhoe. Many of the pigs did not test positive for the disease but were killed as a “preventative measure.”
Animals can be vaccinated as a preventative measure rather than being killed but South Korean officials have refused. Compassion in World Farming released a statement claiming that South Korea violated international guidelines with the mass burying but the chances that they will be punished are slim.
Ready to have your veins pop out of your neck? Its estimated that the mass killings will cost around $460 million while a vaccination program would have cost about $126 million.
The Koreans signed international animal welfare guidelines 5 years ago which are being expressly violated with the mass killings. It is very unlikely that the Koreans will be punished or stopped.
The lesson here is, don’t rely on organizations and countries to sign humane treatment policies - they won’t follow them - just go vegan.
UPDATE: Now over four million animals have been buried. Sign the petition to stop the killing here.