It seems that acts of cruelty to animals have now reached a new and higher level of depravity. Apparently South Korea has an extensive market for a very special kind of soup. The soup is being used for the treatment of arthritic symptoms.
According to an article published in the Yanhap News translated by Korean Dogs, “Mr A”, 54 was arrested by the Pusan Bukbu Police on charges of violating South Korea’s Animal Protection Act. Allegedly for more than a year “Mr A” captured and slaughtered approximately 600 stray cats; trapping them with food and then killing them by boiling them alive.
After preparing the carcasses, he then sold the cat meat to local health food stores such as the “Health Food Center”, where they became an expensive but popular sale item for about $14 USD per cat.
However I will spare our readers all the gory details since just thinking about these horrific acts are enough to make me violently ill. It is this writer’s opinion that Mr A’s heinous acts have actually reached a new level of cruelty to animals that are so incredibly depraved that I am loathe to describe them.
The JoongAng Daily reported that the police said that a rumor has been going around that was possibly spread by folks in the elderly community claiming that when cat meat is boiled in a soup it can relieve arthritic pain.
However, the police did advise the community to avoid using illegally obtained cat meat since the country doesn’t regulate cat meat as they do with other meats that are commonly consumed, such as pork and beef.
The police said there were 16 live cats ready for slaughter when they raided Mr A’s secret torture chamber. According to the police he did confess that he had captured and sold around 600 cats. Police expounded on his actions saying that during the over one year period he was able to capitalize royally on his “product” due to the high demand for “cat soup” to ameliorate arthritic symptoms; even though its efficacy is purely a myth. There was no further news about what would become of the 16 remaining cats.
The Health Food stores will not be punished for selling the cat meat because there is no law on the books that were violated. Unfortunately however, according to the police officer in charge, Mr A is only being charged for violating the provisions in the Animal Protection Act which “prohibits the killing by cruel methods and the act of killing an animal with other animals of the same species present at the scene.”
Sadly, since selling stray cats is not a crime, he cannot receive punishment for their sale. Making matters worse, it seems that cats are excluded from the Animal Protection Act. As a result, police are requesting a review by the appropriate governmental authority to find out whether, based on Mr A’s actions, this exclusion is fair.
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