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January 10, 2011

Animals Being Buried Alive in South Korea

Due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in South Korea, with the first instance of the disease in Andong on Nov. 29, more than 1 million cattle and pigs had to be buried in the ground, some of them alive, at a cost of $1 billion.  Disease control authorities are arbitrarily choosing the method of slaughter at the scene of any instance of the epidemic. While reportedly, lethal injection is the most common,  electrocution and flooding a closed space with carbon dioxide are also being used. Animal protection groups point out, however, that many animals are being buried alive after being given anesthetics or muscle relaxants.

To make matters worse, residents of a village hit by food-and-mouth disease in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, of South Korea,  have reported that their faucets have spouted water mixed with blood since the beginning of the New Year. This gruesome situation came just a day after nearly 1,000 pigs of an infected livestock farm were buried alive near the village to prevent further spread of the deadly animal disease.  Other concerns about the environmental contamination of such measures persist, as supplies to control the spread of the disease are running out. 

Animal cruelty activists and groups are organizing to try and stop the instances of any animals being buried alive.  Despite their efforts, the number of infected livestock continues to grow exponentially, as time and euthanasia equipment is becoming even more scarce.