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  • the most harrowing interruption to pastoral beauty. as it turns out, they've got to shove them quite deep in the idyllic countryside because the howling that comes from the cages can be heard for miles :(

    September 20, 2009

  • Ah.

    September 20, 2009

  • Alex supposes dog farmers die by 60, from drink, due to the psychological strain

    September 21, 2009

  • "According to the ministry, there are about 720,000 dog farms nationwide, raising some 2.3 million dogs as of December of 2005. The ministry estimated one third of them must follow the new regulations."

    - Kim Tae-jong, Dog Farms Under Sanitation Rules,, 14 Aug 2008.

    September 21, 2009

  • apparently most of those are in Jeju D:

    we're going to write some letters to the mayor about this, as they're technically illegal

    dog consumption has the worst effect on animal-human relations that I've seen here. horses and cows, for example, are treated well and people are fond of them. however, The Edible Dog (known as 'shit dog'), as if to force the natural affection people have towards dogs out of their system, is maltreated and reviled, and specifically put into a different conceptual category from The Pet Dog (and different spatial category, ie. it's continually chained).

    this, combined the fact that dogs are incredibly difficult to keep caged up (I doubt whether a farmowner is even able to sleep on premises), howling and barking ceaselessly, I mean ceaselessly, makes it a totally inadvisable meat.

    to make this relevant to language--I've noticed that in the vocabularies of my students, "dog" and "puppy" are different animals, the latter being the official designation of the Pet Dog (largely lapdogs and fluffballs from foreign).

    September 21, 2009