In response to an outbreak of highly contagious foot and mouth disease spreading through South Korea's cloven hoofed animals, the government has buried 1.4 million pigs alive!
Officials began embarking on a mass cull of roughly 12 percent of its swine population to combat the disease, primarily because it affects the nation's ability to export meat, and in the effort are piling the pigs on top of each other in large trucks, dumping thousands of them into mass graves, and burying them alive.
There has to be a more humane way to contain this outbreak, even if it is the worst case in the countries history.
Kim Jae-hong, a veterinary science professor at Seoul National University, has said:
"The outbreak is the most serious in Korea's history. It is hard to predict when we can contain the spread of the disease, but the most important thing right now is to control movement in and out of the farmhouses that are affected, and thoroughly disinfect the cars around the area."
Animal activists around the world, including our pals at PETA, are up-in-arms over this atrocity.
PETA has launched an online campaign to encourage the South Korean government to use an inexpensive vaccination instead of cruelly burying these creatures alive.
We'd like to think we'd be CURED, not BURIED if we got sick!
Imagine getting buried alive if U got sick instead of being vaccinated. It's seriously disturbing.
[Image via AP Images.]
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