For Immediate Release:

13 September 2019

South Korea’s Largest Abattoir and Three of Its Workers Are Charged With Violations of the Animal Protection Act Following PETA US Investigation

Sydney – After a police investigation into footage released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) showing the widespread abuse and slaughter of horses in South Korea – including Australian horses sold to the racing industry there – three people at the Nonghyup abattoir have been charged, as has the company itself.

PETA’s exposé shows that cast-offs from the racing industry and other horses are beaten repeatedly in the face as they’re forced into the abattoir and killed for their flesh.

Jeju police have charged the Jeju Livestock Cooperative Association and three of its workers for slaughtering horses in front of other horses – a direct violation of the South Korean Animal Protection Act.

“Beating and slaughtering horses in plain view of each other is unquestionably a form of violent abuse which must be met with maximum penalties under the Animal Protection Act,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “These charges should also be a wake-up call to all those involved in horse racing in South Korea and Australia: while we continue to breed horses for human entertainment and profit, many will end up hanging by one leg in abattoirs like Nonghyup.”

Newly obtained records show that two more Australian-bred horses were slaughtered for meat in South Korea in the second quarter of 2019, including After Eight, a 17-year-old broodmare who had six foals – five of whom are also now dead. Eleven other horses slaughtered during that period had at least one Australian parent.

Jeju Livestock Cooperative Association runs the biggest horse abattoir in South Korea, owned by huge national corporation Nonghyup Bank.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that no charges were filed for the beatings that occurred at the abattoir and urges Australian auction houses selling horses to South Korea to push for the Korea Racing Authority to implement a retirement programme for unwanted animals.

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