festival in korea

“Unsuspecting Western tourists in Bali are being fed dog meat!”

Okay, but they knew they were eating an animal right lol so what’s the big deal. I mean, animals are food, right? Isn’t that like ordering french fries and getting sweet potato fries instead? Yes, you shouldn’t be lied to about what you’re eating, but if you were morally accepting of one, why the outrage of the other?

Oh, is it because your culture taught you certain animals have value over other animals, and when you see another culture eating those animals you get really mad? Well that doesn’t sound hypocritical at all.

"Those dogs were caught on the street and brutally beaten or poisoned!”

Yeah hate to tell you this sweetie but baby piglets on farms are routinely slammed against the floor until they die if they’re not growing fast enough. (They even have a term for it as it’s a standard practice, called “thumping.”)

Baby make chicks are ground up in macerators because they’re useless to the egg industry.

Cows are branded and have their horns cut off without anesthesia.

Male pigs are castrated without anesthesia to make the meat taste better.

Also, the Humane Slaughter Act in the US does not apply to chickens, turkeys, fish, and rabbits, which make up the large majority of animals who are killed for meat. (168 million chickens and around 9 billion broiler chickens are slaughtered in the US alone, each year, and none of them are required by law to be unconscious before their throats are slit by a mechanical blade as they hang upside down by their ankles.)

“But cows and chickens are bred for food and dogs are our pets!”

As an example, dog meat farms in South Korea has been around for centuries and the most common dog breed they raise for food is called the Nureongi. In the 1970′s, dogs reached full legal livestock status, and dog meat is subject to the Food Sanitation Act/Food Hygiene Act of 1962.

“Are you saying people should kill and eat dogs then?!”

Of course not, but that compassion should be extended to all animals, not just the ones you happen to relate to. We don’t need to eat them to survive, and they have every right to exist on this planet just as much as we do. And this outrage over Bali (and by extension, the Yulin Dog Meat festival) stinks of speciesism (putting value of some species of animals over others) and racism (if you don’t believe me, take a look at comments on these articles to see how many white folks use the terms “filthy barbarians”).

tl;dr If you have problem with Asian cultures killing animals and are completely fine with your own country doing the exact same thing, you need to take a real long, hard look at yourself.

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진해 벚꽃 축제 

벚꽃이 없는 곳에 사는 사람들은 모두가 벚꽃을 보고 싶은 꿈이 있을 것 같아요. 저도 그랬고 꽃을 많이 좋아하니까 한국에 와서 꼭 벚꽃축제를 놓치고 싶지 않았어요. 사실 요새 한국에 여행 많이 가고 싶지만 돈도 시간도 부족해서 아직 못 갈 줄 알았어요. 어느 날, 제 친구와 함께 커피 한 잔 하면서 이야기하다가 친구가 투어버스타고 나들이 가자고 제안을 했어요.

I think pretty much anyone who lives somewhere that doesn’t have cherry blossoms dreams of seeing them someday. I sure did, and I like all flowers, so I definitely couldn’t miss out on the cherry blossom festivals now that I’m in Korea. Recently I’ve been wanting to travel a lot but haven’t had either the time or the money, so I didn’t think I’d be able to go anywhere. But then, whilst I told her this over coffee, my friend suggested we go on a day trip by tourbus.

Read the rest of the post and see way, way more pictures on the blog!