Footage Includes Extended Beatings, Unseen Slaughters, and Menifee’s Son’s Final Minutes
June 21, 2019
Jeju — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) U.S. has released more damning footage from its 10-month “K-Cruelty” eyewitness investigation that shows horses cast off by the racing industry trembling in fear and being beaten in the face as they’re forced into the slaughterhouse and killed for meat. The horrifying scenes of abuse at Jeju Livestock Cooperative have sparked international outrage.
This previously unreleased footage shows the full scenes of the vicious and illegal beatings—including one sequence in which horses are repeatedly hit on the head for three minutes. It also shows the slaughter of three more horses, one of whom is killed and hoisted in full view of another horse—the investigation’s second finding of this practice, which is a violation of South Korea’s Animal Protection Act. Jeju Seobu police have opened an investigation into these incidents.
PETA U.S. is also releasing a video of Menifee’s 6-year-old son, Four Star, arriving at the slaughterhouse in February 2019 and being roughly forced into the killing chute. Four Star is one of 22 of Menifee’s offspring who have been killed for meat in Korea, according to government slaughter records. Menifee, who died of a heart attack last week, was Korea’s most famous and successful sire for the past decade. Menifee reportedly had been diagnosed with a heart condition but was still being forced to breed. PETA U.S. is also including footage of him mating with one of the 136 mares he was bred with last year.
Media coverage of the case dominated the news in South Korea after PETA U.S. released the video exposé last month, prompting dozens of articles and many television news features, and the video has gone viral. In response to the demand for more footage by Korean media, the group has released these additional and extended scenes of beating and slaughter as well as footage of Four Star at the slaughterhouse and of Menifee mating at the Korea Racing Authority’s (KRA) Jeju Stud Farm.
Major media outlets have also published feature articles about the hideous slaughter of horses in Korea—including those imported for racing from Australia and the U.S.—prompting outraged individuals to send hundreds of thousands of angry e-mails to the KRA. In the wake of this scandal, both the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the KRA have promised to do as PETA U.S. has asked and work to establish an industry retirement program for horses, but they haven’t released any details about their plan to implement this.
“This is a good first step, but the KRA needs to design a comprehensive retirement system modeled on the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in the U.S.,” says PETA U.S. Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Until the KRA renounces the horsemeat industry, the rest of the world will continue to think of Korean horse racing as a butcher shop.”
“This has stained the international reputation of Jeju as a tourist destination,” says Dr. Changkil Park of Voice4Animals. “I am embarrassed by the phrase ‘K-cruelty,’ but the label is appropriate if the cruel treatment of horses persists and if these violations aren’t responsibly prosecuted by law enforcement.”
High-resolution, broadcast-quality footage of the new and extended scenes, and the footage of Menifee and Four Star are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com.