FMD – live burial – groundwater contamination – South Korea

ProMED-mail Archive Number 20110117.0202
Published Date 17-JAN-2011
Subject PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease – S. Korea (05): update
Date: 17 Jan 2011
Source: Voice of America (VOA) [edited]

Nearly 1.7 million animals have been destroyed so far. South Korea, before the culling began, had a total 10 million swine and 3 million cattle.

Live burial 生き埋め
Animal rights activists [動物愛護運動家たち] say most of the pigs and cows ordered destroyed have been buried alive.
Lee Won-bok, the president of South Korea’s Association for Animal Protection, says culling in this manner is illegal and inhumane, but those in the industry do not seem to have any compassion.

Lee Byoung-guan is the deputy director of the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service. He says central government authorities never ordered live burials.
Lee [Byoung-guan] says it appears local authorities made their own decisions to kill the animals in this manner.

ProMED-mail Archive Number 20110115.0181
Published Date 15-JAN-2011
Subject PRO/AH> Foot & mouth disease – S Korea (04): update, RFI
[1] Update Date: Sat 15 Jan 2011
Source: Yonhapnews [edited]

[2] Water contamination?
Date: Fri 14 Jan 2011
Source: Circle of Blue [summ., edited]

Foot and mouth disease [FMD] — will mass animal burials contaminate water in South Korea?
groundwater contamination 地下水汚染

For instance, The Korea Times reported last week that tap water [水道水] in a village in Gyeonggi province was contaminated with blood. The news agency reported that residents believe the contamination was related to a livestock slaughter on 31 Dec 2010, when nearly 1000 pigs were buried alive in response to an outbreak of FMD at a nearby farm.

Typically, animals are killed before disposal [処分の前に殺す], but with the outbreak spreading so fast, local authorities did not have the slaughterhouse capacity to follow the rules. Instead, animals within a 500 meter radius of the infected farm were dumped into a pit 5 meters deep that was lined with double-folded vinyl. “It’s possible that the vinyl could be torn by animals struggling [もがいて] to survive,” a quarantine officer told The Korea Times.

[3] Vaccination plans, regaining FMD-free status
Date: Fri 14 Jan 2011
Source: Yonhapnews [edited]

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