Oscar-Nominated Director, Andy Abrahams, along with award-winning production company, Open-Eye Pictures, has joined the fight against the barbaric Dog Torture Trade across South East Asia. Dog War is the first of its kind, a film currently in production that looks set to take the world by storm.
It follows a team of American Special Op Veterans who travel to South Korea, joining forces with Korean dog lovers and employing commando tactics to put an end to the brutal, yet booming, practice. Often working undercover, they enter the shadow planes of this dark industry in a desperate quest to make change.
“They believe that the more torture the dog goes through, the stronger their viagra,” says one of the vets in the film, commenting on why dog meat is such a popular dish among the more middle-aged man of South Korea.
Courageous and controversial in equal measure, Dog War will undoubtedly create a stir among both the international community and across South East Asia, where every year over thirty million dogs are stolen from their homes and subjected to unimaginable torture, including being burned, boiled and skinned alive.
The fight against the Dog Torture Trade appears to be growing among the international community as more and more stories emerge from the Far-east which provoke outrage. In China, ripping dogs from their owners’ arms and beating them to death in front of them is the norm; in Vietnam, Christmas and New Years are the worst time for dogs as the Catholic Church pays a lot of money to eat pets and strays that have been stolen and killed; in Cambodia, mass Chinese settlers have crossed over the border, bringing inhumane slaughtering methods with them, butchering local dogs, pets and strays alike.
But the outrage and indignation are growing. The US government’s focus on the matter grew substantially in 2018. House Resolution 401 in the United States sees the US government openly objecting to this cruelty. Only a few weeks ago, President Trump banned the consumption of dogs and cats, making the USA’s position very clear and sending a loud message to the Far-east: eating companion animals is wrong. In the UK, pressure is on Theresa May to enact a similar ban, notably from the likes of Sir Alan Duncan of the Foreign Office and Dr Lisa Cameron MP. Now, with the Dog War film set to explode on our screens, outrage among our media sector appears imminent.
Is it cultural? This is the excuse given by many when challenged on the Dog Torture Trade. Could culture be justification for something that provokes such astronomical outrage among society and governments alike? Is culture ever an excuse for cruelty? Millions of people across South East Asia want this cruelty to come to an end, just as much as internationals do. Millions of them would be deeply offended if we suggested it was in their culture to torture dogs; millions more would be shocked if they knew just how much of an uproar this practice is generating across the world, for many of them do not know.
The Far-eastern continent is in a civil war over dogs – it’s up to us to decide whose side we want to be on. Watch Dog War to decide for yourself.
Some viewers may find the following scenes upsetting. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNNhDEl3Lk4
Andy Abrahams: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0933005/