Korea was again in the news, this article highlights one of the problems that as foreigners we see here in South Korea constantly. The attitude towards animals is really low, I think a lot of it comes from the fact that they are just not educated on how to interact with animals. There are not many wild ones left and pets are expensive so many people don't have them. It means that they just don't know how to deal with animals and the emotional connection is lacking.
Burning dog sparks public outcry in S. Korea
One of my good friends (a lovely, educated woman who is a mother and principle of a private school) was telling me how she was once (a long time ago) given some baby rabbits from a boyfriend and she put them in her handbag to carry around. They of course died and she was very sad - I could not believe that someone could be so silly. Of course they died, they are fragile creatures - who in their right mind would put them in their handbag? But the thing is, as I came to realise, she did not know that - she had never had an animal before, had no experience with animals and had no idea what to do or how to look after them. What I and many of us would see as basic common sense just did not apply sadly.