According to foodsafetynews.com, South Korea has buried 1.4 million pigs alive. The culling of the pigs is a reaction to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that started in November 2010. The goal is to stop the disease from spreading from farm to farm.
The pigs are reportedly stacked into trucks and then sent into mass graves to be buried alive.
"It is hard to predict when we can contain the spread of the disease, but the most important thing right now is to control movement in and out of the farmhouses that are affected and thoroughly disinfect the cars around the area," Kim Jae-hong, a professor at Seoul National University told The Wall Street Journal. "The outbreak is the most serious in Korea's history,"
PETA and other animal rights organizations are outraged at the treatment of the pigs. PETA argues for a vaccination of the swine to avoid the burying process. They are even asking for e-mail support to stop the Korean government from killing more pigs.