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S. Korean livestock culling takes emotional toll on farmers

In a bid to quickly curb the spread of hoof-and-mouth disease, the government has had pigs and other livestock, sometimes still alive, buried in mass graves. For some farmers, it's like losing their children.
Reporting from Changmanri, South Korea —

In this farming town an hour outside Seoul, the stalls sit eerily empty of animals, helter-skelter hoof marks in the mud the only reminder of once-thriving operations.

The animals are all dead, swept away by a fast-moving outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease that has seen the government come up with a grisly solution to save money and time: burying many pigs and other livestock alive.

"Having to bury little baby pigs alive is … there's no way to describe how I suffered inside," sobbed the wife of one farmer who said she was so ashamed she declined to give her name. "It still breaks my heart to think or talk about what happened here."

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