Banji, the little white dog pictured above is no different from any other dog with the exception that a couple of months ago she was rescued by an animal welfare organization from the South Korean meat trade.
In Defense of Animals was conducting an investigation two hours south of Seoul, South Korea when they ran into Banji on the driveway of a dog farm. The farmer said she had showed up as a stray, but he did not consider her “prime” meat because of a skin ailment so he left the tiny dog to fend for herself. The farmer assumed Banji had escaped from another farm.
“Her coat was matted and ragged, and she was favoring her right hind leg,” said the IDA investigator. “Banji’s skin was a frightful mess, horribly inflamed.”
Eventually Banji inched her way closer to the IDA team and allowed them to pet her.
We later learned that there was a dog farm that buys dogs with skin problems, removing all the fur, masking any illnesses, and selling them to restaurants that serve dog meat and, in a ridiculous irony, health food stores for gaesoju, a dog wine or broth.
The investigator knew she couldn’t leave without Banji. The team put her into a crate and immediately took her to a veterinarian to have her skin condition treated. After several weeks of healing, IDA funded a transport to Los Angeles where Banji was diagnosed and treated for heartworm.
Fully recovered, she moved to Austin, Texas with Junghee, her new adoring mom. Our little angel has been reveling in a happy new world of love and affection. Banji soon became Junghee’s shadow, never letting her out of her sight. Junghee constantly marvels at how smart and agile Banji is.
Banji’s life is now a distant memory from South Korea, but every year millions of dogs and thousands of cats are killed for food and so-called “health tonics.” The dogs are confined in cramped, filthy cages where they sit until they are taken to market. Many like Banji are malnourished and sick.
IDA explained that most Koreans are appalled by the cruelty that goes on in the dog farms and want the meat trade stopped. Please take action to Stop the South Korean Meat Trade.
Photo Credit: IDA