47 Dogs Rescued From the Dog Meat Trade in South Korea

While people around the world turned their attention to the 2018 Winter Olympics that were held in South Korea this year, animal advocates have been working to raise awareness about something else happening in the country – it’s gruesome dog meat trade.

An estimated 2.5 million dogs are raised and slaughtered for their meat every year in South Korea, which is the only country that allows intensive farming of dogs for human consumption, but this year the Winter Games helped focus a major spotlight on the issue.

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Compassionate Olympic athletes have saved lives and spoken out against the trade. Now animal advocates are celebrating the rescue of 47 more dogs who were saved from a horrific fate, and they plan on saving many more this year as they continue to work to shut down the trade for good.

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This lucky group of dogs, which included a wide range of breeds and ages, were rescued through a partnership between In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the South Korea-based organization Jindo Love, which have jointly set a goal of saving 200 more dogs this year.

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Heartbreaking images show the conditions these animals were kept in before being rescued from slaughterhouses and dog meat farms — farms that were just hours away from where the Olympics were being held in Pyeongchang.

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Now, however, they’re safe and on their way to starting new lives in loving forever homes.

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“We are delighted to have saved 47 dogs from one of the worst fates imaginable,” said Marilyn Kroplick, President of IDA. “Puppies were forced to eat garbage on the hellish dog meat farms before we rescued them from a brutal, bloody end. With our brave South Korean partners, we are aiming to save 200 dogs this year and bring them all to new lives in the U.S. and Canada.”

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While there is still a lot of work to be done to end the trade entirely in South Korea, the government has imposed some restrictions on dog meat markets leading up to the games, and public opposition there continues to grow against it, particularly among younger generations.

IDA also hopes the awareness being raised about the cruelty of the dog meat trade will also inspire people to extend their compassion to other animals who are raised and killed for meat every year.

“South Korea has a chance to shine on the international stage by declaring Olympic victory over dog meat cruelty,” said Dr. Kroplick. “Dog meat clashes with South Korea’s modern image and now is the perfect time for the South Korean government to go for gold and stop the slaughter of dogs once and for all.”

For more on how to help, check out In Defense of Animals.

Photo credit: In Defense of Animals/Jindo Love.

77 comments

Mark Donner
Mark Donner3 months ago

What is up with the Asians? South Korea, China, and Vietnam, and others like Indonesia are degraded sadistic monsters. Sick vicious minds, the fact they even allow these atrocities means they're not human and they their existence on the Earth is an abomination.

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Angela K
Angela K3 months ago

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Berenice Guedes de Sá

I also wish to thak all staff involved in this rescue! I hope South Korea can put an end in this horrible stain that make them appear so barbaric and heartless!!

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Berenice Guedes de Sá

Thank you for this wonderful news!!

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Jetana A
Jetana A3 months ago

Petition signed.

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Teresa Antela3 months ago

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Michael F
Michael F3 months ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Ruth S
Ruth S3 months ago

Thanks.

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susan a
susan a3 months ago

What evil man seems capable of makes my blood run cold...i hope.these little steps to end this barbaric heartless "trade" is stopped in it's shameful tracks very very soon...i hope mankind will become more compassionate to ALL life..I could not watch any olympics whilst such suffering was going on. Heartbreaking.

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Karen N
Karen N3 months ago

Petition signed with a very lengthy comment.

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