Dozens of Dogs Saved From a Gruesome Fate as Another Meat Farm Closes

Dozens of dogs will now get a chance to experience entirely new lives as members of a family — rather than being killed and eaten.

Thanks to the latest rescue, which was just carried out by the Humane Society International (HSI), 55 dogs have been saved. Additionally, the dog meat farm they were living on, which is located in Goyang, a city north of Seoul, will be closed forever.

According to HSI, the farm had been in operation for about 20 years and was home to dozens of dogs who came in a variety of sizes, breeds and ages. The facility itself was described as a “dark labyrinth layout of narrow corridors reaching pens and cages of dogs living without daylight or fresh air.”

“In the more than two years that I’ve been part of our campaign to shut down the dog meat trade in Asia, I thought I’d seen it all until I first saw this facility. It literally took my breath away, not least because when we first entered the darkness, the stench was overpowering. The ammonia burned the back of our throats. We could hear the dogs’ desperate barks but we couldn’t see their faces properly, just their eyes peering out. As we became accustomed to the darkness, we saw the pitiful state these poor animals had been living in. The farm is right on the public path next to the train tracks, but the people walking by would never have known what suffering it concealed,” said Adam Parascandola, HSI’s director of animal protection and crisis response.

Now, however, the last remaining residents of this farm are moving on. They arrived in the U.S. over the weekend and are now headed to organizations in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland that are participating in The Humane Society of the United States’ Emergency Placement Partner program, where they will be helped to adjust to an entirely new way of life, before they’re available for adoption.

While thousands of other dogs are still at risk, there are many reasons to hope this industry will soon come to an end. According to HSI, many people who are still involved are now looking to get out of it, and the organization has helped owners of the farms that have been closed transition into other livelihoods. This closure marks the seventh dog meat farm HSI has helped permanently shut down in South Korea, while the organization’s efforts have saved more than 800 dogs from an otherwise gruesome fate.

In this case, the couple running the farm was getting ready to retire and approached HSI for help. Now their property will be free of suffering. It’s also hoped that the model being used to help close these farms and turn them into humane businesses will be used by the government to end the dog meat trade. HSI is now encouraging officials to pledge to end it – particularly before the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang.

For more on how to help and info on the dogs who will soon be adoptable, visit the Humane Society International.

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221 comments

Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Melania P
Melania P2 years ago

I think we will see the end of this in our lifetimes; pressure is enormous from activists around the globe. And social media has had a positive, huge impact

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Larry Cowden
Larry Cowden2 years ago

I would like to help close them down! Those running those places would be immediately shot and buried in shallow graves! Trial not required!

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Leanne K
Leanne K2 years ago

Im sure I speak fr everyone when I say we can't close them down quick enough!

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Leanne K
Leanne K2 years ago

Why fly dogs to the U.S? More than a million dogs are euthanised by shelters... it makes no sense!
Im not saying dont save them but what a crazy, crazy set up. No wonder charities hound us for money...

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heather g
heather g2 years ago

I wish they would return some of these dogs to Canada..... there's a high demand for rescues because Canada overcharges pet buyers

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Deborah W
Deborah W2 years ago

One farm that's been in operation for about 20 years -- whose owners are now looking to retire anyhow, have approached HSI for help in securing their future under the guise of a role model for the greater good. Personal believe is this is self-fulfilling, yet with the offer of training in alternate industries, there is a slim and worthy chance to shut down this horrible nightmare, IF enough folks still working in this industry grab hold. Only the 7th permanent shutdown, and only in South Korea which involved a rescue of some 800 dogs -- and what's their future from this point forward, simply moving to another still open location? Not sure this will take will pan out as hoped. Will need to do something to supplement income during training and transition.

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Telica R
Telica R2 years ago

Thanks for sharing so glad. Thanks to all involved :)

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Isabel G
Isabel G2 years ago

Amazing news! thanks!

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bob Petermann
bob petertmann2 years ago

The United States should not allow this to happen. We must practice what we preach. Thanks for updating us with this outcome

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