More than 50 Dogs Rescued as Another Dog Meat Farm is Closed in South Korea

Animal advocates are celebrating the rescue of more than 50 dogs who would have otherwise suffered a horrific fate in South Korea’s 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. While animal advocates have been working tirelessly to bring this industry to a permanent end, they’re also working to save those they can.

Now, thanks to rescuers, another dog meat farm is closing, and more than 50 dogs who were kept there have begun their journey to new lives.

Posted by Humane Society International on Saturday, June 9, 2018

The rescue is currently being carried out in Gyeonggi-do by a team from Humane Society International (HSI), which has been working with people who raise dogs for meat to help them shut down and transition into other lines of work.

Posted by Humane Society International on Saturday, June 9, 2018

In this case, the farmer will instead switch to growing water parsley, and the dogs who were kept caged on the property will be getting a second chance at life.

Posted by Humane Society International on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The dogs, who range in breed, age, size, and health, will now be flown to an emergency shelter in Canada, where they’ll get the love and care they need before finding forever homes.

Posted by Humane Society International on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

In all, this rescue effort marks the 12th farm that HSI has helped close down in South Korea, and they arrived not a moment too soon as hundreds of thousands of dogs are destined for slaughter soon during Bok Nal days.

Posted by Humane Society International on Saturday, June 9, 2018

These days, which are the three hottest days of the summer that start in mid-July. According to HSI, during these days, which account for 70-80 percent of the dog meat consumed in the country, more than an estimated one million dogs will be eaten in a soup that’s believed to improve stamina and virility.

While the dogs from this farm are now safe, HSI will continue working to raise awareness about this brutal trade, using evidence from this rescue, in an effort to change more hearts and minds about eating dog meat.

“This farm is typical of many smaller dog meat farms we see across South Korea—dilapidated cages, squalid conditions, dogs in appalling conditions, some barely clinging to life when our rescue team arrives. It’s vital that we show Koreans the grim reality of these places because most people have no idea and are really horrified. Although the practice of eating dog is on the decline, and we anticipate it will ultimately die out, during the Bok days of summer we still see an increase in people eating dog meat soup. We hope to change that by exposing the disgusting and cruel conditions, and we hope also to influence the government as a growing number of South Koreans are calling on our politicians to shut down this brutal trade,” said Nara Kim, HSI’s South Korea dog meat campaigner.

UPDATE: The last dog, named Clyde, has been removed from the South Korean dog meat farm YOU helped us shut down! Now, more than 50 dogs are safe from misery and cruelty, and they’ll have a chance at new lives!

Posted by Humane Society International on Friday, June 15, 2018

While there is still a lot of work to be done to end the trade entirely in South Korea, the government did impose some restrictions on dog meat markets leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, and public opposition there continues to grow against it, particularly among younger generations, and there’s optimism that it may soon come to an end.

“South Korea’s President Moon is a dog lover who recently opened up his heart and home to a rescue pup. So he will know that these beautiful dogs languishing on dog meat farms are just as loving and smart as any pet dog. President Moon also recently proposed amending South Korea’s Constitution to include respect for animal welfare, so we believe that now is the perfect time for the country to look at HSI’s program as a strategic, workable solution to ending this most heartless of trades,” said Kitty Block, President of HSI.

You can show your support by signing and sharing HSI’s Care2 petition calling on officials in South Korea  to end the dog meat trade for good.

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Danuta W
Danuta W2 months ago

thank you for posting

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Patty L
Patty Langford2 months ago

great news! tyfs

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Amanda M
Amanda M2 months ago

=)

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Amanda M
Amanda M2 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Janis K
Janis K2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Callie R
Callie R2 months ago

Thank you.

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Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan Hill2 months ago

Every life matters.

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Janet B
Janet B2 months ago

Thanks

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

This is good news. May their lives be long and happy.

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Donna T
Donna T2 months ago

great!

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