Nearly 150 Dogs Saved From the Dog Meat Trade in South Korea

Get ready for some happy news: 149 dogs who were destined to be turned into food have been successfully rescued and will now be starting their new lives in peace.

These dogs, who were rescued by a team from Humane Society International (HSI), are among millions who are raised and killed for their meat in South Korea. According to HSI, more than one million dogs are killed and eaten during Bok Nal days – the three hottest days of the summer – mainly as a soup that’s mistakenly believed to improve stamina and virility.

Fortunately, their fate changed when the farmer who was raising them turned to HSI for help. The organization has been working in partnership with those in the industry who express interest in getting out to help them close their farms and transition into other lines of work.

This latest rescue marks the ninth dog meat farm that HSI has permanently closed since 2014, which has resulted in saving the lives of nearly 1,000 dogs who would have otherwise been brutally slaughtered.

The dogs from this farm will now be free from the cages and chains that confined them, and are headed to HSUS Emergency Placement Partner shelters in the U.S. located in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where they’ll be prepared to be adopted into homes where they’ll become members of a family.

The first few have already arrived, and the rest will be on their way in the coming weeks. A group of 15 puppies who were too young to fly are being fostered with their moms until they’re ready to make the trip.

“With every dog meat farm we close, we are not only saving the lives of these poor, terrified dogs caught up in this cruel trade, but we are also presenting a successful blueprint for change that we hope the government will follow. Eating dog is a dying practice in Korea, especially among young people. However, the Bok Nal days of summer still lead many to eat dog meat soup in the mistaken belief that it will invigorate the blood in the sluggish heat. Our campaign shows them the disgusting conditions in which the dogs are forced in live in their own feces, and their pitiful suffering, and it is changing hearts and minds,” said Nara Kim, HSI’s South Korea dog meat campaigner.

While millions of dogs are still at risk, attitudes among the public are changing for the better, particularly among younger generations who are eschewing dog meat.

“Some people say that dog eating is Korean culture, but you won’t find many young people who feel it’s a cultural habit we want to hold on to. It’s intellectually lazy to use culture as an excuse for cruelty because all cultures evolve over time and we often shed practices of the past. We are hopeful that things will change, and that the new Korean president will advance a new culture of compassion to animals. I am so happy that for these dogs the dog meat trade is over, but we have to fight on for the millions who are still suffering,” added Kim.

HSI is continuing to urge the government to act to end the trade ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be hosted in South Korea, and will be heavily campaigning this summer to raise more awareness about the issue locally.

For more info on how to help, and updates on the dogs, check out Humane Society International.

Photo credit: Friends of Oregon Zoo Elephants/IDA

59 comments

Marie W
Marie W9 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIEabout a year ago

THANK YOU to everyone who rescues an animal. A house is not a home without a pet.

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Michele B
Michele Babout a year ago

you can NOT help but see the gratitude, love and relief in a rescued animal. Breaks my heart the cruelty that some go through...only to come out of it still loving and trusting

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Virginia G
Virginia Gabout a year ago

Lucky 150. Great news. We shall not cease the fight to put an end to these evilness

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natasha s
Past Member about a year ago

These beautiful pups will never know how lucky they are. Over 10 thousand of these putrid farms remain with millions of beautiful sweet pooches just like these that are all gonna be butchered in the most horrific ways imaginable. Sorry but i see no end in this most barbaric disgusting industry, No sugar coating it.

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Really fantastic should have happened years ago Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Just awesome Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Greatest news to start a new week Thank you for caring and sharing

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Sonia M

Good news,thanks for sharing

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Steven W
Steven Wabout a year ago

Great news!

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