In South Korea many still consider dogs to be a great source of food and many dogs are bred especially for this purpose. This is a sad fact and we can at least be glad that not all dogs suffer the same fate as we are here to report how many of them were saved from this cruel ending.
The dog farm in South Korea where these dogs were living had very bad conditions according to the Humane Society International and they were flown into emergency shelters in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
An Opportune Moment
The overseer of the companion animal program of the Humane Society International is Kelly O’Meara and she said that the moment of the rescue was the best one possible as the farms there are “more like a dungeon where there’s very little light, little to no ventilation, so the stench of ammonia would bring tears to your eyes when you walk through. You’d see eyes peering at you, but it was hard to actually see the dogs themselves in the dark.”
This was just one of the operations initiated by HSI to save dogs from South Korea and in total they rescued 770 dogs at the time of this article since their first initiatives in January 2015. They brought the puppies and grown dogs to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as a campaign to end the entire dog meat trade across Asia.
A Distraction From the Winter Olympics
The dog meat operation is in the Gangwon province where the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place and the HSI is lobbying with the government of the country to ban out the dog meat trade ahead of this important event.
According to Adam Parascandola, the director of animal protection and crisis response for the Humane Society International,: “With the winter Olympics just over a year away, now is the time for the Korean government to act to end the dog meat trade and let the world focus on the country’s preparations for a great sporting event, rather than on the terrible cruelty of being raised on farms for a product few Koreans consume. These rescued dogs will soon experience the compassion and care of humans that is not afforded to them at these farms. They will serve as ambassadors for the millions of others still suffering on dog meat farms in South Korea.”
The HSI intervened to help some of the people in this trade to find new jobs and look for new opportunities of livelihood and if you are interested in adopting some of these poor dogs you will be interested to know that the common breeds are cocker spaniels, English spaniels, beagles, mastiffs and Jindos so go check the site of Humane Society International to learn more about their initiative.