Nearly 200 dogs rescued from dog-meat trade in South Korea

An animal protection organization saved 196 dogs from a South Korean dog meat trade.

  • Humane Society International team saved nearly 200 dogs from becoming victims of a meat trade in South Korea.
  • The rescued pooches will be looking for their forever families in Canada and the U.S. 
  • Although the majority of South Koreans(84%) refuse to consume dog meat, the trading industry is still legal in the country. 
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Dozens of dogs were about to become victims of a brutal meat trade in South Korea. Thankfully, Humane Society International(HSI) stepped in and rescued the poor animals, which are now looking for their forever homes in Canada and the U.S.

Newsner reveals that the organization saved 196 pooches from dog meat farms. In only one of the farms, there were 170 innocent puppers who were about to be traded as meat in the East Asian country. This became the 17th dog meat farm to be closed by the association.

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As per People, the dogs were of various breeds, including golden retrievers, a poodle, Korean Jindos and Mastiffs, Pomeranians, terriers, and a Labrador. Some of them were still puppies, barely able to walk. While the puppers wait for their forever families, a majority of them will be cared for at a temporary shelter in Maryland. The remaining dogs will be taken to a temporary shelter in Montreal.

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Kelly O’Meara, HSI’s vice president of companion animal campaigns, said in a statement:

“Although most people in South Korea don’t regularly eat dog meat, and support for a ban is growing, there remain thousands of farms of all sizes across the country where dogs of all breeds endure a harsh existence.”

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According to an HSI opinion poll, 59% of respondents were supportive of a ban on dog meat trades.

An opinion poll commissioned by the non-profit organization revealed that 84% of participants say they don’t or won’t eat dog, and 59% support a legislative ban on the trade. O’Meara added:

“With fewer people wanting to eat dog, farmers can see the writing is on the wall for this dying industry and so they work with HSI to find a solution that gives both them and their remaining dogs a chance of a new life. With such interest from dog farmers, and public support, we hope the Korean government will adopt this type of approach to phase out the dog meat industry for good.”

HSI

The dogs that HSI rescued from the hands of South Korean meat traders would be evaluated and given veterinary treatments, if necessary. Following the examination, they will be moved to shelter partners, including SPCA Cincinnati, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, Humane Society of Calvert County, and others involved in the pooch project.

For more Farm Closure Updates and FAQs, visit Humane Society International’s website

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